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Hiking - Essential Checklist

Hiking can mean a lot of different things for different people - a walk on a paved forest path to a 8 hour mountain trek. Regardless of your fancy, here is a simple hiking checklist.


Hiking Checklist | Motor City Axe
Hiking Checklist | Motor City Axe

  • Backpack (or daypack): Choose one that is comfortable and suitable for the length of your hike. Most quality outdoor stores can help size you for a pack that fits your body.


  • Navigation tools: Map, compass, or GPS device to help you find your way. Unless you're off the grid most spots have cell service - you can use an app like All Trails.


  • Hydration: Water bottle(s) or a hydration reservoir to stay well-hydrated, especially if there is signification elevation change.


  • Snacks: Pack lightweight and energy-rich snacks like trail mix, protein bars or fruits.


  • Footwear: Wear comfortable, appropriate hiking boots or shoes. A well traveled path might only require a tennis shoes while a lesser traveled trail might require something with more ankle support.


  • First aid kit: Include bandages, pain relievers, blister treatment


  • Sun protection: Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat 


  • Rain gear: A waterproof jacket or poncho in case of unexpected rain


  • Flashlight (or headlamp): Important for safety and signaling - you never know what might happen in nature.


  • Multi-tool or pocket knife - we sometimes hike with The Outsider or one of our knives


  • Bug repellent


  • Camera: Capture the memories



Whatever your journey holds, make sure you are prepared for what life and nature can (and will) throw at you! And props to you for getting outside in the first place! We've written about the benefits of nature and how healing it can be!


Grab a hatchet, book a trip and hit the trails - we'll see you out there!

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