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Hiking is fun and a great way to enjoy the great outdoors, here are 3 useful hiking items to make your next trip even more enjoyable.

Trekking Poles

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Having a friend to lean on can help everyone in a trying time but having two buddies to lean on all the time is even better. Trekking poles can make every hike a little easier and to help reduce impact. If you have recurring leg problems, pains, or injuries trekking poles have been scientifically proven to lessen the impact on your legs. You can help treat these injuries or prevent them with the help of trekking poles.

To find a proper length you are going to want a 90-degree bend at the elbow when at rest. There are a plethora of options to get on your poles to help you. Shock absorption, adjusting poles and differing weights, among others. You can choose to have one or two, whichever you prefer for support can work for you. When picking your poles, you are going to want them to be as light as possible so that your arms do not get tired from holding them, and that they do not weigh down your pack when being stored. Trekking poles are a great way to lessen the impact of rough terrain so you can keep pushing forward.

Multi-Tool

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You never know when you are going to need the help of tools on a hike. They can come in handy for cutting out a broken shoelace, to picking out splinters, to basically anything that may come up on the trail. The multitool gives you a small and convenient way to be ready for any situation that may arise. Having access to dozens of tools without having to carry bulky toolboxes or make tough decisions about which hardware you can fit in your bag can be a lifesaver. It’s small enough that you can fit it in a pocket or pouch in your bag and barely notice its there. Having a multi-tool will make you prepared for anything nature throws your way, so pack it every time you venture out into nature.

Flashlight or Headlamp

hiking item flashlight

Miscalculating how long a hike will take could be an enormous problem, especially if the sun is setting and you are running out of daylight. Be prepared for a situation like this by carrying a flashlight or strapping on a headlamp. Without the light of the sun to see, all of a sudden nature becomes enormously more dangerous. You can twist an ankle or much worse by misjudging a step without the necessary light to see. Even more, you can use a flashlight as a signal for other members of your party to know where you are and where to go. Keep some extra batteries for your flashlight or headlamp around as well so that you do not run out of light at an inopportune time. Keep a flashlight and stay safe when you go hiking.

 

Keep these three items in your pocket or in your pack so you can be prepared for whatever mother nature throws at you the next time you go hiking.

By Liam McGrath

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