5 Unexpected Must-Haves for a Hiking Trip

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When planning a hiking trip, you usually think of the basics: water, snacks, sunscreen, and proper footwear. But there are a few less obvious items that can make your adventure smoother and more fun. Here’s a list of surprising essentials to pack for your next hike.

Duct Tape

This versatile item can save the day in countless ways. Use it to fix a tear in your gear, make a quick bandage, or even prevent blisters by wrapping it around problem areas on your feet.

Portable Charger

Keeping your phone powered is crucial, especially if you’re using it for navigation or emergencies. A small, lightweight portable charger can be a lifesaver.

Trash Bags

Bring along a couple of trash bags to carry out your own garbage and even pick up litter you find along the trail. They can also serve as emergency rain ponchos or ground covers.


Do not underestimate the whistle—it’s a great way to signal for help if you get lost or injured. In fact, a whistle is both louder and carries further than your voice.

Notebook and Pen

Jot down trail notes, wildlife sightings, or just your thoughts as you hike. It’s a wonderful way to document your journey and make sure you don’t forget anything.