Packing for a short hike: The essentials
I’m headed to Deep Creek, Md., this weekend to experience some new outdoors spots, brews and more.
While I’m there, I’ll be working on a piece for Recreation News magazine, focusing on off-season activities and ideas for travelers.
During my stay, I’ll be hiking the five-mile Swallow Falls State Park loop, which takes you to a few waterfalls, including the main attraction: Swallow Falls.
When doing a short hike, it’s still good to be prepared. Here’s what you’ll find in my pack:
1. But first, the pack.
I use an Osprey Tempest women’s pack. It’s comfortable, lightweight and perfect for day trips.
2. Merrell Hiking Boots
OK, not actually IN the pack, but still an essential part of the trip. I prefer boots that are low on the ankle to provide enough support without feeling too constricted. The pair I have isn’t sold anymore, but a similar pair can be found here.
3. Grand Trunk hammock
What’s better than hiking to a waterfall? Hiking to a waterfall and then hanging your hammock for a relaxing afternoon at it. I use Grand Trunk’s double parachute nylon hammock.
4. Photo gear
I shoot with a Canon Rebel T3 plus a GoPro Hero 4. Purchasing a GoPro was one of the best decisions I made – I’ve definitely gotten my money’s worth in the 10 months I’ve had it.
5. Other important stuff
Like sunscreen, pepper spray and a small first aid kit. And don’t forget the snacks ! I usually carry a Clif bar (or two) to stay on the safe side -as well as two bottles of water