Essential hiking gear

Essential hiking gear you carry and wear

When out on the trail, the gear you take is all you have to rely on until you get back home. Determine what essential hiking gear you need for your adventures. What you carry in your pack will depend on the weather, terrain, time of year, type of adventure, and personal preferences. Whether I’m going for a short walk, day-hike or multi-day adventure, my checklist always starts with the required Ten Essentials. Having trouble deciding what gear’s right for you? Check out some of my field tests and gear reviews.

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Caring for down hiking gear

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Down products are among the most delicate items in your pack. Over time, you come to appreciate their insulation and light weight. When cleaning down items you should be aware that down dries very slowly,...

Choosing a hiking pack

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Choosing the hiking right pack is essential for your outdoor adventure. It’ll be on your back every day, so needs to fit you well. Here’s some important considerations to take note of to ensure you...

Choosing a hiking pack


Apart from looking good, every backpack is designed for a purpose. Different designs and sizes suit different activities.Some will be cross-functional, but the real decision comes from looking at your main activity type.

Choosing a hiking tent

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A tent is more than a place to sleep, it soon becomes shelter, home, and security, so it’s important to choose wisely. Here;’s some tip on choosing a hiking tent.

Choosing your hiking outerwear


Jackets can protect you against humidity, wind and cold. When choosing an outdoor jacket, you either put emphasis on one of those three factors, or compromise for a sufficient level of all-round protection.

How to choose the right daypack

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With so many brands and styles, choosing the right daypack can get a little confusing. Taking a few minutes to identify exactly what you need the daypack for will help make the selection process much...

How to fill a hiking pack

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When heading out on a hike, never underestimate the importance of pack organisation. Use this ‘how to fill a hiking pack’ guide to ensure you’re packing smart to get the most out of any adventure.

How to fit a hiking pack


One of the keys to a comfortable backpack is to get a pack that is the right size for you. Your torso length (not height) is the key measurement; hip size can also be helpful.

How to layer clothes when hiking


Layering clothing is crucial for the comfort and protection of any adventurer. Each layer has a function to maximise your comfort in the outdoors. Call it an art or call it science, when the cold...

Hydration bladders for hiking

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There are many reasons people like hydration bladders and there are many reasons people don’t (cleaning is one of them). Like all things hiking related, it all comes down to personal choice. I like them,...

The benefits of Gore-Tex for hiking

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When it comes to hiking gear, one material that is often praised for its versatility and durability is Gore-Tex. In this post, I’ll explore what makes Gore-Tex hiking gear unique, the pros, cons and alternatives.

Using snowshoes for winter hiking

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You can try hiking in the snow wearing regular hiking boots. However, you’ll soon find that with every step, you’re sinking into the snow making progress tiring and tedious. Snowshoes will make all the difference.

What to wear hiking in Australia


The right clothing for hiking ensures you enjoy hiking in both comfort and safety. Your clothing is important as it is your first line of protection from the cold, the wind, rain, sun, insects, snakes and...

When to use hiking poles


Hiking poles significantly reduce the impact and cumulative fatigue on leg muscles and joints and your lower back, whether going up or down, especially when you’re carrying a load on your back.

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