Hiking supplies and time invested in prep can have a significant impact on the success or failure of a planned trip in the wilderness.

A variety of things can go wrong when exposed to nature, so it helps to get well prepared and take control of the situation, which includes packing the right hiking supplies.

Hiking supplies

Here are nine must-have items to include on a hiking supply list:

Anti-chafe cream

Use an anti-chafe cream with plant-based, natural ingredients to help protect the sensitive areas of the body from the constant rubbing or movement. Proper use of the anti-chafe cream will stop the development of sore skin or blisters while out hiking. The anti-chafe or friction cream should be applied before the skin is rubbed raw because it can be painful to apply to the already damaged skin.


One of the most practical and versatile pieces of hiking supplies is the bandana. The multi-functional bandana can be used as a bug mask, potholder, scarf, headband, hat, etc. It can help to keep the hiker cool if dipped in water before tying in place.

Energy and protein bars

In addition to the liquids to stay hydrated on the trails, it also benefits to eat a healthy and nutritional selection of energy and protein bars. Without the proper intake of fuel it will be difficult to complete the longer trails. Include plenty of easy to get down snacks to stay energized for the entire length of the trail.

First-aid kit

A well stocked first-aid or survivor kit is an essential piece of equipment to include in the list of hiking supplies. A pre-packed or custom kit can include:

  • Bandages
  • Button compass
  • Emergency blanket
  • Fire-starting materials
  • Gauze

A survivor kit should come complete with enough supplies to keep the injured party warm and dry in the event of an unexpected incident on the hiking trails.

Head protection

Wear a hat on the exposed hiking trails to help beat the constant heat. A simple method to stay cool is to dip the hat in water before placing on the head. Plus, certain fabrics have a 50 plus UPF rating to help give extra protection on sunny days.

Hydration packs

Get a readily available supply of water with a hydration system. Hydration packs are simply bags of water (packed inside a backpack) with a tube attached to make it easy to get liquid refreshment on the go. Hydration packs are great for the trails that have minimum H20 stops. Most of the large size systems have enough space to not only accept the water bladder, but also extra gear and food supplies.

Hydration tablets

Add the Nuun tablets (Nuun.com) to a bottle of water to benefit from a boost in electrolytes and extra flavor. This is a simple solution to keep electrolytes in balance and perfect for all types of physical activities, include hiking, rowing, kayaking, running, cycling, etc.


Headbands come in plenty of fashionable designs and styles to give great performance on the hiking trails. A velvet lining is a great addition to help provide a non-slip and comfortable grip. When it is hot and sweaty, it will certainly help to push the hair back from the face.

Light jacket

A light and breathable jacket is certain to benefit on the hiking trails that have a high chance of experiencing bad weather. Most are lightweight and easily fold up to ensure minimal space is taken up in the backpack. A minimalist rain shell is a practical addition for the pack for those just in case situations.