From majestic mountain ranges to sweeping deserts, hiking is a popular way to explore breathtaking landscapes. Hikers need to choose the best equipment to ensure that they stay comfortable and have fun. The right type of hiking backpack makes possessions easy to carry and hiking poles relieve some of the stress from the ankles and knees. Accessories such as a hydration system, satellite phone, and first aid kit are essential for hikers to stay safe and enjoy the trip.
Shoppers should choose a hiking backpack that is the right size for the trip and features internal and external pockets that make it easy to access items quickly. A 30-litre backpack is sufficient for a day hike and can store water bottles, wet and cold weather gear, a food container for snacks, and personal items. A multi-day hike may require a 50-litre to 70-litre backpack.
Hiking backpack features
The top backpacks provide padded shoulder straps to make them comfortable, a padded waist belt to help support some of the load, and a chest strap to help the backpack remain stable, even when the hiker is crossing rough terrain. Special features such as waterproof fabric and a bag design that allows air to circulate to keep the hiker dry in hot conditions are just some of the options consumers have in a hiking backpack.
Hiking poles are useful for travellers that enjoy venturing off the beaten path. Durable hiking poles provide support to help reduce the impact on the ankles and knees. Look for hiking poles that feature a comfortable handle and a spring mechanism that acts as a shock absorber to reduce the stress on the elbows and wrists. Collapsible hiking poles are easy to store when they are not in use. No matter what type of hiking pole is used, hikers should choose the length of pole best suited to their height.
Hiking accessories include communication devices, hydration systems, and gaiters that keep unpleasant items out of boots. Safety equipment is essential, especially for self-guided walks on unfamiliar terrain.
While mobile phones are sufficient for short walks, they may not offer the reception that serious hikers need in dense bush or up mountains. While satellite phones can be costly, they provide reception virtually everywhere, according to Auswalk, a company that specialises in walking holidays. Satellite phones continue to work in poor weather, may have some GPS features, and feature military-grade, rugged cases.
In cool temperatures, hikers should drink around 1.5 litres of water during a full day of walking, but in the heat of the summer, hikers generally need around 3 litres. The best water containers hold a sufficient amount of fluid without leaking or adding unnecessary bulk. For smaller quantities of water, shoppers can choose a BPA-free bottle with a twist cap that stops the flow of water to avoid splashing and spills while hiking. Camelbak offers backpacks with built-in hydration systems that allow walkers to drink larger amounts of water on the go.
Serious hikers can keep rain, sand, mud, grass seeds, and leeches out of their boots with a pair of gaiters. Gaiters should be easy to put on over a pair of hiking boots and protect the lower part of the leg. Shoppers should choose the appropriate gaiters for the environment they are hiking in, as there are a variety of options depending on the level of protection needed.
It is always important for hikers to carry a first aid kit, whether they are alone or with a group. First aid kits should include any personal medication, antiseptic swabs for cleaning minor wounds, a blister kit, and adhesive dressings. Even if hikers are not planning a long trip, it is smart to carry a torch, whistle, and survival blanket in the event of an emergency. In the summer months, hikers can wear a fly net to wear over a hat to keep out airborne insects.
How to buy hiking equipment on eBay
Before buying hiking equipment, you should first consider the length of the hiking trip and the type of environment you are travelling in. Then, you can find the products you need by shopping on eBay. Use the search tool that is available on every page and enter keywords, such as "hiking poles". Browse the list of products and read the item description to find out more about the features of the equipment. Whether you are hiking the Tasmanian Trail or the Bibbulmun Track, the best hiking equipment makes your walk more comfortable and enjoyable.