Moving to Calgary introduced us to real hiking, not just Ontario hiking where you walk along grass and dodge a couple of trees, but hiking where you need to watch for bears and pay attention to the trails.
Here is a roundup of some of the items that we bring with us on every hiking trip:
- Duct tape: as weird as it sounds, you’d be surprised the solutions that Duct tape provides (we once repaired snowshoes to get us through the trail).
- Bear Spray: safety first. Make sure you buy bear spray at Atmosphere or MEC before taking on the trails. Note: pepper spray for humans is not the same as bear spray. Bear spray is about 20x the size.
- Chap Stick: a must-have to keep lips from cracking.
- Snacks: how much you bring will be dependent of the length of your hike. Our favourites to bring are Kashi snack bars, apples and trail mix.
- Water: at least two large bottles per hike.
- Sunscreen: always good to have on hand to protect you from the sun.
- Sunglasses: even if it’s not sunny when you leave, you want to be armed in case the sun does come out. Squinting for hours is never fun.
- Socks: wet feet are the worst. Be prepared in case you step in a puddle.
- Mini First-Aid Kit / Bandaids: be ready for any scrapes or blisters.
- Matches/lighter: hope for the best, but expect the worst. Matches/lighter can come in handy, even for little things like removing splinters.
- Layers: Alberta’s weather is very unpredictable so be prepared with a light rain jacket and warmer layer in case the forecast changes.
- Gloves: be prepared for the ever changing climate.
- Extra phone charger: there is nowhere to plug in and you don’t want to end up with a dead phone. Stash this in your backpack to get some juice on the car ride home.
Anything we missed? Let us know in the comments.
xo, late & lovely