Hiking is a fun and healthy activity, whether you’re close to home or traveling to distant places. It gives you a chance to explore the plants, animals, and natural beauty of a region. Las Vegas and the surrounding area including the Grand Canyon have some of the best hiking in the United States. It’s just a short 4-hour drive from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon Just remember It’s always important to prepare well for your hikes, even short ones. Before you head out, make sure you bring these 7 essential items for hiking.
Bring Plenty of Food and Water
Bring at least one bottle of water for each hiker. For longer hikes, also bring water purification tablets. Never assume water you find is safe to drink. Also bring a day’s worth of food, including items that don’t require cooking (freeze-dried food, energy bars, trail mix).
Items for Warmth and Shelter
Bring extra clothing such as a rainproof jacket, sweatshirt, and thermal underwear. Space blankets provide lightweight warmth and shelter.
Always bring some type of illumination, even if you plan on returning before dark. Headlamps are useful for hands-free operation.
High tech GPS-equipped devices are nice to have. However, don’t neglect traditional low-tech tools such as a compass and good maps of the local terrain. These are essential if your GPS fails.
First Aid Items
Never go into nature without a first aid kit, including bandages of various sizes, disinfectant, and pain-killer. If anyone takes medication, be sure to bring an extra day’s supply.
Matches or Firestarter
Bring tools that let you start a fire for warmth or cooking. In addition to matches, camping supply companies sell efficient firestarters.
Always wear sunscreen with sun protection of at least 15. Sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB rays are also helpful. To learn about for exciting tour possibilities for your next vacation, contact us.