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Packing List for Your Backpacking Trip

Nature offers endless adventures. Embracing them through hiking can increase your physical, mental and emotional well-being. Whether you’re taking a morning trek with the family or braving the wilderness for two weeks, planning is essential to a successful backpacking experience.

Here are some items to never leave behind as you go on your merry way:

  • Quality shoes: Invest in boots or tennis shoes that fit you correctly and provide substantial ankle support. Also consider how much your footwear weighs, since you’ll be carrying or wearing it.
  • Hat: Choose a hat with a brim to provide extra sun protection and to keep camp-hair in check for pictures.
  • Insect repellent: Persistent mosquitoes can ruin a hike. Check out our blog on natural insect repellents and enjoy the sights without the stings.
  • Sun protection: Consider wearing light, layered clothing that covers exposed skin to help guard against sun damage, and use our After Sun Soother to calm sunburn.
  • Camera: Opt for a disposable–you won’t be as worried about keeping up with it or losing charge, and you won’t spend all day habitually flipping through digital pictures.
  • Cellphone: Bring it along in case of emergency, but try to keep it turned off and stowed away. Nature and your fellow hikers deserve your full attention!
  • First aid:  Don’t forget adhesives and our First Aid Cream, First Aid Oil and First Aid Spray. These natural products will help heal sunburn, insect bites and cuts.
  • Raincoat: You never know.
  • Energy bars: Choose an energy bar that is high in protein to nourish you through a long hike.
  • Water bottles: Bring a refillable water bottle and replenish it every chance you get. Hydration is one of the most important elements of a safe and enjoyable hike!
  • Map: Highlight your planned route and one plan B route.
  • Journal, book or yoga mat: Bring a reflective activity along on a shorter hike and make the most of your breaks.
Everything’s better in nature. Some of the best walks are right outside of your front door, and there’s sure to be a park or natural area near your home. Please contact us on Twitter at @SourceVital if you have any comments, questions or concerns! Happy hiking.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paul Colgin is the CEO of Source Vitál Apothecary. Paul will bring you topics that include sales & promotions, company updates, new product launches, trends in the natural beauty & skin care industry, and "at-home" use for men's products.

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