Top 5 Rucksack Essentials For Hikers

If there is one think you don’t want when hiking through the wilderness, it is a heavy backpack. And the best way to avoid this is by only packing the essentials. But what essentials should you take?



When trekking through forests and up hills, you can’t rely on good ol’ Google Maps. Instead, pack other navigation tools like a map and compass so you don’t get lost on your adventure.



Extra clothes

Weather, especially in the UK, can be unpredictable. One minute it is rainbows and sunshine, and the next the heavens have opened. So, make sure you are prepared for the different weather by packing a few extra layers. A lightweight jacket is always a good idea incase the weather turns cold and wet. Also make sure to pack an extra pair of socks in case your feet get wet and to stop them from getting cold.

An odd, yet handy, thing to pack along with extra clothes is some spare shoelaces. You never know when yours will snap and having properly laced up walking shoes will help prevent any foot injuries.


First aid kit

Cuts and scrapes are bound to happen when on a hike, so you need to make sure you’re covered for any trips, falls, and tumbles with a fully stocked first aid kit. Find out what you should include here. If you are on any medication, also make sure to pack those in case of an emergency.


Nutrition and hydration

One of the most important things to do on a hike is keep yourself hydrated. When dehydrated, you will struggle more and can cause health issues.  It can also make you confused and disorientated – not great when in the middle of nowhere. To prevent dehydration, make sure to take at least 2 litres of water for yourself.

It is also just as important for you to maintain a high amount of energy, so you don’t tire quickly. When hiking, you burn calories and energy faster, so you need to keep them topped up. Food like flapjack, protein bars, dried fruit and nuts are all a great source of energy and are essential for any hike.



If you are planning on going on a night hike, a torch will be your lifesaver. Not only will it allow you to see where you are going, you can also use it to signal for help. And whilst a normal handheld torch will do the trick, try to get a head torch so you can be hands free. Also make sure to take spare batteries, or fully charge your torch so it doesn’t cut out on you.