A Beginner’s Guide to an Overnight Hike

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There’s something special about embarking off into the wilderness for a multi-day excursion.

And with the weather starting to warm up, overnight hikes are much easier to pull off these days.

If you’re looking to try your first one, the timing couldn’t be better. Make your first overnight hiking trip as simple as possible with these handy tips.

Be Realistic About the Logistics

Don’t go overly hog wild on your first try, but rather opt for a realistic route – one that has two (shortish) day hikes and will ensure you’ll reach your camp spot with plenty of time to pitch the tent (and eat) before it gets dark.

Tell someone where you’re going and check the weather beforehand – Ambling into a full-on storm is no fun on your first venture out.

Essentials to Pack

You don’t need to splash out on fancy frills – most stuff you can borrow for the trip. You will need shelter in the form of a tent (as light as possible) complete with a sleeping pad and a pillow.

Make sure you wear comfortable hiking shoes matched with a couple of pairs of socks (damp socks are a real bummer on any hiking trip), hiking pants/shorts, a merino wool vest/t-shirt and a light down jacket – Cotopaxi has a great range.

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