Nothing clears the cobwebs like a long trek in the open air. Here are some essential (and not so essential) gear choices for your first forest foray of the year. And don’t forget to check out Susan Charkes’s 2018 guide to the best 50 hikes in SEPA, only a year old and already in its second printing. Happy Trails!
1 – CamelBak Classic Hydration Pack — The classic hydration system that never fails. This model’s 85 oz. bladder is perfect for longer hikes.
2 – The North Face Jester Bag — You can never go wrong with North Face anything. This is the perfect-sized bag for a day hike in the old outdoors. It’s light, breathable, and the padded straps take the weight off your shoulders.
3 – Woxlica Summer Cotton Top — A cute and breathable top on and off the trails.
4 – Women’s Zumba Pant — Great for light hiking and trail running.
5 – Men’s Quick Dry Outdoor Cargo Pants — These pants check all the boxes for adventure-seeking men, rain or shine.
6 – Four-Season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware — This handy book provides inspiration for veteran trail tacklers and newcomers alike.
7 – The “Don’t Die in the Woods” Survival Tent — The name says it all.
8 – White Chocolate Macadamia Cliff Bars — Because we all know WCM is the best-tasting Cliff bar, right?
9 – Danish Merino Wool Hiking Socks — Trust the Danes: These wool socks will keep your feet comfortable and dry.
10 – WATERFLY Pack for Water Bottles — For those who can’t stomach the CamelBak way of staying hydrated on the trail, these water bottle saddles do the trick.
11 – Coleman Pocket Compass — Don’t go into the woods without one.
12 – Safety Survival Whistle — For when you’ve left your compass at home.
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