Hiking denotes a different activity in different places. For example, in North America, it refers to walking long distances on marked paths in nature. In other regions, such as the Middle East, it suggests going on a hike of any duration.
Usually lasting for a full day, hiking involves treading known trails with minimal planning and gear. Unlike trekking, hiking is often self-supported and non-commercial.
I do it cause I can blog will use the term “hiking” for all nature walks lasting 1 to 3 days (including backpacking and camping in between).
Typical Hiking Gear Includes (but not limited to):
- Hiking backpack
- Hiking shoes (could also be your sports shoes as long as you get good ankle support)
- Hiking poles
- Hiking clothes (could also be sportswear, depending on the weather)
- Food & water (hydration is crucial, on average, a person should consume 4.5L a day when hiking)
- First aid kit
- Lighter, a 3m length of 1.5mm cord, emergency blanket
- Map & compass
Multiple-day Hike (in addition to one-day gear):
- Sleeping mat
- Sleeping bag (depending on the weather)
- Portable stove
In my experience, hiking is the most rewarding outdoor activity. It connects you with nature on many levels. If you seek peace and refuge away from civilization, definitely try hiking!