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Hiking Essentials ~ #EverydayTraveler #BetterWithABackpack

Sponsored by Zappos.

I am trying to get back into shape and hiking has always been something that I enjoy. Today I am sharing my hiking essentials and how Baggallini® helps me keep it together.

I have always enjoyed hiking since my days in the Caribbean. I actually hiked to the top of the very active La Soufrière Volcano back in St. Vincent and the Grenadines while I was a teenager. I have hiked up mountains and in valleys and had a blast while doing so. Back then it was never really about staying in shape, it was more about having fun with friends who were doing the same thing I was doing. As I got older, I needed a way to stay in shape, something that I would still enjoy and won't cost a lot. There are so many reasons why you should go hiking. It's not only exercise for you and your body, but it's a great way to see the great outdoors and it's relatively cheap to do. However, when you go hiking, there are always a few things that you should keep with you, and you're also going to need a backpack to keep it all. One of my favorite brands has always been the Baggallini, I just adore their bags. Not only are they the perfect size, but they've never let me down!

So what exactly are my hiking essentials?

Whenever I go out in the sun, I always make sure that I put on my sunscreen. Yes, I burn too! I live in a very high altitude state, which means that I'm closer to the sun. Always follow the directions of your sunscreen and reapply as necessary. Protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.

While the sunscreen protects your skin from the sun, you'll need sunglasses to protect your eyes. Sunglasses not only protect your eyes against the sun's UV rays, which could lead to cataracts, but they also protect the skin around your eyes, and in turn helps protect against skin cancer.

Nutrition Bars
You're going hiking, you're not going to dinner, so no need to bring a full course meal. However, having a few nutrition bars on hand will help fuel your hunger, and replenish the calories that you burn during your hike.

It's important to stay hydrated. Whether you're going for 30 minutes or 3 hours, walk with a bottle of water. The bigger the better. You'll be losing fluids while you walk due to perspiration, drinking water will help replenish what you lose.

Now you may have driven to your destination, but I never leave home without my wallet. While you may not need your credit cards, it's always a good idea to have a bit of cash on hand and your identification card.

Cell phone
I never leave home without my cell phone. In the event of an emergency I feel good knowing that I have my cell phone in order to call someone or 911. Since I also have children, I need to be reachable in the event of an emergency at home. My cell phone also comes in handy as my camera to take photos of the wildlife and flowers that I come in contact with.

Power Bank
While you should be enjoying nature and forgetting about social media, you may however want to take photos of the nature that  you do see. I always keep a power bank handy in the event of my battery dying before I'm ready to go home.

First Aid Kit
I never go hiking without a first aid kit. You can purchase a mini kit that contains the essentials. You never know what can happen on your hike, you can fall down a hill, end up with a headache, fall in some bushes. Anything is possible and it's always best to be prepared.

Bug Spray
You're dealing with the outdoors and there are going to be insects around. With the threat of the West Nile and Zika virus still around, be sure to cover your clothing and exposed skin to keep you protected.

Hand sanitizer or wipes are great to clean up. If you sit on the ground while having a quick break, having a wipe to clean your hands, or even to wipe all the dirt from your face at the end of the day will have you feeling "so fresh and so clean-clean".

Comfortable clothing and shoes
Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. While your shoes may be dependent on where you're going hiking, be sure they are appropriate. Moisture wicking clothing is best for hiking as they keep you drier longer and help regulate your temperature better.

Bag for collecting trash
Don't litter! Clean up after yourself. Since there may be no trash cans near by on your hike, walk with bags that you can use for collecting your trash.

Backpack to Hold it All
My Baggallini Excursion Sling backpack holds everything that I need for my hiking excursions. Don't underestimate it's size, it's a superpower. It's not only cute but also functional. What I love about it is the fact that I can use it as a sling or as a regular backpack, with it's unique zipper that divides into two straps. There are lots of pockets and zippers to hold everything and keep them safe. What you may not know, is that on the back is a hidden zipper pocket where I keep my wallet. Since it's against my body I feel secure knowing that it's safe.

Whether you're about to start working out, getting in shape or just going for a casual walk, check out the Baggallini backpacks on Zappos and start your own hiking journey.

Annmarie John
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  1. I am not much of a hiker, but I do like going walking around my neighborhood even to exercise a bit. But if I were to hike you nailed all the items I would be bringing with me. Plus love the new bag you have to store it all in :)

  2. I went hiking for the very first time this summer and I loved it so much, although I admit I was VERY unprepared. Thanks for sharing this! I'm going to save this for the next time I go!

  3. Excellent tips here. It's so important to bring along snacks and water when you go hiking to keep your energy and hydration in order.

  4. Water, snacks, and a first aid kit are always with us when we go hiking. You have to stay fueled for you hike, and you have to be prepared for emergencies.

  5. I can't tell you the last time I went hiking. I keep saying that I want to try it as I live in an area that makes it very possible. You definitely held a lot in that bag though. While I might not need it for hiking, I could think of some other places that bag would be handy.

  6. We love hiking in Seattle and around all the beautiful mountains in Washington. This little bag just might work for me because I dislike carrying a large pack on our short 2-3 hour hikes. Thanks for sharing!

  7. The backpack is awesome!~
    I imagine you need even more water where you are because of the dry air and elevation, right? Here we do but not in the same way.
    I don't even leave the house to go down the street without a nutrition bar!!

  8. Omg looks like so much fun! We're hikers as well and always seems to forget something. We'll have to remember your checklist next time we go!

    Carrie & Shannon

  9. I can't wait for Fall. We don't do much Summer hiking because of the heat.

  10. These all seem like sensible things to pack for a hike. But ahhhhh if I saw that sign about rattlesnakes present I would not have gone in hahaha. Terrified of snakes right here!!

  11. I have always been a beach person but I love hiking from time to time. It's a great way to appreciate nature. I think you pretty much covered all the essentials. I never ever forget water and snacks. I am loving your bag, it fits everything!

  12. This is a great list of essentials for a hike. Water and sunscreen are a must for anything you do outside in Florida.

  13. Terrific tips. I was thinking that your backpack was too small and then you showed how you fit everything in there. I'm impressed. I need to plan a hike!

  14. You definitely need to bring a lot of essentials on a hike. You don't want to get out in the middle of nowhere and feel unprepared. That can lead to scary situations!

  15. We have just started hiking this summer. We love it! It is just so peaceful being out in nature. Great tips on what to bring and I love the backpack.

  16. I used to love going hiking with i lived in NC. there is a lot less hiking down here in FL but i guess the boating and kayaking can make up for it.

  17. I think this is awesome! I love hiking and it's been one of my favorite things to do because it's also some much needed quiet time for me. This bag is lovely, I'd love to get one for myself, it fits a LOT of things!

  18. Such a great list of essentials! I think having some sort of snack/nutrition bar with you is so important - especially if it's a hot day and/or a long hike!

  19. I go hiking once a month and I never forget most of these essentials you have listed. We dont have a lot of bugs over here so I have never really thought to bring along bug spray, and fortunately our hiking trails have bins or some sort most of the time.

  20. Love the bag, I dislike purses as they usually make one of my shoulders sore. Love this idea as the weight would be more on my back and not just one shoulder.

  21. Thanks for sharing your list! We don't go hiking often but this really helps a lot. Love your backpack, too! :D

  22. Looking happy and gorgeous! I haven't been hiking in a long time, but you definitely do want to take water, of that one I am sure... no matter if it's a burden or not at the start, you're always thankful to have it along later

  23. Such a great list of hiking essentials. We always bring a nice backpack to put everything in.

  24. I'm loving this backpack. I really like the compact design that makes it easy to carry but also large enough to hold all the essentials. The secret zipper is also a great feature.

  25. I like going on short hikes. I can't do long ones with ascents because I easily get exhausted. I love your little back pack too. I can't believe you could fit in so much in there.

  26. This is a great list! I never know what to bring when we go hiking! I always overpack!

  27. Thanks for these awesome hiking tips. I always have a medical emergency kit with me everywhere I go. I also have one in the glove compartment of my car. I will keep all of your tips in mind when me and my family go on our next hiking adventure.

  28. I'd love to go hiking! Not sure where here in NE we can but I'm sure we can find a place or make a trip to SD! Looks like so much fun. Nature is so peaceful!!

  29. We love exploring and hiking nature. I love your backpack and will have to remember to bring all of these things with us next time we go!

  30. I love that you brought a bag for collecting trash! That's such a smart idea and such a great thing to do!

  31. That's a cute bag! I love sling bags like that-- it goes well with my travel lifestyle. Bags like this, are easy to take to amusement parks and carry through airports. You can still have all your essentials, without feeling weighed down like the heavy backpacks.


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