Hiking by yourself

All right, ladies, this one is for you! There’s no question that we are different from the guys. Aside from the obvious anatomy differences and such, we hike differently too. Whether you are just beginning to lay down those boot prints or you are a seasoned hiker, there are some things you might want to consider before your next trail adventure.

Trail Essentials for Lady Hikers

Backpack: It is essential that you find a backpack or daypack that fits you well. A unisex pack will not cut it for the long-term. Many retailers carry women specific backpacks. These are better suited to our feminine frame in the hip belts, shoulder straps and how the overall shape sits on our backs. Check out the brands Osprey and Gregory for great quality and women-specific packs in various sizes. Your back is important; be good to it.

Boots: Your feet and legs will thank you for investing in a good pair of boots. Do not buy a pair of boots online without first having tried them on in a store. Boots vary in overall width, toe box width, arch support, and weight. Find a boot that suits the type of hiking that you do. Merrell has come out with the “Siren” line that is designed for the way a woman moves and features gender-specific stability.

Wicking undergarments: Cotton is a big no-no on the trail. This holds true for our bras and panties, ladies. Why invest in a $30 wicking shirt if you’re going to wear a cotton sports bra underneath it? Chafing, rashes and infections can occur with excess moisture. Protect those lady parts!

Feminine hygiene products: Many of you may think that this is a given, but a lot of ladies leave the house without backup in this department. Tuck an extra tampon or pad into your first aid kit along with a feminine hygiene wipe. Use the wipe to combat bacteria while changing out your product. Please remember to pack it out!

While this is not gender-specific, ALL hikers should have the 10 essentials in their pack. If you are unfamiliar with what they are, please memorize them and make sure that they are always included. The ten essentials are:

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation
  4. Illumination
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire starters
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition
  9. Hydration
  10. ShelterSo there you have it, ladies. Be prepared for the trail and happy hiking!