Yes, we girls can do anything men can, and we are not afraid to admit we also like a little comfort here and there. I am not ashamed to say that everything listed below is always in my pack when hiking or trekking, as far as I’m concerned these are essentials.

Now, if you are a man and you are going hiking with a woman then pay attention, if your female companion didn’t bring some of the items below you may well score some serious brownie points whipping one of these things out of your pack at an opportune moment, the timing will be your choice, I can’t do everything for you.

13 Essentials for an Overnighter in the Outdoors
  1. Chocolate or Trail Mix. When you are tired some excellent chocolate is a treat, if all you can get is a Snickers then so be it My current favorite chocolate to bring on a hike is a chai infused milk chocolate bar, to die for!
  2. Hot Water Bottle, boil some water and put it in your sleeping bag a few hours before you turn in, you’ll be cozy all night.
  3. Hair Tie or elastic band is a must have for any woman with long locks. It’s always good to have a few back-ups as well.
  4. Hand Warmers, unless you are in a hot climate, you’ll benefit from carrying a few of these. When you are not hiking and a bit chili these little gems can bring a smile to anyone’s face.
  5. Laundry Line and a couple of tacks. Hang your line in-between two trees and hang your stuff to dry, not too close to the fire though!
  6. Trekking Poles I always meet a lot of women who were really happy they had poles. I never thought I would use poles, but they do make life a lot easier when going up or down steep hills, they help you keep your balance very nicely.
  7. Face Wipes that can double as body wipes. I use Sephora brand; they are so refreshing after a sweaty day of hiking and first thing in the morning. They are my shower in a towelette.
  8. Warm Fuzzy Socks, these are awesome for sore, tired feet.
  9. Diva Cup, sorry but this has to be one of the best inventions of all time. It’s a “woman’s product” and if you’re not yet aware of how easy it now is to get your period when in the great outdoors you’ll want to check this product out.
  10. Lightweight Umbrella. I’ve experienced some serious storms at times when it’s supposed to be blue sky’s and warm. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
  11. SPF 70. Try to get some unscented high SPF for your trip. In case you’ve not noticed SPF 30 just doesn’t cut it anymore.
  12. Insect Repellent. You never know how bad the insects can be until you get where you’re going and it’s always better to be safe than sorry and covered in bites.
  13. Allergy Pills. I never used to have allergies, and after a surprise allergy attack on a kayaking trip, I always pack some just in case.

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