Hiking and Backpacking can be a wonderful way to disconnect from the modern world, connect with nature, relax, push yourself, and even learn a thing or two. It is easy to see why this is such an attractive hobby but there are a few tools you should know before you begin.

When you are first starting out in the world of hiking and backpacking, you need to know the five essential tools for beginners. These basic items will get you out on the trail in no time and give you the confidence you need to go out there and camp with your friends and family! Not only should these tools help you to 

Hiking Boots

Firstly, your hiking boots. These will be the most important piece of gear for any hiker, so make sure to do plenty of research and testing before heading out for a long trip. If you can, you may want to try the boots on before you make a decision on what to purchase. The size and style you choose will depend a lot on the terrain you will be covering, as well as your personal preference. You will also want to take into account things like weather, to make sure your boots will keep you comfortable. It is also a good idea to wear sturdy wool socks to help protect your feet.

Hiking Poles

Secondly, your hiking poles. These are often disregarded as most beginners do not even realize how handy hiking poles can be when out on the trail. Hiking poles will give you stability through technical terrain and help give strength to tired legs. Again, these can be purchased separately and can be found at the local sporting goods store or at some outdoor stores.

Knife Set

Another important tool for any backpacker is a knife set, preferably with a Swiss army knife and multi-tool. Many knives are easy to sharpen and will also be able to make sharpened edge cuts for most any tools in your kit. These sets were designed to give you everything you may need when spending time on the trail, and even some things you didn’t know you needed.


When it comes to choosing a backpack, you will want to find something specifically made for hiking. These packs are designed to distribute weight and store all the gear that you may need while on a backpacking trip. You can find backpacks in just about any price range and you may even be able to find used backpacks at your local second-hand shop or online.


If you plan on camping overnight, you will want to pack a tent for shelter at night. Tents can be designed to keep you cool during warmer weather or warm during cooler months. You will want to get a tent that is light enough to carry in your pack while leaving plenty of room for your other supplies. 

Of course, there are many other important items such as sun protection, a headlamp, a compass, and a map with good directions. You never know what you may find when you are hiking but by following this basic supplies list, you should be well prepared to begin your camping adventure. It doesn't matter whether you are going on a very short hike, or a week-long trip - these supplies are essential for making sure you enjoy your time outdoors, as well as keeping you safe.

Hopefully, you find these essential tools helpful. If you follow this list, you should have no trouble at all when it comes to starting your own adventure. You should also feel confident and equipped to tackle any task, even the toughest one. It may feel as though there is too much pricey equipment for you to get started with this new hobby, and while there are plenty of items that you are going to want to splurge on, you can also find plenty of items used, on sale, or even for rent. You can also check for coupons and rebates like this Canadian mail-in rebate resource.

Camping is not always easy, and it will never be as easy as a trip to the local campground, but there is still a lot to be learned from this experience. You can learn lots of information from reading a book, or even from your first camping trip.

Author's Bio: 

Katie earned a BA in English from WWU and loves to write. She also adores hiking in redwood forests and photography. She feels happiest around a campfire surrounded by friends and family.