Do you love to get lost in the woods on a hike but hate feeling unprepared? Do you like to go on day or overnight hikes but aren’t sure what to bring for it? Here’s a list of hiking hacks that will make your life so much easier. Hacks to make hiking a piece of cake!
1. Seasoning straws
Put seasonings like salt, pepper, spices and herbs in straws and light the ends with a lighter for a moment to seal the ends. Now, you don’t have to take bulky seasoners with you on a camping trip.
2. Trail tape
Mark the path you take with trail marker tape that disintegrates naturally if you lose a piece.
3. Water-proof it again
Waterproof your jacket with water-repellent spray– you know, just in case.
4. Tackle blisters with duct tape
Cover up pesky blisters with duct tape instead of band-aids that slip and fall off.
5. Get those ticks out quick!
Ticks are a pain but with this key you can take them out in a cinch. You could also use duct tape if you don’t have a tick key. The point is to take them out as soon as you see them!
6. Know some knots
Knowing how to tie a knot with some rope can actually save your life and be used in many different ways. Memorize some quick knots or bring this card with you in your pack for easy access.
7. Watch out for these demons
Here’s what all the itchy poison leaves look like– now be sure to keep an eye out!
8. Dip matches in shellac to keep them waterproof
No need to worry about rain or snow getting your matches wet now!
9. Bring some instant fire-starters
Bringing soft cotton pads dipped in vaseline or wax will help you get a roaring fire going really quickly.
10. Line your pack
Line the inside of your pack with a trash bag. You’ll be happy you did after all the wet or gunky stuff that leaks all over the place. Plus, you’ll have an easy way to take everything out when you’re done.
11. Fill a medicine container with first aid
Filling this small container with things like band-aids, pills, and bug spray can be a big help.
12. Turn your tent
If you face the door of your tent towards the wind, mosquitos will be less likely to congregate and try to get inside.
13. Keep important things dry
Put things that can’t get wet, like phones, keys, or electronics inside a ziplock bag to keep them dry.
14. Wrap your lighter with duct tape
Wrapping duct tape around a lighter is an easy way to transport tape without the roll and on something convenient.
15. Keep your utensils handy
Putting a fork and spoon on a carabiner attached to your pack is an easy way to always know you’ll have something to eat with!