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What You Need For A Day Hike (plus why you need to take one!)

When life gets too crazy, too involved, or too busy, we easily forget that we need to take time for ourselves.

As much as we hate to admit it, we give a lot of ourselves to the world around us on a daily basis. Focusing at work. Visiting family. Keeping up with a home. Raising children. Commitments we cannot control. But what we tend to forget is ourselves.

A simple solution? A personal day hike.

We’ve gathered up a quick list of everything you’ll need while taking the day for yourself.

  1. Backpack
  2. Mountain House Meals (one for breakfast & lunch)
  3. Backup Fire Steel
  4. Poncho
  5. Multi-tool
  6. Small First Aid Kit
  7. Solo Stove Pot 900
  8. Matches
  9. Headlamp
  10. Water bottle
  11. Solo Stove Lite
  12. Hunting Knife
  13. Compass
  14. Sunscreen

 

Spending time outside is a great boost to your physical and mental health

Spending time outside is a great boost to your physical and mental health. There have been several studies showing that time spent out in nature benefits humans by having a de-stressing effect on people as well as improvements in short-term memory, eliminating fatigue, and improving your ability to focus.

Other Health Benefits:

Boost energy

One study shows that spending just 20 minutes outside a day gives your brain and body the same energy feeling as a cup of coffee

Rejuvenate creativity

A group of psychologist found that a study of backpackers showed upwards of 50% higher on a creativity test after only spending a few days

Boost your immune system

Scientist have said that inhaling more phytoncides, chemicals made by plants, helps to increase our white blood cells.

Makes us better people

Studies suggest spending time outside helps us forget about the pressures of everyday life allowing us to focus on the more important things in life like family, relationships and the overall community.