Optional Equipment

Here are some additional items that you may want to consider bringing along with you…

Optional Equipment Checklist

Camera. You will want to take pictures of all the breathtaking vistas so that you can share them with your friends later. A simple point and click digital camera will do, as they are light weight and highly capable. But if you don’t mind carrying the extra weight, then feel free to bring a digital SLR camera with all your lenses.

Binoculars. A great item to have to view wildlife from a safe distance.

Watch/Alarm. It is easy to lose track of time when you are out in the wilderness. A watch with an alarm can be helpful in this regard. If you know that it takes 3 hours to hike up a mountain, then it would be prudent to set your alarm to remind you that you should head back down the mountain at least 3 hours before nightfall.

Sun Protection. Sunglasses, sun screen and a hat are needed all year round especially at the higher elevations where UV intensity increases. Use a sweat proof sunblock with a SPF rating of 30 or higher. A good pair of sunglasses and a brimmed hat will protect your eyes and head from the sun’s glare.

Cell/Satellite Phone. These items will come in handy if you encounter an emergency. Depending on the remoteness of your location, you may need a satellite phone in order to get reception. Always be mindful that reception will be poorer in the mountains than in wide open areas.

Mosquito Netting. If you don’t like the smell and feel of mosquito repellent on your face, then consider getting a bug jacket that covers your arms and head. They are not only fashionable, but practical too!

Hiking Poles. These items can save a lot of wear and tear on your knees and provide you with extra stability especially on steep slopes. Poles can help prevent joint problems later in life, especially if you are an avid hiker.

Gaiters. Gaiters fit over the bottom of your pants and cover the top of your boots to prevent water and snow getting inside. Your feet will greatly appreciate them.