We’ll keep it quick, because when you come on a hike with HMH it’s about the experience, not the planning. That being said we want you to arrive prepared, and there are certain things you should never head out into the wild without! Stuff you need: Water- Whether in a bottle or a bladder you should always have water! 2-4 liters depending on the distance/intensity of the outing Personal First Aid- Prescription medication, EpiPens to Inhalers and everything in between. Your guide will have a comprehensive kit, but it is crucial you bring personal medications Personal Identification- Just the essentials (license, insurance card, etc.) Snacks- Sweet and salty snacks are energy and mood boosters, they’ll keep you going! Stuff you might want: Trekking Poles- An amazing asset that takes 25% of the impact off your joints and knees Hat- Sun protection or warmth depending on the season Bandana (1-3)- A multipurpose tool: headband, sweat rag, snot rag, towel, and for the ladies- a pee rag Insect Repellent- Because mosquitos and may flies are annoying Gold Bond/ Body Glide- Sometimes we chafe, chaffing sucks Sunglasses- Sun protection for your eyes Sunscreen- Sun protection for the rest of you A Foam Seat- A lightweight piece of foam will keep your butt dry and stop your body form loosing heat when you take a rest Stuff you should wear Hiking Boots or Trail Runners- Your shoes should fit well, belong to you, and have good tread. You don’t have to run out and buy new boots. A good pair of sneakers are actually better than a pair of brand new, stiff boots. Hiking Socks- Preferably wool or a synthetic blend- Wool breathes, manages moisture and temperature, and preforms when wet. Darn Tough and Injinji are favorites of ours, but there are many great brands out there. Be sure the thickness is appropriate for the climate and fit of your shoes Short Sleeved T-shirt- A lightweight wicking material is best to stay dry and cool Hiking/ Running Shorts or Pants- Appropriate athletic wear for the temperature, remember it gets colder at altitude Long Sleeved Shirt- A lightweight long sleeve is great for layering at higher altitudes, in the morning, in the evening and after you stop sweating Lightweight Fleece or Wool Layer- Layering is the key to being comfortable and safe in the backcountry. Always bring this along, even in the summer. Rain Gear- Always have some type of waterproof option. The weather can change in a moment, especially in the mountains and especially in New England! Some may opt for a rain jacket and pants, while others may find a $1 poncho will do the trick. **Hiking light is important to us, but so is safety. Your HMH guide can advise you on what to bring or leave behind before your hike. More questions? Send them directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
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