Good socks are underrated. Even with hiking boots, poor-quality socks can make a hike unbearable! Select fabrics with merino wool and avoid cotton at all
costs. When washing socks, pay attention to the washing instructions and air dry them.
Several Layers of Clothing
Layers on layers of weather-appropriate clothing are vital when hiking. One outfit is never the right move because the weather is
unpredictable, and your body temperature will change throughout the hike. Bring a spare jacket! If there’s a chance of rain, bring a raincoat instead! I like scarves because they’re lightweight and can warm you up quickly. Prioritize light-layer fabrics over bulky pieces.
Sunscreen is essential even when you’re not tanning/relaxing on the beach. UV radiation is no joke, especially at high altitudes. Make sure you have
sunscreen to protect the moneymaker (your face)! Melanin or not… sunscreen is a must! Even I’ve gotten sunburnt while hiking in Peru with SPF 50; why are you wearing less? Reapply every couple of hours. Wear it now, and your future self with fewer wrinkles will thank you later.
I love snacks, and I get miserable when I'm hangry. Full disclosure: If I run out of food, the whole park is getting shut down pronto!
Seriously, snacks keep your blood sugar and energy levels up, especially when the opportunity to get food is hours away. Clif Bars and trail mix are always a safe bet. Avoid foods that will melt in the heat.