Some weeks are crazier and more overwhelming than others, and this past week has been one for the books. All of it was work related, which is sometimes part of the description. On Sunday evening I took time to think of everything I wished to write this week for my blog. Fast forward six days and well I have only had one post. Now that the dust of this hectic week has settled I finally have time to relax and write a post.
Utah weather is finally at the point where it is being a tease. After what I am pretty sure has been the longest winter of my life, the snow is beginning to melt. Although I anticipate the weather to turn cold again, I am finally hopeful that Spring/Summer is on its way. What better way to celebrate than to discuss some of my favorite hiking relating items!
Okay so this item actually belongs to Lynden. I purchased it for him 3 years ago, and it has been one of my best investments. In fact, I actually plan to buy myself a similar one. The thing I love most about this product is its storage. The M.U.L.E packs can hold up to 100 ounces. This pack has several compartments to store food, first aid items, and any other miscellaneous items of your choosing. Besides being lightweight, one of my favorite features of this pack is that it can extend to hold your jacket.
Next to adequate water storage, an important hiking item is proper footwear. Finding a comfortable hiking shoe has been challenging. Three years ago I purchased a pair of Tevas. Sadly, these shoes were not an ideal match for me as I could never fully break into them. After years of trying of naively wearing them and hoping to not receive any blisters, Lynden suggested I try a different brand. Surprisingly I was able to pick up my pair of shoes for $35. These have been perfect. After every hike my feet are not only blister free, but are also feel less worn out.
Let’s face it, hiking in Utah during the warm summer months can be hot! Last year while visiting a Columbia Outlet I came across these shorts. In addition to being fashionable, they are very comfortable and ideal for any challenging hike.
Nothing on a hike is worse than feeling the hunger pains. Now for any hiker I would obviously suggest packing fruit. An orange or banana is easy to pack, and great for when your blood sugar level is dropping due to hiking. Fruit alone however is not filling enough for some hikes, especially the challenging ones that require scrambling. Cliff bars are one item that is always a must have when hiking. Usually we purchase the Peanut Butter flavored one because in my opinion they taste the most natural. In addition to provided necessary protein to keep you full while hiking, these items are ideal to save as they do not easily dry out.
Okay so now that I have shared four of the items we never are without on a hike, please take a moment to share your favorite items. I mean after all, the only way any of us can discover new favorites is through recommendations and reviews!