What to Bring and Wear On a Hike | Essential Hiking Gear

What to Bring & Wear On a Hike | Essential Hiking Gear

I shared on Instagram that I’ve been trying to take every Friday off to go on hikes with my family or friends. We live in such a beautiful mountain town; it only makes sense that I really make the time to get out and enjoy the gorgeous views and activities! I’ve been hiking ever since we started coming to Telluride… 8 years ago, and there are quite a few things I’ve picked up that might help you get properly outfitted for your upcoming hikes.

I’m sharing my hiking must-haves below.

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#1 | Pick the Best Hiking Shoes

The number one must-have is great hiking shoes. Salomon makes THE BEST! And, I mean … BEST. They are lightweight, and have SO much traction, which is essential when you’re hiking! I have the Speedcross trail runners (newer version) and love them…and they have TONS of options to choose from. I ran a mountain race in these shoes as well so these shoes are also awesome for trail running.

Shop more Salomon here.

Hiking Essentials, what to wear on a hike, Camelbak hydration pack, matching Stella McCartney pink sports bra leggings in Telluride, Colorado

Hiking Essentials, what to wear on a hike, Camelbak hydration pack, matching Stella McCartney pink sports bra leggings in Telluride, Colorado

Hiking Essentials, what to wear on a hike, Camelbak hydration pack, matching Stella McCartney pink sports bra leggings in Telluride, Colorado

#2 | Hydrate! Plan How You’ll Carry Water

Next, you’ll need to stay hydrated! It’s a no brainer but I’ve found the most convenient way to take water on your hike and remain hands-free…a Camelbak hydration pack. I have the “Charm” version of the backpack and love how small and lightweight it is. One major tip is to get a water bag that has a slider top instead of the screw-on closure to prevent leaking. I’ve tried both and have dealt with screw-on tops that have leaked a ton! They drive me insane. SLIDER TOP ONLY.  

More from Camelbak here.

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#3 | Prepare for Inclement Weather With a Rain Jacket

Lastly, make sure you bring a rain jacket! Especially in Colorado, we get a lot of storms during the summer… especially during monsoon season. You may be at 10,000 feet and all of a sudden the sky turns black and it starts pouring. That is REALLY scary and best to avoid if possible…BUT, when it does start pouring, just pull out your rain jacket. I love this one by The North Face because it’s lightweight and has a hood! It’s also packable so you can throw it into a backpack instead of wearing around your waist! The ability to cinch your hood is also a big deal. If you’ve ever been caught in a mountain storm, you’ll understand.

Shop more rain jackets here.

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My Hiking Outfit

I’m wearing a matching set by Stella McCartney x Adidas. I love the color and fit of the bra and leggings. If you’re uncomfortable wearing a sports bra and leggings, you can easily throw on a tank or tee too! Finally, I always wear some sort of hat or visor so I can protect my face from the sun. You can double down and wear a hat with sunglasses too.

Did I miss something?? What are your hiking must-haves??? Please share in the comments. 

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  2. Ok I love leggings when I’m trail running but not so much when I’m hiking, Hiking I tend to track through more Brush and we sit down more for breaks on logs and Rocks so I like the durability of HIKING pants. ugh theY can be kind of well ugly utilitarian. But I found the taureen pant by ReI it’s a skinny style Trouser looking pant in really cute colors a peppercorn a charcoal, navy and an olive green.

    1. SO awesome…thanks for sharing these with us!! I sometimes wear shorts with tall socks or longer leggings if I’m on tight trails. Erin xo

  3. great post and beautiful pictures (as always) 🙂 I love my Salomon Trail running shoes as well! But for more intense hiking in the mountains, when the ground is uneven and/or there are steep passages I prefer wearing hiking boots that cover and support the ankle. Additionally to wearing lots of sunscreen I always wear a tee that covers my shoulders. That also helps to prevent rubbing from the backpack straps.
    I’d love to see more Hiking/outdoor sports fashion content from you!

    1. Yes…sunscreen is a MUST!! Especially at altitude. And, I totally get the desire for ankle support. I feel like if I’m wearing the boots, they add 10 pounds to my feet. 😉 That’s why I prefer my lightweight trail runners.

  4. GREAT ARTICLE! I LOVE HIKING, TOO & HAVE JUST A FEW THINGS TO ADD. These aren’t “outfit” related but have saved me in the past:
    ~ SPF LIP BALM (GETTING SUNBURNED LIPS IS THE WORST)
    ~ PROTEIN BAR OR SMALL BAGGIE OF A SNACK WITH THINGS THAT WON’T MELT (LIKE NUTS, RAISINS, DRIED FRUIT, TOASTED COCONUT FLAKES, ETC). THIS HAS SAVED ME ON HIKES WHERE IT TOOK A LOT LONGER THAN WE THOUGHT IT WOULD
    ~ a small Sandwich bag with some kleenex in it (for peeing emergenCies). RememBer to put your used tissues back in the resEalable Bag to carry away with you and throw away later – no littering 🙂
    ~ IF YOU’RE NOT BRINGING A HYDRATION PACK WITH A SMALL POCKET TO INCLUDE THOSE THINGS, THEN A SMALL FANNY PACK WORKS GREAT.
    Cheers!!

  5. I just wanted to let you know you look more gorgeous now than ever! Whatever you are doing girl, keep it up!!!