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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
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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