Everything You Need to Pack for Your Next Hiking Trip for as Little as $6

Woman wearing a backpack hiking on a grassy trail

Packing smart for your next hiking trip can be a challenge, especially when it's your first time. Here are 10 hiking essentials you won't want to forget before you hit the trail.

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Coghlan's Magnetic Pocket Metal Case Compass

Due to spotty reception or low battery, you can't always rely on GPS navigation in the wilderness. If it's getting late and you've strayed away from the trail, find your path the old-fashioned way. The Coghlan's Magnetic Pocket Metal Case Compass features a luminous dial you'll have no trouble seeing in the dark, and its positive stop lock and jewelled needle ensure an accurate reading. Keep it in your pocket or in your backpack so you always know which direction you're heading. Tip: It's helpful to have a paper map of the trail you're hiking, too.

To Buy: $7; walmart.com

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Darn Tough Vermont Cushion Socks

Hiking at a high altitude guarantees colder weather—even in the summer. Trek comfortably, knowing your feet will be cozy in the Darn Tough Vermont Wool Socks. As the brand name suggests, the material is "darn tough" and will last hike after hike. If the socks ever wear or get a hole, they're backed by a lifetime guarantee and will be replaced for free. Plus, the cushioned heel and footbed helps reduce the risk of blisters. Available in eight attractive colors and with more than 650 five-star reviews, these socks are a favorite among Amazon reviewers.

To Buy: From $21; amazon.com

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Saguaro Bivy Tent

For less than $60, we can't believe this tent can house not one but two people comfortably. Made out of mesh, the roof is designed to improve ventilation and allows you to breathe in the fresh air. If it starts to get cold out or there's a chance of rain, simply strap down the included heavy-duty polyurethane rain fly. Plus, this compact tent is only 4 pounds—lightweight enough to pack in your backpack if you plan to camp on your hike.

To Buy: $58; wayfair.com

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Merrell Women's Ontario Mid Hike Boot

Take the path less traveled (but in serious comfort) with the Ontario Mid shoes by Merrell. These shoes feature a durable, grippy sole that offers incredible traction in both wet and dry conditions, plus extra cushion for support and a mesh lining for breathability. The flexible insole is removable so you can get the perfect fit. Blue accent laces are the icing on the cake to make these super-functional hiking boots stylish, too.

To Buy: $150; zappos.com

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Petzl Tikkina Headlamp

If you've ever lost track of time while exploring the outdoors, be prepared with the Petzl Tikkina Headlamp. This water-resistant light illuminates your path so you have better visibility—even if it's dark and rainy. Use the adjustable strap to fit it comfortably around your head, select the high- or low-light setting, and forge ahead.

To Buy: $20; dickssportinggoods.com

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Hydro Flask Water bottle

Whether you're planning a short trek or a multi-day hike, you need to stay hydrated. The 32-ounce Hydro Flask from Columbia is made with TempShield material, to keep your water cold for up to 24 hours. Clip this stainless steel water bottle to your backpack by the flex cap or stow it in a pocket so you have easy access to water while moving along the trail.

To Buy: $40; columbia.com

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Stowaway Day Pack

You don't want to carry a lot of extra weight when hiking, and that starts with a super lightweight backpack. The Stowaway Day Pack from L.L. Bean is light, has plenty of pockets for organizing your gear, yet it's durable, thanks to its rip-resistant material. The back panel features sweat-wicking Air Mesh for increased comfort. Bonus: This bag actually packs itself in an internal stow pocket, so it's easy to take along while traveling.

To Buy: $50; llbean.com

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Equate All-Purpose First Aid Kit

Whether it's a burn or a scrape, explore the outdoors prepared with the basic Equate All-Purpose First Aid Kit. This kit comes with bandages and alcohol prep pads for cuts, and burn gel for minor scalds. As a bonus, one of the medications included in this kit is allergy caplets, which will come in handy if you start getting sniffly from all the pollen.

To Buy: $10; walmart.com

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Trekking Poles

Rather than stumbling along a rocky trail, stabilize yourself with a pair of durable hiking poles. These shock-absorbing aluminum trekking poles have anti-slip grips for comfort, and they're height-adjustable. Lightweight and easy to pack, these poles give you a little extra stability—especially on the downhill.

To Buy: $28 (was $40); eddiebauer.com

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PreCip Eco Rain Jacket

Even if the forecast doesn't show rain, you'll be prepared for pop-up showers and windy conditions with the Marmot PreCip Eco Rain Jacket. Unroll the adjustable hood from the coat's collar when you want to stay dry while hiking. This jacket can also be packed into its own pockets for easy transport. With four bright colors to pick from, you're bound to find one that suits your style.

To Buy: $100; macys.com

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