Before going out to hike, you will need to prepare adequately for the experience. There are plenty of resources on the subject. The newbie will need to be smart about their choices. Despite the nature of your hike, there are basics that must be present. You cannot do without hiking clothes, food and water, sleeping gear and a means to carry all these. These form the basic requirements for a hike.
Hiking clothes can be easily assembled from your drawer. It is the combinations that will differ from how you wear them on a daily basis. Keep in mind the fact that you will start the hike when it is cold, and it will get hotter as the day goes. You will also need to protect your skin from the harsh weather and sun. Pick clothes that can cover such skin. If your hike takes you through rough terrain, you will need to have hiking boots.
It is important to carry your water when out hiking. A lighter option would be to invest in a portable water purifier. There is also a need to consider what type of food to bring along. There are different energy bars you can carry along on a hike, or food if the hike is longer. Hikers normally carry dehydrated food, as it is easier to ferry. It is important to ensure those foods have all the nutrients required by the body.
A backpack forms the best way to vary all these things when you are on the hike. If you will not be long; you can use a smaller backpack. Those going on longer hikes need to invest in larger bags with support frames. The frames aids in the distribution of the weight of the luggage, and to prevent fatigue and strain as you walk along. There are many options available for your ferrying needs, depending on your strength, how long you will be hiking, and what you will be carrying.
Part of your gear will have to be a sleeping tent, in case the hike will take longer than a day. The weather may not be so friendly for outside sleeping, and can change at any time. Attempting to sleep on the ground directly has been proven to be a painful affair. You cannot rest under such circumstances. You also need to be ready to proceed with the hike the following day. The best tent is one that is light in weight and can be easily folded away. There are some that allow for stargazing at night.
An alternative to the compass and maps of old is the smartwatch. They give you all the necessary information, without the bulk of maps. Different groups will have different hiking gear needs when compared. There has to be a reconciliation between what the gear will add to the hike, and how much weight you can comfortably carry along.