Here’s What You Need for a Great Spring Hike

Here’s What You Need for a Great Spring Hike

Springtime is the perfect season to reconnect with nature, breathe in the fresh air, and embark on an invigorating hike (or three). It doesn’t matter if you're a seasoned hiker or just starting out on the trails: the right gear can make all the difference. So, before you set off to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of spring, it’s probably best to make sure you have all the essentials.

Here's everything you'll need for a fantastic outing.


With spring hikes, layers are your best friend. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer to keep sweat away from your skin. Add a lightweight, breathable shirt for comfort and insulation (our Anytime Soft Merino and Allgood Organic Cotton Long Sleeve Tees are perfect for layering), and bring along a waterproof jacket in case of some unexpected rain showers or wind gusts. If the weather is still on the chilly side where you are, a lightweight hoodie or sweatshirt under your jacket is probably a good idea, too. And, of course, don't overlook the importance of wearing comfortable socks to prevent blisters. We’ve got some great eco-friendly socks made from natural materials.

Moisture-wicking clothing, a well-fitted backpack, sunscreen, a cotton cap, and sunglasses are all fundamental.


Packing the right gear can enhance your hiking experience and keep you safe on the trails. Here are some essential items to take with you:

  • Water and snacks: Stay hydrated and energized with plenty of water and snacks like nuts, granola bars, or dried fruits.

  • Map and compass/GPS: Familiarize yourself with the trail and have navigation tools on hand to avoid getting lost. GPS devices typically work in areas without phone coverage, so keep that in mind as well.

  • Smartphone: Use your smartphone for navigation (when possible), taking photos, and accessing any hiking apps you find useful.

  • First-aid kit: Be prepared for any minor injuries with a basic first-aid kit containing stuff like bandages, antiseptic wipes, and maybe some pain relievers.

  • Multi-tool or knife: A versatile tool and/or blade can come in handy for plenty of tasks on the trail.

  • Flashlight or headlamp: Even if you don’t plan on being out past dark, bringing along a way to illuminate your path in low-light conditions will ensure you're prepared for unexpected situations.

  • Sunscreen and sunglasses: Always protect your skin and eyes from harmful UV rays, especially at higher altitudes. A hat is always a good idea, too.

  • Trash Bags: You know the rules: Leave No Trace. Bring a trash bag with you to store wrappers, bottles, and any other trash that accumulates during your hike so you can properly dispose of it when you’re back.

  • Backpack: You need something to put this all in, right? Choose a well-fitted backpack with soft, padded straps and multiple compartments to distribute weight evenly.

In addition to standard gear, remember to pack any personal items for specific needs:

  • Medications: If you take any prescription medications, be sure to bring an extra supply in case of emergency.

  • Personal hygiene products: Pack items like hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and biodegradable soap for bathroom breaks along the trail.

  • Emergency contact information: Inform a friend or family member about your hiking plans and expected return time for safety purposes.


Yep; you probably knew this was coming, and it goes without saying: The right hiking shoes should provide the right level of comfort, stability, ruggedness, and protection—ideally made from sustainable materials so you can help preserve the very nature you’re enjoying.

The Trail Runners SWTs are always prepared to help you navigate whatever comes your way. Engineered with grippy treads and multi-directional 4mm lugs, these shoes offer unwavering stability, ensuring a confident stride regardless of the terrain. And don’t worry about soggy feet, either—a water-resistant finish shields your feet from wet conditions and unexpected splashes, keeping your feet dry even when traversing puddles or dashing through a shallow stream.

More importantly, our shoes are doing their part to preserve the natural world you love, thanks to being crafted using a combination of sustainable materials like sugarcane, ZQ Merino wool, and eucalyptus tree fiber.

Pick out your favorite Trail Runner SWT color here: Men’s Trail Runners & Women’s Trail Runners

Happy trails!

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