The hiking gadgets you can’t do without

THINGS TO MAKE EVERY WALK EASIER

Though they may be small, they can be so helpful, and even life saving – gadgets. When you are out in the open you cannot always plan everything perfectly. Often one is powerless against wind and weather or physical conditions. Because you never know when you’ll cut your finger, get a blister on your toe or face a sudden downpour. When hiking you have to be prepared for all eventualities, and small pieces of equipment can help. They are not only easy to carry but also extremely practical.

Which gadgets should you have on your hike and why, the Eurohike team will tell you now!

The little helper: the pocket knife

An undisputed classic among outdoor gadgets is the knife. It is universal and a friend when you are in need. Whether you’re carving a stick for a sausage around a campfire or opening an unruly can – the penknife is an all-rounder.

The pocked knives that our grandfathers once had in their pockets have been updated! Since then a lot has happened. They weigh less and are equipped with more tools. From a can opener to a toothpick to scissors or a bottle opener. The knife is equipped with many important functions.

With a view through the night: the headlamp

It is worn on the head, it is light and cheap in price. In addition, hikers have both hands free and know exactly where the trip hazards are on the path. The headlamp is straightforward and helpful in certain situations. Because even with the most careful of planning or when travelling in a group, a delay can never be ruled out. The day can quickly turn to nigh, and a headlamp is needed.

The lamp gives you enough light to continue on the trail at dusk or even darkness. Especially in autumn, when the days begin to get shorter, the headlamp belongs in every backpack. The lamp also proves to be useful when hiking in creeks or when staying overnight in a hut. So both hands are free to support or read!

 

Against painful feet: wide tape

When walking long distances, the feet are stressed. Since hiking boots can cause blisters on the feet, or leave aching pressure points a first aid kit is essential. In addition, the Eurohike team recommends carrying a wide tape. The tape not only protects against unpleasant blisters, but also relieves any pressure points.

Tip: It is important to attach the tape wrinkle-free to the foot. Otherwise, it creates an unnecessary friction point that can cause pain.

The advantage over a normal plaster? The enormous elasticity. So the foot still has enough freedom of movement, which is worth gold during a hike.

By the way: When buying a hiking backpack, make sure that it has an integrated rain cover. So nothing can happen to the contents inside and everything stays nice and dry!

The little helper: the tweezers

You are enjoying the wonderful scenery and do not pay attention to your feet. That’s when it happens. You fall over and skin your palms and knees. Small stones and debris are stuck in the wound. What do you do? With good tweezers, foreign objects can be easily removed from open wounds. Just like ticks. Because on your way through the woods, along streams and paths, they hide, those pesky insects. You can quickly end up with a tick biting into your body. Attention: When pulling out the little beasts you should be careful to place the tweezers as close as possible to the head of the rick. Now you just need to pry out the culprit carefully, without squeezing it or leaving a residue on the skin.

And if you don’t quite remember the route, there are also handy apps like the compass app with GPS tracking for perfect organisation.

If you always have these important gadgets in your hiking backpack, you are well equipped for all eventualities on the route.

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