There are a number of great day-hiking trips that can be taken in the Texas Hill Country, giving options for outdoor activity and plenty of scenic views. And although we pride ourselves on “always being prepared” to coin a certain phrase, sometimes we mistake an easy hike for one that’s a stroll in the park, thereby not necessitating some of the items we would pack for longer treks. So here is a simple list that you can print off or keep handy when considering one of these excursions, keeping you equipped for an enjoyable day on the trails.
Gear Guide: Packing for a Day-Hike in the Texas Hill Country
First Aid Kit
You never know when a standard hike could turn into something that requires a band aid. Having sterilized wipes, antibiotic ointment, and bandages handy (to name only a few items), might make the difference between finishing your hike or having to return to your parking place early.
Despite the fact that some hikes are touted as “easy,” that doesn’t negate the fact that proper footwear is in order. Well-made, appropriate footwear can stop blisters, protect from the elements as well as critters, and keep you happily hiking on. A second pair with additional socks wouldn’t be a bad thing to take with you either – considering you may get wet feet along the way (depending on where your journey takes you.)
A Water Bottle (or Bottles) or a Hydration Pack
Photo: Flickr/Michael Pollak
Depending on the weather, and your location, you may be in for a long, hot day. Having too much good drinking water is always better than having none. The options for water containers while hiking are quite endless actually, and your choice or preference will depend on the size of pack you wish to carry and the weight of the water you want to hold for the day.
Sunscreen or Block & Bug Spray