Beginner’s guide to staying hydrated while hiking

Staying hydrated is one of the most important ways to make sure you enjoy yourself outdoors, no matter what season it is. Hiking is 100 times more enjoyable when you have water…and you actually remember to drink it. I can’t even count how many times just drinking some water has taken care of feeling like…

What to bring hiking when you’re just starting out

As a beginner, you’ll probably always have cell service and not be far from civilization, so you don’t have to be prepared for the apocalypse on your first hike. BUT (there’s always a but) bringing a few basic supplies will make sure you have a good time and can deal with minor mishaps. Here’s what I put…

Why beginner hikers should consider hiking/trekking poles

REI already has a great blog post about how to use and buy trekking poles, but the true beginners out there may be wondering: 1) What even are trekking poles? 2) Why on earth you would want them when they look so dorky? Let’s start with the first one. Hiking poles, walking sticks, hiking staff,…

Beginner’s guide to what to eat when you go hiking

Snacking is one of my favorite pastimes, so I was super excited to write this post (and equally surprised it took me this long to get to it). Outdoors activities open up a glorious new world of snacking. What other reason could possibly justify the purchase of Sports Beans? Yes, those are a thing. And…

What to wear the first time you go hiking

Editor’s Note: Most of you get here by Googling some form of “Can I wear sweatpants to go hiking?” The answer is absolutely yes.  Despite what Pinterest will tell you, if you want to try out hiking, you don’t need much. If you’re on a well-maintained trail and go on a day with mild temperatures,…

Dolla Dolla Bills, Y’all: How to save money on outdoor gear

Outdoor gear is effing expensive. There’s almost no getting around it. Well, almost. Fear not, my fellow sticker-shocked outdoors beginners – there are ways to save some cash while gearing up. Plus, I didn’t want you starting to think I had some sort of foot fixation after making my first two blogs exclusively about things that…

The best socks to wear hiking and running

For a long time, I lived life completely unaware of the glorious world of sock options. I thought that white cotton ankle socks were as good as it got. But during my first-ever trip to REI, I was informed in no uncertain terms that cotton socks were not going to cut it. Cotton doesn’t wick…

Gear Guide: How to pick out your first pair of hiking boots

“I’m just starting out, I don’t need hiking boots,” I whined to my boyfriend. I hiked the Billy Goat Trail in Maryland in just sneakers and survived, despite the trail being less of a trail and more just rocks and boulders. So why did I need to buy hiking boots? Hiking boots can be expensive,…