With the pandemic still in full swing, there’s been a surge of people looking to be more active, get outside or simply just stretch their legs a bit after months on end of being at home. Hiking lets you do all three while taking in the picturesque views of nature at one of the thousands of trails across the country, such as New York’s Bear Mountain State Park or Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park.
But if you’ve never been hiking before, or simply haven’t been for a long time, it can be a daunting task to figure out what you need to hit the trails. Between the heat, rocky terrain and miles of walking, it’s not as simple as lacing up your favorite pair of sneakers and just going. Whether you’re a hiking pro or just hitting your first trail, we’ve compiled the essential gear you’ll need to get outdoors this season.