Being prepared is the best way to ensure you have a good hike. This means having the right gear.
These are my 🔟 must-have items to include in your day pack:
1. Hydration Pack💧💧💧 – there's only one water stop on @tankwacamino, so it’s essential to carry enough for a full day hike. I use a hydration pack instead of a water bottle. Depending on the size, you can also fit in some gear & food.
2. Sunscreen – a must! My personal preference is Photoderm Aquafluid SPF 50+ from @biodermasouthafrica for my face as it can go on while you sweaty💦 For the rest of me? Nothing less than SPF 50. I prefer a spray to a cream & will use either Eau Thermale @avene_sa Spray or @eucerin_international Transparent Sun Spray
3. Buff or bandana – such a versatile item! There are so many colour & patterns to choose from and can be used for so many things. Check here:
4. Jacket – light weight, crazy compressible jacket🧥 @macinasac that you can toss in the bottom of your pack🎒
5. 🌞protection - vital on a long hike. A good, wide-brim hat👒, SPF lip balm💋, polarised sunglasses🕶 & protective clothing (e.g. @falke armsleeves) should be considered essentials!
6. Body Glide – long hikes mean lots of walking🚶🏼♀️ and lots of walking means rubbing. This product can help you steer clear of blisters & chaff. I get mine from @durbanrunner👣
7. Nutrition – calorically-dense foods (e.g. snack bars🍫, dried fruit, nuts🥜 & biltong, as well as hard meats & cheeses🧀) will help sustain your energy levels💪
8. Repair kit– bring along a light multi-tool & some duct tape to repair gear in the field👩🏼🔧 9. First-aid kit🆘️– pre-packed kits products are lightweight & relatively reliable for minor aliments🤕 but as you gain more trail experience, you will be able to add & subtract from your first-aid kit, depending on your needs💉👩🏼⚕️💊 10. Hand sanitiser 👐 – dirty hands are the biggest contributor to illness🤢 on the trails because many hikers leave proper hygiene habits behind when on hikes. It is an easy issue to avoid, just use it after bathroom breaks & before preparing food.
The past few weeks I’ve been on a mission trip in the mountains of Asia. I’ve realized we have been blessed to grow up in a country where the name Jesus is so ever present. Where the option to choose him is right in front of us. Currently where we are it’s illegal to evangelize and the punishment is 5 years in prison. We got one day to share Jesus freely with the people in these mountains. When we asked them if they had ever heard of Jesus they said..... no. They actually said no. His name had never been spoken to them ever. They hadn’t even gotten the chance to seek after God. To experience the love and purpose that overflows from our father. The great commission is just as important as it was when the words where first written down. People need to know about him. If only they could experience his deep love for them and learn that life can be fully lived when it’s with him. We get to be apart of telling the nations and our neighbors in the US! Isn’t that amazing God allows us to be apart of that?!? God is so good!