15 Hiking Hacks That I Wished I had Known

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In this list, I will cover 17 hiking hacks that I wished I had known to benefit you greatly.

These helpful hike hacks can help you become a great hiker in no time, whether you’re doing a small route or climbing Kilimanjaro.

Let’s dive right in.

1. Wrap Duct Tape Around your Water Bottle

This is a simple way to save space in your hiking bag.

Duct tape may be immensely useful on a hike, from patching up leaking tents to repairing damaged boots. Wrap some around your water bottle instead of packing a large roll that will take up crucial space in your rucksack.

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2. Prevent Blisters with Duct Tape

If you know a hiking trip will be very long, then it’s best to be safe. I would recommend applying duct tape to your ankle area.

But, if you are looking more for convenience, then apply duct tape to the area as soon as blisters appear to provide extra protection and support.

3. Use Two Pairs of Socks

When you wear two pairs of socks, your chances of having blisters are greatly reduced. A wool blend on top of a thin polypropylene underlayer should be more than comfortable.

If you notice a blister forming, cover it with a piece of moleskin as soon as possible to absorb the rubbing.

4. Keep Track of How Much Sun you Have Left

Keep Track of How Much Sun you Have Left

This simple tip is helpful if you’re out hiking and need to know how much sunlight you have left before it becomes dark. Each finger width from the horizon towards the bottom of the sun equals 15 minutes of daylight.

5. Know Your Directions

The sun rises in the east and set in the west. Additionally, we highly recommend you bring a compass and know how to use it. Here is how to read a compass.

6. Cave Light

Create an emergency lantern by shining a torch or your phone’s light through a bottle of water, which diffuses the light far more than a direct beam.

7. Combat Stinky Boots

When you get home from your hike, stuff dry tea bag inside your stinky hiking boots. 
It will assist in keeping odors at bay.

8. Waterproof Everything

To keep matches, your phone, audio gadgets, and much more dry put them in little waterproof bags.

9. Prevent Wires from Tangling

When traveling, use hair clips to keep the wires of your phone chargers and other electrical gadgets organized and from becoming tangled.

10. Make Socks Dry

Fill two water bottles with hot water from the kettle and seal them shut to dry wet socks when it’s raining. Simply roll your damp socks over the top of the hot bottles and leave them to dry until morning.

11. Save Battery

When you’re not using your torch, turn one of the batteries around the incorrect way. Even if the switch is accidentally pressed into the “on” position in your backpack, the torch will not turn on and drain your batteries.

12. Use Pill Bottles

Keep many matches safe and dry by storing them in small, empty pill container. 
Also, cut the eye-catching paper from matchbox and glue it on the interior of the lid. 
Add fire starter to the pill bottle if space allows.

13. Use Baby Wipes

With a pack of travel baby wipes, you can keep yourself clean. With a brief wipe-down at night, you might be amazed at how much fresher you feel. Of course, if you’re traveling light, you won’t want to carry wipes because you’ll have to pack them out as well.

14. Easy Fire

Easy Cotton Ball Fire Hiking Hack

Bring a DIY fire starter if fires are allowed, and you’ll have flames dancing in no time. The cost of store-bought fire starters is high, but manufacturing your own is simple.

Simply soak cotton balls or cotton pads in Vaseline until they’re completely soaked, then store in a Ziploc bag. When one of them is lit, it lasts a remarkable amount of time.

15. Ask Others

On the route, be friendly and stop to chat with fellow hikers heading in the opposite way. They may offer useful trail information, safety tips, or recommendations for a picturesque viewpoint or interesting site just off the beaten path. 

Assist fellow hikers by sharing your knowledge and suggestions.

Final Words

That’s all there is to it! We hope you find this list useful in your hiking experience and don’t forget to pass it on to other hikers! Physical preparedness is key, and hiking is an amazing way to help with that and at the same time help with your wilderness bushcraft skill.

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