Things to Pack for a Hiking Trip in the Desert

Plus, tips on gear and safety and three great hiking trips to take.
 

Desert hiking, Photo by Forest Woodward/iStock

Photo by Forest Woodward/iStock


1. Coast HL7 Headlamp, $49.99, available at Canadian Tire

Coast HL7 Headlamp, available at Canadian Tire

Photo courtesy of Canadian Tire

 

2. Smartwool Hiking Women’s Crew Socks, $23.99, available at Sport Chek

Smartwool Hiking Women’s Crew Socks, available at Sport Chek.

Photo courtesy of Sport Chek

 

3. MSR Miniworks EX Water Filter, $110, available at MEC

MSR Miniworks EX Water Filter, available at MEC.

Photo courtesy of MEC

 

4. Saje First Aid Kit, $36.95

Saje First Aid Kit

Photo courtesy of Saje

 

5. KIND Bars, $1.99, available across Canada

KIND Bars

Photo courtesy of KIND


Tips for choosing the right footwear

asque Breeze III GTX Boots AVAILABLE AT MEC

“If you’re hiking in the desert, look for footwear that is lightweight and breathable. For a day hike, you can go with a light trail shoe and for a multi-day hike, you’ll need a more substantial boot to support the weight of your backpack.” —Steven Paul, MEC Footwear Product Manager

Try: Vasque Breeze III GTX Boots (available in men and women’s), $209, available at MEC


Tips to keep you safe

Cell service may be spotty on your hike, so make sure to bring a map or download one you can use offline. Wear long, loose-fitting clothing and a hat, and apply sunscreen.
Carry about four litres of water per day and light snacks; trail mix, nut butters and energy bars. Check ahead of time if permits are needed, and always tell someone where you are going and how long you will be gone.


Three Desert Hiking Trips to Take

Zion National Park in Utah

Death Valley National Park in California and Nevada

Joshua Tree National Park in Greater Palm Springs, California

 

[This story appears in the October 2018 issue of WestJet Magazine]