Fitting in perfectly with the trend to “better ourselves,” to get more sleep, eat healthy, and prioritize self-care, comes the quest to spend a little more time outdoors. It’s pretty impressive what some fresh air and sunshine can do to our minds, stress levels, and moods. It is also a great way to connect with the environment, which will hopefully inspire us to be kinder to our planet.
In an effort to motivate people to just get out, The American Hiking Society has declared June 1 (ahem: right now, thank you very much) “National Trail Day.” The hope is to have people support public lands by pledging to get to their nearest trail and volunteer to leave it cleaner than they found it (we can all raise a sunscreen bottle to that). Because as more-and-more of us are swapping mimosa-fueled brunches for sweat sessions with our friends, it’s a no-brainer that the camaraderie (and relief from competing over the sound level of the table to the left) found on the trail is nearly unrivaled.
Not sure what to wear or bring along with you? Check out the list below for some new and exciting essentials for a day of hiking. And then grab a buddy or your whole crew and make plans to hit the happy trails. Check out the American Hiking Organization’s site for a place near you.
Altra Superior 4 ($110)
Keep your feet comfortable in these all terrain shoes. The wide toe bed will keep your feet stable while the grips on the sole ensure you always stay upright.
The hiking version of the trendy bicycle short offers 360 stretch that conforms to your body. It also has stash pockets allowing you to keep all you need handy.
Made to be moved in, the fabric combined with the high-rise makes sure that it’s not only supportive, but that it won’t slip down during your day. It also has UPF 50 protection and is moisture wicking.
If a light breeze or an unfortunate drizzle comes your way, you’ll be ready with this light as air and totally retro-feeling windbreaker.
A supportive and comfortable base layer that you can show off if you really start building up a sweat.
Quite possibly the best tank to wear out in the wilderness, not only because of the message but because is organic cotton.
Dakine Rad Hip Pack ($22)
For a hike that will only last a few hours, no need for a big backpack. This rad belt hip pack can hold cellphone, keys, a power bar, lip balm, a compass, and even some band-aids…just in case!
Luna Lemonzest Bar ($2)
Sweet and lemony and will give you the energy you need to keep moving.
Hydration on any length of a walk is key. This bottle celebrates our National Parks and even if you aren’t in fact at one of them, it will hopefully inspire you to visit one in the near future.
No, you won’t look dorky, this is actually a trendy style that will provide more protection from the sun than a trucker hat, which is important to keep in mind when you’re outside on a trail (or even in the city!) this summer.
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