Hiking 101: What to wear, what to bring, and how to have fun

hike to the top

This past weekend, I went on a hike with my husband and our two friends. This was our third time hiking through Anthony’s Nose Trail and only now did I learn that it’s considered a “hard” trail to get through. Beginners have no fear, this was my first trail ever and I managed to get through it. Once you get to the top, you’ll feel accomplished and relieved (until you realize you have to make your way down). Think Clay Jensen (13 Reasons Why from Netflix) when he finally makes his way up the rock and learns the beauty of the “F’ word.

If this post inspires you to go on a hike, here are 4 things that helped me:

  1. Layer
    Temperatures will change. You’ll get hot, then cold, then hot again…Make sure you have options. I started with a bralette as my first layer, then a thin long sleeve, followed by a sweatshirt, and finished off with a light denim jacket. My leggings are from Aerie (they no longer carry this particular pattern but their workout leggings are my go-to for their price, comfort, and patterns).first layer

    layer 2


  2. Not into hiking boots? Me either. I wore my New Balance 620 70s Running sneakers. My only tip here is to wear sneakers that fit. Mine were a bit too big so I had to tie my laces extra tight and wear thicker socks…you definitely don’t want to be falling out of your sneakers as you climb.shoes
  3. SPF
    I’ve been using this one from Make P:rem for my face lately and it’s so different from other sunscreens I’ve used in the past. I really like the scent (not the typical sunscreen smell) and how hydrating it is so far. More thoughts to come when I’ve tested it in the Palm Springs sun this weekend.FullSizeRender (6)
  4. Have a picnic (Thanks, Sevil!)
    We brought a sheet we didn’t care for to lay on, snacks, sandwiches and water (probably most important). Usually, we make our way to the top, take a few pictures then make our way down. This time we slowed down to enjoy the fruits of our labor. Warning: the weight of the things you carry will make the climb a bit more challenging but it’s worth it (sounds like a life metaphor), especially if you know you’ll get hungry.

Hope this post was helpful in some way.  Thanks for stopping by!


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