There are endless ways to travel — by train or by plane, tuk-tuk or taxi. By bus or by rideshare. But the original mode of transportation required no gas, passport, or boarding pass: walking.

Though making your way from point A to point B on foot takes much longer, many adventurers choose to see the beauty of the planet by hiking. There’s the Inca Trail in Peru and the Camino De Santiago spanning three European countries, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and the ambitious Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails in the U.S. — every mountain offers a new view, a different challenge, and, hopefully, a renewed respect for Mother Nature.

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But distance hiking is no cake walk. That’s why dedicated, lifelong trekkers have become experts at packing the right items. Comfortable hiking shoes, hydration packs, eye drops, power banks, and more game-changing gear can all make the journey far more enjoyable.

Take a page from the trail books of these frequent hikers and bring along these outdoor essentials for the next time the mountains call your name.


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