Since the weather is great this time of the year - hot enough to stay out late, but not so hot as to make you want to lie under the AC instead of heading out - people flock out to enjoy nature and to explore the country. Hiking is one of the favorite sport of Hungarians. In the weekends, you can see families with small children roaming the hills next to dedicated Nordic Walkers wearing special equipment. It's tempting to head to the nearest store and get a full hiking gear, but before you blow a ridiculous amount of cash on stuff you probably end up carrying around, check out our list of essentials.
The following checklist was put together for a one day late spring/early summer hike for someone with no medical conditions. If you have any medical issues, consult your GP and adjust the list accordingly.
1. Weather-appropriate clothes
Quick-dry technical shirt
Quick-dry hiking pants, army pants, shorts, or running shorts
Long sleeved shirt: this provides the best protection from the sun without overheating you
Hiking boots/shoes, trail running shoes
Seamless running/hiking socks
2. Getting around
Maps of the area
Headlight or flashlight
GPS or SATNAV: your phone comes in handy
Powerbank for your phone
3. First Aid kit
You might ask why the kit is so important if you are only heading out for a couple of hours. The truth is, it's always better to be prepared, and small accidents can be really annoying. What is more, although this list looks long, it actually barely takes up any space at all.
Sterile gauze pads
Knife or Swiss Army Knife
Matches and lighter in a waterproof bag
Kindling of your choice in a waterproof bag
Duct tape (you never know)
5. Food and fluids
This is entirely up to you, but chocolate, trail mix, protein bars, and nutbars are always good to have on you.
Purifier tablets if there is no drinking water in the area
Isotonic tablets if it's going to get rough/really hot
Unless you think it a distinct possibility that you'll spend the night under the stars, you don't need to carry a tent or a tarp