If you’re curious about our favorite travel and hiking gear, here’s the list of things we usually keep with us on the road. All of these products are ones we use and love – of course, we wouln’t recommend them otherwise. Some of these links are affiliate links, so we will earn a small commission on sales made through these links, at no extra cost to you. This helps to reduce the costs of running this site – so thanks in advance!
First of all, you don’t really need to buy that much stuff for hiking, especially as a beginner. We started our hikes in sneakers and shorts first, and we used the same backpacks that we used for any other purposes. Was it that comfortable as the clothes and gears we use today? No. But that didn’t hold us back from hiking. We bought all the stuff we have today slowly throughout the years as we realized what those things are that we really need.
We’ll save you from that struggle and we’re telling you right now that the most important things to have when hiking is a pair of comfortable, waterproof hiking boots and a windproof, waterproof jacket. All the other things (hiking pants, hiking socks, hiking tops, hiking sticks, backpacks designed for hiking and backpacking) come after that, and while they can make you feel much more comfortable, we don’t consider them essentials. Of course, the longer the hike is, the more we feel the difference in comfort.
So here are the things that make our hikes comfortable:
- Hiking boots: Bea uses this pair of Salomon’s women hiking boots – Csaba also uses Salomon’s men’s hiking boots. They are really comfortable, and also protect your ankles.
- Our daypack: We like that it has lots of pockets and nets, and the built-in rain cover often comes handy.
- Our overnight backpack: We like that it has lots of pockets and nets that help organizing stuff. When we use it for day hikes, it’s easy to overpack it, but there’s plenty of space for spare warm clothes on the other hand.
- Hydration bladder: We don’t use plastic bottles on our hikes, instead we have these refillable hydration bladders in different designs and sizes (2, 2.5, 3 litres). They are so comfortable! Do you know the dilemma: having the water bottles in an outside pocket, so that they are easy to access, but they warm up more easily, too, or put them into the backpack, and always stop to search for them when you need to drink. Our solution is the hydration bladder – it’s inside the backpack, but the mouthpiece makes it easy to drink anytime. Another thing we love is that they don’t take up unnecessary space in our backpacks, because they shrink as we drink the water. We like the one with the roll-top slider at the best, because we found it’s the easiest to open and close. Both of us takes a minimum 2 litres hydration bladder for full day hikes.
- Hiking socks: Hiking socks were something we didn’t believe would make a difference before we tried them. Socks are just socks after all, aren’t they? Well, yes, but some socks are more comfortable than others, especially when we do long hikes for multiple days. We like the reinforced toes and insoles.
Photography is our passion. We are far from being professional photographers, but we are eager to grow – and our camera gears have grown with us, too.
- Fujifilm XT-2 Mirrorless Digital Camera with a general purpose 18-55mm lense: We bought this camera this year, and we couldn’t be happier with it! It’s our first professional camera, it’s smart and lightweight, and we hope it can grow with us. As for now, we use it with a general purpose lense, and we are still thinking what other kind of lense would be worth to invest in. But to our surprise, the general purpose lense is really good for most of our photos.
- Nikon Digital Camera Coolpix P520: We used this camera for 2 years, and we’d recommend it (or its newer models) to any hobby photographer who doesn’t want to spend too much on camera gear, but wants a camera that takes good quality pictures. We liked that it offers options for adjustments, but the best thing about it is its optical zoom.
- GoPro HERO3+: our favorite unbreakable little gadget for taking underwater pictures and videos! We have two Wasabi Power Batteries to make sure we have it ready for action all the time.
- 64 GB memory cards: Good quality pictures need lots of storage space! We bought two 64 GB memory cards by default for our new camera, and they tend to fill up quickly – even though we save our pictures, and delete them from the memory card after our trips.
- LensPen: This small, but essential item helps keeping our camera and lenses clean. One end has a brush to remove dirt and dust, the other will safely clean your camera’s lens to get rid of smudges and fingerprints.