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Essential Hiking Gear for Women: Fall 2024 Must-Haves

Updated: Jul 10

Fall hiking is just around the corner, and I'm SO excited! There's nothing better than hiking under yellow and orange canopies, hearing the leaves crunch under your feet, and making some hot chocolate afterwards. With colder weather comes the need for some extra layers of clothes and extra gear. Below are 20 essential pieces of hiking gear for women to bring with you this Fall!

Bring a backpacking stove on any hike to make coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Who ever said portable stoves could only be used for camping trips? Making a hot drink or meal on a Fall hike is so cozy and gives you some time to relax during your hike. This Fire Maple stove has everything you need to cook on the trail for only $50, whereas some stove sets can run up to $300.

To enjoy a hot drink on the trail, you'll also need a camp mug and portable coffee filter if coffee is your preferred drink! This cute mug launched for this Fall, and this backpacking coffee filter is the same one I use on my hikes.

Having the right hiking boots is so important for cold weather hiking. If we get early snow or unexpected snow flurries on the trail, you want to have proper footwear. It's also so important to wear proper hiking socks to prevent blisters and keep your feet warm enough on the trail! These Darn Tough hiking socks have a lifetime guarantee, and I've never had a pair get a hole!

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Hiking in cooler weather means you'll need to bring more layers with you. Starting with a long sleeve Merino Wool base shirt will keep you warm and let you layer sweatshirts and coats on top! Layer a rain jacket, crewneck sweatshirt, or pullover over your base layer to stay warm and dry during your hike!

Since Fall weather can be so unpredictable, it's a good idea to either wear a rain jacket or bring one with you in case you get a cold wind or heavy rain!

Overalls are also a super versatile piece that you can wear walking, hiking, shopping, or relaxing by a bonfire! If you have overalls that you bought for farmer's markets during the summer, you can use them in the Fall and Winter by layering comfy sweaters under them!

Pair all of your heavy Fall layers with some thermal leggings for a cute Fall outfit that you can wear hiking, at the pumpkin patch, or any other fun Fall activities! These leggings have an extra layer for warmth, and a zipped pocket for your phone or wallet!

Don't forget to bring your first aid kit, extra layers, water and snacks in a hiking backpack! Hiking backpacks are different than regular backpacks because they have thicker straps and more back support for long hikes.

Don't forget to bring some form of protection with you while hiking! Beyond personal safety, it's also important to bring tools with you in case you get lost, fall, or get stuck somewhere. I've never had to use it, but bring a personal GPS, knife, and some rope with me for emergencies.

Lastly, fall hiking calls for beanies and gloves! Your body heat escapes from your head and your hands the fastest, so it's important to bring a hat and gloves with you on every cold weather hike.

As long as you bring layers, enough water and snacks for your hike, and personal protection, you will be ready to hike in the Fall and Winter!

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