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16 Hiking Necessities for Fall 2023

Updated: Sep 13, 2023

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. Check out my favorite hiking layers and accessories from REI!

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Charles C. Deam Wilderness Area, Oct 2021

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  • 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 Soto Cookset Combo 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. I'm personally over heavy, clunky, hiking boots that weigh 2 pounds each. I've started using hiking shoes instead and have found them to be just as supportive and more comfortable! 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!

  • REI has a bunch of new heavy layers for Fall arriving, and I personally love crewneck sweatshirts. They're easy to layer under a coat or oversized jacket, and this crewneck from the Landmark Project has such a cute retro design! Make sure to pick up some heavy layers for your Fall hikes! Heavier layers like this Patagonia Retro Fleece Pullover are perfect for cold weather activities like hiking, apple picking, carving pumpkins, and bonfires!

  • 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! These REI Co-op Trailsmith Overalls are perfect for Fall outfits!

  • 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 Patagonia leggings have an extra layer for warmth, and a zipped pocket for your phone or wallet!

  • REI just came out with new patters for their Flash 22 hiking backpack! I use the Flash 22 for mid-length hikes to carry emergency suppliers, snacks, water, and extra layers. If you are a new mom, REI also has baby-carrying backpacks that will allow you and your family to better enjoy the Fall colors this year!

  • Lastly, REI has some very cute picks for winter hats and gloves. During the Fall, I always keep a beanie and gloves in my pack just in case the breeze is colder than I expected it to be, or in case it starts to rain or snow flurry. One of my favorite collections at REI is the Urban Native Era line, and they have a cute beanie in a perfect Fall color! REI also makes their own beanie in Fall colors!

Don't forget to bring gloves on your cold weather hike or Fall activity! I like to use base layer gloves or running gloves, which aren't as bulky as snow gloves.

If you have any questions about what gear you need to Fall hiking, let me know in the comments!

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