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What to Wear on a Winter Hike

Massages and green juices are great, but hiking is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

 Hiking is cardio, strength training, therapy, meditation and relaxation all wrapped into one killer workout. And to really sweeten the deal, there’s usually a stunner of a view waiting for you at the end of it.

So, if you’ve been feeling a little sluggish, a little blue or a little rundown, put your boots on. It’s time to take a hike.

 Of course, hiking also comes with it’s own wardrobe (heck, it’s own industry). Here’s what I pack for a hike: 

Headlamp

Wool socks (no cotton!)

Waterproof hiking boots

Sports Bra

Base layer, top and bottom (make sure no cotton is touching your skin—when it gets wet with sweat or rain, it draws heat away from your body and doesn’t dry quickly like wool or synthetics)

Some insulating layers to keep you warm, like a fleece and a down vest or coat

Hat

Polarized sunglasses

Gloves

Sunscreen

Plenty of water and snacks

Backpack

Guidebook/map/compass combination

Trekking poles (especially sweet on steep downhill hikes—your knees will thank you!)

Camera

Optional depending on the weather: Rain shell and rain pants, micro spikes for icy conditions, and piping hot chocolate in an insulated, no-drip, stainless steel travel mug.

Happy hiking,

Dirtbag Darling