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8 great hiking accessories for the trail this summer

We chose some clever gadgets to make hiking more fun, plus a few products for cyclists

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Whether you’re a newbie hiker who wants to take up the activity or an experienced hiker with thousands of miles of trails behind you, we’ve chosen some awesome hiking accessories that you’ll love.

Water purifier

For those longer hikes where you might run out of water, it’s great to have a water purifier. This ingenious purifier only takes 8 seconds to make any freshwater good to drink. The filter removes pathogens, pesticides, heavy metals and everything else that compromises the drinkability of water.

grayl water purifier
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  • 24 ounces
  • Simple to use

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Lightweight hammock

Have you ever been on a long, tough hike when overwhelming sleepiness hits you? Or maybe you found a peaceful clearing where you just wanted to hang out for a bit? Kick back and relax in a hammock! Even if you don't use it on your hike, this hammock is so lightweight that there's really no harm in taking it with you.

legit camping hammock
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  • Lifetime warranty
  • Supports up to 400 pounds

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Hiking boots (for everyone)

Tennis shoes are okay for hikes, but they wear out quickly and often aren't waterproof. It's a lot more fun to have a dedicated set of hiking boots for when you hit the trail. You'll feel like a true explorer, and you'll be less afraid to cross that shallow stream with some new waterproof duds.

columbia women hiking boot
Women's Boot - Photo (c) Amazon

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columbia men hiking boot
Men's Boot - Photo (c) Amazon

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northside kid hiking boot
Child's Boot - Photo (c) Amazon

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Comfortable backpack

Everyone on a hike should wear a comfortable backpack. Fill it with snacks for the long trek, or a blanket and a book to read when you find a pleasant meadow to sit and relax.

teton sport backpack
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  • 55-liter capacity
  • Lumbar pad and molded channels for comfort

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First aid kit

Taking a first aid kit on a hike is a great idea. Besides being critical in emergencies, a first aid kit can help with little things like minor cuts and bruises. This kit also attaches to a vehicle headrest for easy access and storage when not outdoors.

lightning x first aid kit
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  • Pre-stocked
  • Lifetime warranty

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Walking sticks

Walking sticks are an accessory that makes things a lot more fun as you trek up and down your favorite trails. The ones below are super light and have comfortable handles, making long hikes that much easier. If you’re feeling less mobile but don’t want to limit your movement, walking sticks may help.

the fit life walking sticks
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  • Extendable, one size fits all
  • Anti-slip cork grip

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Bike hitch rack

Tired of walking the same old trails? Why not try biking a few new ones? This bike rack is easy to install and carries two bicycles, so you and a friend can go, too. Because the rack tilts away from the car, you can still access the trunk even while the bikes are loaded.

bell rightup bike rack
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  • Carries two bikes
  • Folds up when not in use

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GPS bike computer

This GPS bike computer is an incredible piece of technology if you’re looking to hit the trails on a bike. It downloads bike trails, measures your heart rate and helps cyclists reach their goals. It’s also aerodynamic and can sync with your phone so that you can receive calls and texts.

wahoo bike gps
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  • 15-hour battery life
  • Waterproof

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