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Hiking Gear: The 20 Essentials Everyone Should Carry

The Healthy Logo By Charlotte Hilton Andersen of The Healthy | Slide 1 of 24: Hiking wasn't even a hobby, much less a passion, for Jennifer Pharr Davis when she decided to hike the Appalachian Trail. Just 21 years old and fresh out of college, all she knew was that she needed something to help her transition from student to adult life, and tramping 2,190 miles through the wilderness seemed like a good plan. "I had never really hiked before or spent a night alone in the wilderness," she says. "It didn't really hit me what I'd gotten myself into until that first night on the trail and I couldn't figure out how to set up my tent. I realized I probably should have practiced that at home before I left."

What you need to know before hiking

Hiking wasn't even a hobby, much less a passion, for Jennifer Pharr Davis when she decided to hike the Appalachian Trail. Just 21 years old and fresh out of college, all she knew was that she needed something to help her transition from student to adult life, and tramping 2,190 miles through the wilderness seemed like a good plan.

"I had never really hiked before or spent a night alone in the wilderness," she says. "It didn't really hit me what I'd gotten myself into until that first night on the trail and I couldn't figure out how to set up my tent. I realized I probably should have practiced that at home before I left."

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