- Food and water
- First aid kit
- Sun Protection
Many of these items you are going to be able to find around the house. So, while you can’t skip on things like hiking boots, or waterproofs, the majority of the other essentials you are going to be able to get together without making purchases. You may well already have a waterproof jacket. Just be careful if you are heading out on more higher-level hikes or in more intense weather, as this is where you need to be meticulous about the quality of your items.
Of course, if you are really short on cash and just want to get out on a hike for one weekend, disposable items are going to allow you to do things for a smaller initial budget. But, if you are planning on bringing hiking into your monthly or weekly routine, then reusable items are going to save you a lot of money in the long term.
# Water Bottle
Purchase a reusable water bottle, or even a thermos, which means you can refill on route (where possible) and avoid constantly spending on disposables – you’ll even be doing the environment a favour too.
# Food Containers
The same goes for containers for food, not only does this mean that you will have containers that will last over and over again, it also means you can prepare your own food. Preparing your own food is going to save you a lot of money over purchasing pre-packaged sandwiches or other items ahead of your hike.
# Survival Blanket
Even when it comes to survival blankets, or bivvy bags, you can spend just three more pounds for one that is reusable. Although, generally this isn’t something you are going to need to use, so again if the budget is tight, a single use blanket may should do here.
# Beg, Borrow or Steal (Don’t Steal)
Hiking is a social pastime, so make a WhatsApp group with your hiking buddies where you can organise gear sharing (where possible), ask more experienced hikers for money saving tips, or guide people to our own extensive guides when none of you are sure!