Whether you're planning an afternoon hike or about to go on a similar vacation, I hope you'll find these reviews helpful. Let's get into the products!
This bookbag was actually the very last thing that I bought for the trip, but I ended up getting the most use out it! I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a brand new bag that would get wet and dirty, and that I might not use a lot after the trip, so I was excited to find this one for under $40 at LL Bean. I ended up using this bag every day during our trip, and I'm absolutely in love with it!
The bag is incredibly lightweight (only weighs 14 ounces) but holds a ton! There are two zippered pockets on the outside, along with a big open pouch, and one zippered pocket on the inside. The bag actually is able to fold up into the inner pocket which makes it a great choice for travel!
The pack is really comfortable to wear thanks to cushions on the back and arms, and it snaps in the front as well. When I hiked with this, I didn't even notice I was wearing it! I also made great use out of the two bottle holders, which can be cinched to make sure the bottles don't fall out. Overall, I'm really glad that I ended up getting this bag and will be using it a ton in the future.
I knew that I needed to get a pair of water shoes for a few of the trips we were going on, and I chose the Salomons after doing some research. I like the fact that these have mesh panels on the side to protect your feet rather than being completey open, and the hard sole on the bottom gives amazing traction. I walked in a river with these on, and didn't slip on any wet rocks at all!
These are also completey adjustable in the heel as well as the foot. There's a bungie shoe lace which can be folded into a pocket in the tongue to stay out of the way. They also dried surprisingly quickly- I set them out at night completely soaking wet and woke up to a dry pair of shoes!
The shoes were a bit of an investment (they cost more than any other shoe that I've ever owned, besides my running shoes!) but I think they're worth it! I used them in the water, hiking in the woods, and to slip on for errands.
Since we were going to be in a hot and humid climate that was full of bugs, I wanted some long sleeves and pants that would be comfortable, protect me, and keep my cool. Luckily, I found a line that checked off all of those boxes, and I think they look pretty cute!
The Sun Goddess tops are my new favorite shirts. They're really thin and lightweight so I never overheated in them (even during 90 degree day-long hikes!), but also help to protect from sunrays and bugs. There are also panels in the back that keep air flowing, and the sleeves are easily adjustable. I got this shirt in a few colors, and wore them constantly during our trip!
The Sahara pants are equally amazing. They're made of a lightweight, stretchy material, so they're as comfortable as yoga pants but look more dressed up. They have plenty of pockets, both zippered and not, so I could store my room key and some money! These also roll up in case I ever got too hot.
Now that I have all of these amazing products, I'm excited to get more into hiking! One of my goals this summer is to be more active outdoors, and now I have the gear to make it happen!
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