5 Must-Haves for a Day Hike

Photo by: Courtesy of Patagonia

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A good day of hiking starts when you get dressed in the morning, and Patagonia's active mesh sports bra and active hipster underwear provide the perfect first layer. They're soft, stretchy, and made with moisture-wicking recycled polyester, so they'll stay in place -- and stay dry -- all day long. ($35 and $20, patagonia.com )

Alexandra Samuel, SELF magazine

Have you ever walked part of the Appalachian Trail? The "AT," which extends more than 2,100 miles from Georgia all the way up to Maine, turned 75 this month. (It was officially dedicated on August 14, 1937.)

If you live -- or happen to be vacationing -- in one of the 14 states the AT passes through, summer is a great time to experience part of the trail yourself. You'll almost certainly break a sweat, that's for sure (and can burn almost 500 calories an hour!), but the forest's natural shade and the route's sometimes high elevation may even provide a break from August's intense sun and heat.

To commemorate the Trail's big milestone, go for a hike this weekend. (Not on the East Coast? Find another route near you at
trails.com.) Take along plenty of water, a few snacks, and our following favorite hiking products. Have fun!

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