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As a Beginner, What kinds of Equipment Do You Need to Prepare for Climbing Mountains? What are Their Functions?

A vital job is having all the necessary equipment before the start of outdoor activities. Proper equipment can bring you comfort in the event.

That said, we should think about what equipment to choose and how to choose the right one.

Listed below are some of the necessary outdoor equipment I have summarized based on my personal experience that also includes wearing and equipment supplies.

Check out this list, and you'll be able to choose the relevant equipment according to your needs within minimum time.

Wearing supplies:

Firstly, clothing

1. Windbreaker jackets and pants 

They are essential for outdoor activities, and windproof, waterproof, breathable and wearable.









Hiking Jacket Camping Trip Trekking Coat for Men


$57.96


$37.76



2. Fleece jackets

It is mainly windproof and warm.

3. Sweat vest 

To keep your body dry after outdoor sports.

4. Quick-dry shirts and pants 

Required for summer travel. Detachable trouser legs and sleeves are the best choices.









Men's Quick-drying Comfortable Tracksuit Shorts Vest Fitness Running


$20.66


$20.66



5. Down jackets and pants

For winter travel or going to the plateau to keep warm.

6. Other personal clothing

Disposable underwear, T-shirt, etc.

Secondly, shoes and socks

1. Hiking shoes

They are adaptive, wear-resistant and waterproof. Middle and high shoes are perfect for helping protect the ankle.









TANTU Hiking Shoes


$123.53


$49.94



2. Lightweight outdoor sneakers

Suitable for general suburban or short-distance activities, or you can wear them when driving.

3. Sports sandals or water shoes

Can be worn as slippers, and also worn directly when you are wading.

4. Moisture-wicking socks

Breathable, suitable for perspiration and it can prevent frostbite in winter.

5. Ordinary sports socks

Made of cotton, comfortable to wear.

6. Gaiters

Very useful in snow or muddy roads.









Bluefield Paired Mountaineering Boot Gaiter Shoe Cover


$13.64


$13.64



Thirdly, hats, gloves, glasses, and kerchiefs

1. Sunhat

Round hats, baseball caps or any other style you like, which can block the sun









Solar Power Hat Peak Cap Sunhat with Air Fan for Summer Outdoor Sports Cycling Supplies


$8.61


$8.61



2. Fleece cap 

Mainly to keep warm.

3. Thin gloves 

Mostly for the convenience of activities, such as taking photos, etc.

4. Thick gloves 

Mainly to keep warm.

5. Glasses 

It is better to choose sports glasses. The main function of glasses is to protect you from the sun and UV radiation.









Goggles Cycling Glasses Outdoor Sports Glasses Set


$12.28


$6.58



Equipment supplies:

First, backpack 

1. Large backpack

Needed for short-distance camping or long-distance hiking tracks. Backpacks should be comfortable and capable of carrying a heavy load. Choose a backpack with a capacity between 45L and 80L.

2. Small backpack

A standby for short-distance or long-distance hiking, capable of withstanding the medium-heavy load. Choose a backpack whose capacity is between 15L to 30L.









Drawstring Canvas Bucket Gym Bag Portable Men Backpack


$12.85


$12.85



3. Waist bags or shoulder bags

Mostly used to keep things handy for long-distance travel. It would be better to choose one that can accommodate a water bottle.









Tactical Molle Waist Bag


$6.66


$6.66



4. Camera bag

Consider your needs first. It proves that using cross-body bag facilitates taking out the lens.

Second, camping 

1. Sleeping bag

You should take a small down sleeping bag for long-distance tracks because it is more space-saving. Please take one according to your needs in different seasons.









1 Person Sleeping Bag Soft Thick Mummy Style Splicing Design


$85.02


$85.02



2. Sleeping bag liner

if you do not camp in long-distance hikes, you need to bring an anti-dirty sleeping bag liner made of fleece or cotton.

3. Tents

generally, waterproof and windproof tents are suitable for camping in most cases. It is recommended to have a small portable tent for long-distance hiking.









Quick Open Breathable Tent for Camping


$43.82


$43.82



4. Moisture-proof pad 

Ordinary moisture-proof pads allow you to sit down and lay down at any time, anywhere, and the air cushion makes you more comfortable.









Outdoor Moisture-proof Pad Waterproof Picnic Mat


$6.21


$6.21



5. Aluminum-coated mat

Lightweight and convenient to carry. It can also be used as a picnic mat.

Third, illumination

1. Headlight

Very convenient and also make your hands free.









YWXLight 10W IR Sensor Headlight Zoomable Head Lamp


$9.04


$9.04



2. Flashlight

Alternate lighting.









Convoy S2+ LED Flashlight


$18.17


$9.99












Cree XPE Q5 600Lm Zoomable LED Flashlight 1 x AA / 14500


$3.56


$3.56



3. Camping lights

Used in the camp or the tent, and the effect is perfect.









Beamday T1 350lm LED Camping Light


$31.16


$31.16



4. Windproof cigarette lighters and matches

This can provide lighting in an emergency, very useful and handy.









USB Electric Windproof Arc Rechargeable Cigarette Lighter


$8.09


$8.07



Third, illumination

1. Burner

Allows you to prepare and eat hot foods in the wild.









Mini Gas Burner Portable Folding Windproof Camping Stove


$9.85


$9.85



2. Gas cylinders

used with the burner and you need to pay attention to safety hazards when carrying it

3. Set of pots

A burner is useless without pots. The pots are for cooking dishes, preparing soup and noodles, and frying eggs, etc.









Keith Portable Tableware Foldable Handle 1.2L + 400ml Titanium Pot Bowl


$73.13


$46.64



4. Small steel cups

Environmentally friendly with which you can drink anything and also serve as a toothbrush cup in the morning.









Daily Necessities Vacuum Yeti Cup 304 Mug Stainless Steel Car Cup


$15.24


$15.24



5. Barbecue stove

You can carry one on a self-driving tour.









Portable Barbecue Grill for Outdoor Stainless Steel Cooking Stove Tools


$58.08


$58.08



Five, drinking ware 

1. Outdoor water bottle

Anti-corrosion, in a cool color.









600ml Collapsible Silicone Water Bottle for Sports / Outdoor Use


$9.44


$9.44



2. Water bag

More useful in the wild during cross-country hiking or cycling.









Aotu AT6602 2L Capacity TPU Folding Healthy Water Bag + Pipe for Hiking Camping Cycling


$9.81


$7.52



3. Insulation kettle

Drinking hot water in the wild is a pleasure in the winter

Sixth, communication 

1. Mobile phone

The most useful communication tool. However, the signal is a critical factor, and without signals, it is often useless in the wild.









CUBOT Quest 5.5 inch 4G Sports Phablet Rugged Smartphone


$203.32


$149.99



2. A walkie-talkie

Handy equipment in team activities for contacting your teammates any time, It is also efficient when you are shopping within a specific range.









BAOFENG BF - T3 Wireless Walkie Talkie ( EU Version ) 2PCS


$22.77


$14.99



3. GPS

Global Positioning System is a professional device that helps to locate, find the itinerary and can prevent getting lost from your team.









GF07 Magnetic Mini GPS Real-time Tracking Locator for Car


$17.44


$7.99



4. Survival whistles

Portable, and regarded as one of the fastest ways to contact your team.









Compact Brass Survival Whistle EDC Tool with Key Ring


$5.28


$4.69



Seven, other things

1. Trekking poles

You can save about 20% of physical strength if you use one very well, and such a pole can also serve as a monopod.









HighTrek Ultra-light Portable Trekking Pole


$26.83


$26.83



2. Washbag

Depending on whether one can wash the face and rinse the mouth at the destination.

3. Personal hygiene products

Toothbrush, soap, towel, toothpaste, toilet paper, foot powder, earplugs, sunscreen, lipstick, heating pads, nail clippers, water purification tablets, medicines, etc.

4. Backpack rain cover

Not only waterproof but the ideal for resisting dust in long-distance hiking.

5. Backpack strap

Used for fixing the attachment of backpacks, and if necessary, it can be connected to make a protective rope.

6. Maps

An essential tool whether in long-distance or short-distance hikes.

7. Small Carabiners

Convenient to hang on the backpack for taking small items, towels, hats, garbage bags, etc.

8. Compass

A useful tool for identifying directions in the wilderness or finding directions after getting lost.









NatureHike Outdoor Multi Functional LED Compass


$9.31


$6.62



9. Sabers

I feel that men should carry one with them because it is useful to peel apples and even cutting trees.









Outdoor Portable Multi-function Camping Survival Folding Knife Self-defense Mini Saber Fruit Knife


$7.92


$7.21



10. Outdoor watches

It can measure altitude, temperature, air pressure, with an electronic compass, time display, alarm clock, and other functions.









Skmei 1068 LED Digital Outdoor Sports Watch Alarm Stopwatch


$8.53


$8.53



11. Kerchiefs

You can use it to wipe away the sweat and also turn it into a neckerchief for both warmth and a fashionable look.

12. Waterproof bag

To protect your clothes and supplies from being wet, convenient for tidying in the backpack.









Guapabien Lovely Floral Practical Convenient Waterproof Translucent Bath Wash Bag


$5.37


$5.37



13. Document pouch

To keep money and important documents.

14. Small telescope

Increasing the scope of your vision.









Waterproof Monocular Telescope 40 x 60 Travel Scope


$29.57


$18.92



15. Sewing kit

In case the clothing is damaged, and seaming and repairing are always necessary.

16. Spare battery and charger

Remember that most devices use electricity.

17. Inflatable pillow

The ideal companion for a long-distance journey on the bus, train, plane.









NatureHike Inflatable Pillow


$11.92


$8.18



18. Medicines 

For a cold, an inflammation; tourniquet bandage, band-aid, vitamin tablets, eye drop, etc. according to what you need.

19. Spare foods 

Compressed biscuits, chocolate, beef jerky, raisins, energy bars.

20. ID tag

Write your name, address, emergency contact on it.

The Do's and Don'ts for buying outdoor equipment:

First, purchase according to your needs in outdoor activities.

Purchase when you need them. Do not purchase too early to avoid occupying space and spending unnecessary money, and you are likely to waste if it becomes useless. You need to make sure what activities in which you often participate to consider appropriate equipment required.

Second, base on the importance.

For the activities in which you are frequently involved, you need to make a list of what you need and give priority to the necessary equipment or affects personal safety before purchasing them. Relax and be calm, so you don’t buy unnecessary things.

Third, choose multifunctional equipment.

If the equipment is multifunctional, which can satisfy multiple kinds of activities or meets the different needs of activity, you should give priority to it first.

Fourth, always compare the cost-performance ratio.

When you buy the same or similar equipment, test and experience its performance through a physical store, then, compare the price in the physical store and online store before you buy it.

Five, security is the top priority.

For equipment, that affects personal safety, think highly of its reliability. Don’t choose anything cheap. If possible, you should have extra ones for just in case.

Note: This list is intended for beginner hiking and camping.

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  • # Mountaineering
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