I Took a Break From City Life With a Hiking Trip: Here's What I Packed

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L.A. has a lot to offer in terms of outdoor experiences. There are beautiful beaches and iconic hiking trails in Runyon Canyon Park or up to Griffith Observatory, but nowhere can you escape the sprawling city. So when Columbia Sportswear invited me to take a break from city life with a weekend adventure in Ojai, I was on board to get back into the great outdoors.

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, regularly camping, kayaking, and even dabbling in some rock climbing and white-water rafting. But it's been over a decade since I've called myself a true Seattleite, and I've long since stowed away any wilderness gear in various boxes in my parent's house. When it came time to decide how to pack for a hiking trip—that included other activities like bike riding and outdoor yoga—I was grateful Columbia provided me with gear to test out in the environments it's designed for.

So whether you're up for blazing the trails or blazing s'mores by the campfire, these staples will ensure you're comfortable and ready for the elements when you create your own outdoor adventure. Keep scrolling to see the key pieces that will get you through any hiking trip.

Outerwear

A lightweight wicking layer will keep you comfortable in most climates. Throw on for some added warmth or cooling protection from the sun.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

When the weather's iffy, an ultralight layer is great to have on hand (and is easily packed away into its own security to save space). This jacket's repellency technology will protect you from sudden showers, while its sweat-activated super-cooling interior fabric will ensure you don't overheat.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

For more intense conditions, this waterproof jacket is surprisingly breathable—and also reversible when you prefer a softer textured fabrication to switch out with its sleek shell.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

Tops

A white T-shirt is a classic to have on hand no matter where you are. For camping and hiking especially, a trail-running tee featuring sweat-wicking stretch construction is guaranteed to keep you cool as you push yourself on the trails. I opted for a T-shirt on our bike ride through the orange groves of Ojai to save my shoulders from getting sunburned.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

For hotter days or more sweat-inducing activities, a sleeveless tank—also featuring moisture-wicking fabric with comfort stretch—is a smart option. This exact top served me well from Sun Salutation to Shavasana when we practiced yoga in the mountains.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

A long-sleeve T-shirt is always wise when you're looking for a bit more protection from the wind or sun or when temperatures begin to drop in the evening.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

Bottoms

Columbia promises these leggings will become the new cornerstone of your cozy, casual wardrobe, and with its flattering design and black and charcoal colorways, it's easy to see why. Whether you're logging miles or lounging fireside, the comfy fit keeps you feeling your best.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

A lightweight short is a must for hot weekends, trail running, and activities when you're bound to get your feet wet.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

Save your legs from nicks and scrapes while hiking with these easy pull-on pants that offer UPF 50 sun protection.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

Shoes

Of course a tough (and stylish) hiking boot is a must on any wilderness adventure. To get the most use out of your pair, choose a durable style that can stand up to varied terrain and has a cushioned insole to support you wherever the trails take you.

Available in sizes 5 to 12.

A durable sandal is another smart choice for a weekend in the wilderness, especially if your activities involve water or even if you just want a break from your boots while back at camp.

Available in sizes 5 to 12.

Accessories

A lightweight trail bag just big enough to store your layers, water, and other hiking essentials is a must.

For activities where you don't want to carry too much, like bike riding, a nylon drawstring bag is great to have on hand to carry your bare necessities.

I packed everything I needed for my hiking trip (and many a trip thereafter) in this roller bag that doubles as a backpack. With multiple compartments to keep everything organized, I could easily find everything I needed once we hit the road and could separate my dirty hiking boots from my clean clothes.