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Trek Up: Fall Hiking Essentials

There are two types of hikers in California: the very serious fitness buffs [who talk to no one], and the on-trend Instagrammers [who stop at every peak to snap a photo].

I’m probably more of the annoying Instagrammer than the serious fitness buff [sigh].

Regardless, all of those hiking trails have taught me how to prep for the trek. I teamed up with The Chalkboard Mag to spill my secrets on packing for a successful hike. After all, fall is the perfect time to indulge in the outdoors. The air is crisp; the leaves dry; the skies promising of a fresh start.

Here’s what to bring with you to stay hydrated, healthy + energized…

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Bag | Aloe Vera Water | ThinkThin Bar | Justin’s Peanut Butter | Coola Sunscreen

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Kick off the hike by stretching your arms and legs; especially focusing on your hamstrings.

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PROTEIN BAR | A protein bar boosts your energy and preps your body for a good sweat. Choose bars carefully — some are merely candy bars! The best protein-packed brands are Quest, Aloha + ThinkThin.

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Set your own pace, switching between brisk walks and light jogs.

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SUNSCREEN | Apply sunscreen to your face + lips prior to beginning your hike.

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TRAIL MIX | Prep your trail mix at home, using cashews, almonds, cacao nibs and goji berries. The combination provides quick energy and healthy fats, and is a great snack midway through your hike. If you opt for store-bought trail mix, go for Navitas Naturals, Mystic Mountain + Hermit’s Mix. 

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Once at the top, take a minute to celebrate, reflect, and set a goal.

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WATER | Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! This is critical for remaining energized on the hike. Pressed Juicery’s Aloe Vera and Chlorophyll Waters are good options.

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APPLE + NUT BUTTER | Wrap up your workout with an apple and nut butter — almond, walnut [full recipe here] or peanut. You’ll undoubtedly be hungry, but avoid reaching for unhealthy snacks. Apples have high water content, and are best paired with protein and good fats found in nut butters.

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Leggings, Bra + Bag: Lulu Lemon | Shoes: Nike

Photos by Annie Shak