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One of the glorious things about a Sedona vacation is that you don’t have to be among what Senator Bernie Sanders would call the top 1% of 1% to enjoy your trip. All you really need to get the most out of our most magnificent attraction — the pristine public lands surrounding the town — are your two feet.
However, if you want to make your outdoor trek considerably more comfortable, it helps to have handy comfort gear. Even then, you need not spend much cash: none of the items on this list top out at more than $100, and many are less than $30. Invest in these top ten products for Sedona hikers and lose yourself in nature’s beauty.
1. A Handwarmer and Phone Charger Combo
“Um, isn’t Sedona in the desert?” If that was your first thought, you’re one clever buckaroo — days can get quite toasty, even in winter. However, the lack of humidity sends temperatures plummeting around sunrise and sunset, leading to freezing digits while you try to snap spectacular photos. Plus, there’s nothing worse than your phone dying just as the lighting reaches perfection — stay warm and avoid heartbreak with this 2-for-1 gadget.
2. A Set of Trekking Poles
While you’ll find a few paved area trails at Red Rock State Park and parts of Centennial up on the west side, most of your treks will take you over rocky ground. Furthermore, if you have back problems, you can ease some of the pressure on your spine by distributing it among four “legs.” These trekking poles will help you keep your balance, prevent overturned ankles and enjoy a longer excursion.
3. A Tactical Flashlight
Here’s a word to the wise: You don’t want to get stuck on Hiline Trail after dark. The cliff edges are too precipitous. However, if you do miscalculate your time, the right tactical flashlight can illuminate your path and safely get you back to civilization.
4. A Pocket First Aid Kit
The desert is a beautiful but dangerous place. It can seem like everything has sharp edges way out west. When you get a minor cut, don’t let it fester — keep a pocket-sized first aid kit on your person.
5. A Double-Walled Water Bottle
Hiking in the desert is mighty thirsty work. Unfortunately, Arizona sees more than its fair share of hiker fatalities due to dehydration — please take care to avoid becoming a statistic. One way to carry the H20 you need is with this stylish double-walled water bottle that will keep your beverage from boiling in the summertime sun.
6. A Hydration Pack
At the risk of beating a dead camel, have I mentioned how vital it is to stay hydrated while hiking in the desert? We’ll repeat it over and over here at Only In Sedona because we love our readers and visitors and want you to stay safe. When your two hands can’t carry enough H20 for a lengthier excursion, turn yourself into an imitation dromedary with this hydration backpack.
7. Water Purification Tablets
8. Some Shoe Grips
9. A Military-Grade Compass
10. A Cellphone Signal Booster and Charging Case