Packing Your Bag: Essential Hiking Gear for Women - FITS®

April 29, 2022

Are you looking for the best hiking gear for women? Whether you’re an avid hiker or a weekend adventurer, having essential hiking gear for women can make your trek more enjoyable. From the shoes on your feet to the shirt on your back to the accessories in your bag, here are six items you don’t want to go hiking without.

1. High-Quality Hiking Boots

One of the most important pieces of hiking gear for women is a good pair of hiking boots. Hiking boots provide support and stability on uneven terrain, and they help protect your feet from rocks and dirt. In addition, hiking boots are designed to keep your feet dry, even when you're walking through streams or puddles. And because they're made with high-quality materials, they'll last longer than cheaper alternatives. So if you're planning on hitting the trails this season, make sure you have a good pair of hiking boots before you go. 

2. Waterproof Merino Wool Hiking Socks

When it comes to hiking gear for women, you need socks designed for the terrain. The best hiking socks are waterproof and made with moisture-wicking merino wool. At FITS, our collection of women’s wool hiking socks is second to none. With multiple styles, weights, and sock heights available, you can find the best hiking socks for year-round exploring. Your feet will thank you for it.

3. Lots of Layers

You never know when Mother Nature is going to change her mind. That’s why it’s important to pack your hiking bag with a few clothing options in case the weather isn’t quite what you expected. If you’re out longer than anticipated, the temperature could drop, and having an extra jacket in your pack can be a life-saver. Similarly, you should dress in layers so that you can cool yourself down by removing a top layer if the weather ends up hotter than expected.

4. Snacks and Water

Two of the most important things for any hiker to pack are snacks and water. A nutritious snack can give you the energy you need to keep going, while water is essential for staying hydrated. Not only will snacks and water help you to enjoy your hike more, but they could also end up being lifesavers if you find yourself in an emergency situation.

5. First Aid Essentials 

While you might not need to bring an entire first aid kit with you on a short day hike, it’s still wise to have a few essentials in your backpack, such as:

  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Antibacterial ointment 
  • Gauze pads
  • Medical adhesive tape
  • Pain-relief medication

For an overnight, week-long or longer backpacking trip, consider having a complete first aid kit and other essential tools to keep you safe while sleeping away from home.

6. Your Phone 

While disconnecting from the hustle and bustle of life is definitely a perk of hiking out into the wilderness, it’s important to have your phone with you for two reasons. First, it can come in handy in case of an emergency. Second, you can use it to take pictures of the beautiful sights you see on your hike, so you’ll have those memories with you for years to come!

Find Your Essential Hiking Gear for Women at FITS

Are you ready to start crossing items off your list of essential hiking gear for women? Start at FITS, and get the best-fitting, best-feeling hiking socks for women on the market. While you’re shopping with us, you’ll also find casual socks for women for everyday wear, as well as socks for other outdoor activities you might enjoy!


Sock Sizing
women and men size chart

The Perfect Fit Starts With the Right Size.

Your sock size shouldn’t be a guessing game. Our socks range from small to double XL, but the best way to know the perfect fit for you is to match your shoe size to the chart on the left. That way, you’ll know the size you select will give you the fit and feel you expect.

Between sizes? Go with your gut, but rest assured that your socks will still fit great. If you receive your order and find yourself wishing you’d gone up or down a size, just let us know. We’ll happily send you replacements for your preferred size.

Concerned about laundry mix-ups? All FITS® socks are coordinated by color and size, based on the colors you see on the size chart. So, you won’t have to worry about mixing up your sizes with the other FITS® wearers in your home. (But stray socks mysteriously going missing in the dryer? Unfortunately, we can’t help with that.)


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How Do You Determine Sock Size?

Sock sizes are typically measured in inches, not by your shoe size. So, a sock size 6-8 will comfortably fit someone whose feet are between six and eight inches long. However, at FITS®, we make it easy for you to choose the ideal sock size without having to measure your foot. Simply use our sock size conversion chart based on your shoe size to select the right fit for you. 

How Do You Measure Your Foot for Socks?

To measure your foot for socks, measure the length from the heel of your foot to the tip of your longest toe. The measurement in inches correlates to your sock size. For example, if your foot is 10 inches long, a sock size 9-11 should fit you comfortably. At FITS®, you can skip this step and find your sock size based on your shoe size using our conversion chart. 

What Is the Sock Size Conversion?

The sock size conversion refers to sock size compared to shoe size. While all companies may vary slightly on which size socks to purchase based on your shoe size, you can always measure your foot to find the right fit for you. 

What is Sock Size to Shoe Size?

Because sock sizes are determined by the length of your foot in inches vs. your shoe size, shoe and sock sizes differ. The FITS® sock size to shoe size conversion is as follows:

Knowing this makes it easy to choose the ideal sock size based on your shoe size without measuring your foot. 

What Age is Sock Size 9-12?

Sock sizes typically don’t correlate with age. For kids, age can be a general indicator of what size sock they’ll need, but everyone is different. An adult sock size 9-12 fits anyone whose feet are approximately nine to twelve inches long. For kids’ sock sizing, check with the company to find exact details to ensure your little one gets the perfect fit. 

Got more questions about finding the perfect sock size for you? Let’s talk.



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