Backpacker Glossary: Hiker Box

Hiker Boxes are boxes that you will find along a long-distance trail were you can leave or take supplies. They can be found at hostels, hotels, post offices, outfitters, and other businesses or organizations.

Common things you'll find in a hiker box are:

• Food and other consumables, which are often left if the person was tired of eating something, or brought more than they needed

• Gear someone decided was unnecessary and so just extra weight.

• Temporary gear, such as knee braces, that a hiker only needed for a short time.