Not everyone was fortunate to go on regular outdoor adventures with their families when they were kids. But, it’s never too late to start those journeys on your own, with your friends or maybe your kids! We made this article to guide you through every step, and we’ll cheer you on as you’re making progress. Nothing happens overnight and mistakes are inevitable, but they are the best way to learn.
To all the new and potential hikers out there, you’re at the right place. We’ll go through the importance of the right hiking gear, and some other tips and trick that will make your first hike easier and a lot more exciting.
Hiking Gear Essentials
Hikes can last from several hours to a couple of days, depending on your plan, whether you plan on sleeping in the wilderness, the distance to your final destination, etc. You’ll be needing some high-quality gear, and you shouldn’t be afraid to invest in some. The gear you take can either make or break your first experience in the outdoors and this is why you should choose wisely. You can turn to brands like www.hykeandbyke.com for quality and affordable gear, as well as good advice on what to choose and how to use it. Sturdy and professional outdoor gear is a long-term investment. Even if it turns out that you won’t be hiking regularly, it will last a lifetime and it will come in handy anytime you feel adventurous.
Your backpack should be made from high-quality material, quite durable, and spacious. Look for one that has cushions on the shoulder and back parts, as it will make your journey a lot easier. While hiking, you’ll be walking long distances, and the last thing you want is that poking back pain that won’t go away. Bonus points if you get a backpack with multiple compartments to it- it’ll help you organize better.
Function over fashion
Hikes are probably the only outdoor activity where shoes are more important than the clothes you’re wearing. Of course, you need to dress according to the weather and temperatures, but if you aren’t wearing comfortable shoes, your hike is doomed to fail from the beginning. Look for ones that will protect your feet and ankles, with solid soles, and are quite spacious, as your feet will swell a bit from walking. So, leave your oxfords at home, because it’s time for the hiking boots to come on stage.
Enough food and water
On your hike, you’ll be burning a lot more calories than you intake. Your scale will go down no matter how much you eat. Make sure you have a snack nearby at all times because you don’t want your sugar levels going down while you’re out there. Look for food that is filled with nutrients, especially protein and carbohydrates. If your hiking trail doesn’t have a drinkable water source, make sure you grab enough bottles on your way. Grab one extra and store it at the bottom of the backpack, you might need it.
Tips on a successful hike
Find the right trail for you
Surely there are tons of trails nearby where you live. But, find one that will match your fitness levels and throw yourself on investigating. Do online research, ask people who’ve been there, check if the trail is marked… gather all the info you can get, as it’s the best way of preparation. Once you do that, you’re one step closer to being ready. While you’re at it, check the weather. That way, you’ll figure out your outfit for the day.
File a report
Tell a friend or a relative where you’re headed, how long will you be gone, when should they start worrying… this is important, especially if you plan on hiking on your own. While it can be extremely relaxing, it is a lot riskier than hiking with a group. If it’s possible, have your first hike closer to home, on a marked trail that has high visibility and it’s highly attended by others.
Grab the ten essentials
The ten essentials list was first mentioned in the 1930s, by a group of outdoor adventurers. As technology advanced, so did the list, and right now, ten important things can make or break your hike in cases of emergency. Here is the list:
- GPS device
- First aid kit
- Pocket knife
- Matches or lighter;
- Shelter (aka small tent)
- Sun protection (cap, sunglasses, SPF cream)
- Extra food
- Extra water
- Extra clothes (jumper, shirt, socks, beanie)
Leave no trace
It seems as if we just told you to tell others your whereabouts, but you should act as a ninja. That’s not exactly what we had in mind. When we say leave no trace, we’re thinking of trash, a campfire that is still ongoing, plastic bottles and tissues scattered around. Leave nature in its original state, the same way you found it before you even got there. Carry a plastic bag inside your backpack and pick up any trash you’ve left behind. Also, don’t forget to have tons of fun on your first hike!
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