TOP 8 USEFUL HIKING TIPS
TOP 8 useful hiking tips
If you like to travel, you probably like to walk and hike, explore the place you have reached. Though a nice walk around the city can be a bit different from a hike in the mountains or in jungle trails. So here are some things that you have to take into account in every hike you choose!
1. Think about your shoes
Even the most comfy shoes could show their defects after a longer hike. So remember – if you have planned to spend quite a time walking or hiking, try out your shoes beforehand! And, just in case, take along plasters and bands, so that if the shoe hurts your feet after all, at least you won’t be stuck on a place.
2. And think about your outfit
Once your feet are taken care of, outfit is the next to think of. To adapt the temperature, wear layers that you can add or remove as needed. Useful clothes are those that protect from wind, also – remember about different weather conditions. Even if the weather forecast says it will be sunny, you can never trust it for 100%. So take along rain proof clothes! Cap and sunscreen could help in case of strong heat.
3. Bring water and snacks
It’s very important to drink often to stay hydrated. Also small snacks will keep your energy level up, but do not take them too much. Usually during the hike hunger doesn`t appear so often!
4. Bring some more useful things
There are some more things that could be useful in your hike. With the map it would be easier to orientate around, even the compass could help! Aid for injuries, but take just the most needed. If you are planning a longer overnight hike, bring flashlight, matches and tent. These things could be much of a help in a case of emergency as well.
5. Keep it light
Don’t forget that everything you take along will need to be carried. You shouldn’t wear heavy boots and all those layers of clothes should be light. Moreover, every item you take along should not weight much, e.g. take the smallest bottle of sunscreen and leave the lamp at home bringing a small and simple flashlight. After a longer hike every gram can be felt!
6. Evaluate your fitness level and get to know the trail
Do not overestimate your skills and your endurance. It is important to start with shorter distances, gradually increasing mileage and complexity level of the hike. Remember that walk on the paved and flat surface is much easier, so you can walk longer.
And moreover, after choosing the trail, study it! Maps can be useful help to see if there will be settlements on the way in case of emergency. Check if there will be forests with possible wildlife and plants that could be poisonous. Explore if there may be roads where you accidentally can make a wrong turn and possibly get lost.
After some times of hiking, you will be able to sense what distances and what difficulty level tracks are working well for you!
7. Share your hike
If you have planned to hike long distances or get on a very difficult trail, it’s better to find a companion. Though if you still prefer to get into adventures alone, share your plan and hiking route with someone you trust and call him/her when you get off the trail. You also can arrange timings, when you should contact the person to assure you are alright.
8. Respect other hikers, respect the nature
Hike quietly, leave your music kit at home. Enjoy the sounds of nature! Bring a bag where to put all the waste after eating. Never throw anything out in the nature! Don`t get off the trail in the unspoiled nature. It should remain untouched! Don’t feed wildlife – your food is not appropriate for wild animals! Remember that you shouldn’t take anything with you that doesn’t belong to you. Leave the nature as you see it!
Just take in consideration these eight relevant things and you will definitely enjoy your hike! Good luck!