One of the best things about traveling to new places is getting to explore as much as you can during your time there. Part of exploring the land is getting out and enjoying it and one of my favorite ways to do this is by getting out and hiking. You don’t have to be a hardcore sports enthusiast to go hiking, heck I’m far from a workout junkie but I love getting out and seeing new places through hiking. The only requirement…you just have to love the outdoors.
Whether you are a newcomer to hiking or a seasoned veteran you always need to be prepared. Here are some great tips on making sure you not only have the best possible hiking experience but on also making sure that you are prepared for whatever may come your way.
1. Checklist - Make a checklist of all the items you need to bring with you so you don’t forget something! If you are missing something, www.TheClymb.com is a great resource for finding any of these items!
2. Hiking Boots - You will need to have proper hiking boots to trek through the terrain. Having the wrong pair can mean possible foot injuries
3. Backpacks - To carry all of your supplies. Packs with straps across the chest will help keep balance while hiking
4. Hat, Sunglasses & Sunscreen - Always protect your body from the sun. If a hat isn’t your thing then sunscreen your head. It will make for messy hair but that’s better than a burnt scalp.
5. Hydration Equipment and Food - Keeping hydrated is very important in any type of strenuous activity and of course you need to eat to keep your strength up!
6. First-Aid Kit - This is self-explanatory. Make sure to also pack some burn relief ointments which can be used to not only sunburns but other types of burns.
7. Map & Compass
8. Hiking Sticks, Poles, and Staffs (depending on the type of hiking you’re doing)
10. Matches and/or a lighter
You never know when Mother Nature might decide to mix it up a bit so you need to be prepared for the elements. If that means having a down jacket for freezing temperatures or a light shirt for scorching temperatures make sure you have them.
Even if you stay local the possibilities can be endless by finding new places to discover through hiking!love the