Have you ever had one of those moments when you want to drop everything and head out into Mother Nature? You’re not alone. However, you might want to think twice before you grab your boots and head off into the distance. Here’s everything there is to know about planning a hike.
Consider your fitness levels
One of the first things to think about is your fitness levels while planning a hike. It can be tough to know how far you will be able to make it before you’re out there giving it your all, but only we know how much we exercise and whether we will be able to make it more than a few miles. One of the best ways to start improving your fitness for a hike is to start small and work your way up. Trying to hike too far straight away could lead to injuries if we’re not careful.
Research trail requirements
Not all hikes are as simple as grabbing a pair of boots and heading off into the distance. Sometimes, we need a permit before we’re allowed to take it in. if that’s the case, where are we supposed to get one? Do we need to find someone to park the car? Are we allowed to take our dog along for the hike? There are all the questions to ask while planning a hike.
Learn the route
Having one map is essential, but having more than one copy is essential. It’s also a good idea to have an electronic and paper version to ensure you lose your way. Although many trails have maps along the route, it’s best not to put all your faith in signposts. It’s also recommended that hikers look at the hiking route before they head out to ensure they roughly know where they are going and what to expect before they set off.
Break in your shoes before the hike
It’s always advised to break in your shoes before you head out on a hike. Blisters aren’t just painful; they can be dangerous if they get infected and make it uncomfortable to wear shoes or walk for days after your trip. It’s best to choose hiking shoes that suit the type of hiking you want to do. If you plan on heading out a lot, then more supportive and stiffer boots could be the way to go.
Pack all the hiking essentials
Everyone has their own idea of what to take when planning a hike. However, many items come up time and time again. Plenty of water and food are two of the most important things to keep in your bag. Just don’t forget to drink before you feel thirsty, as this can be one of the first signs of dehydration. Although we probably won’t need an entirely new wardrobe, some spare clothes and a waterproof coat often come in helpful.
Learning everything there is to know about planning a hike not only means we can be prepared, but it should also help us to have the best day possible.