Taking a hiking trip with your friends is probably one of the best ways to spend free time with your friends. Pushing yourself physically and mentally, venturing out into a healthy environment, turning off the notifications on your phone, and escaping the hectic city life… Seriously, what’s not to like?
Well, very few things but we would like to point out that remote nature, after all, presents a very unpredictable environment where a lot of things can go south. You shouldn’t take it lightly and rush to it headlong without serious preparation.
In this short article, we will give you a couple of hiking trip preparations that should nudge you in the right direction.
Choose a suitable destination trail
In other words, if you are still new to the world of hiking, don’t try to prove anything by tackling the trails you can’t possibly handle. Make sure the location you are going to visit is easily accessible by car and has a good support infrastructure.
Shorter trails with not too-challenging terrain make a great pick until you properly assess your physical condition and gist for nature. Also, make sure that your future trek has good cell phone coverage just in case you need to check the map or make an emergency call.
Dress for the occasion
Spending time in nature requires special attire that will provide optimal protection from hazards and elements while still allowing free range of movement. Make water resistance one of your top priorities. Also, when you come out of the city, the sun can turn out to be quite nasty.
Well, Panama hats are widely regarded as one of the best gifts for men, so this is a good idea to treat yourself and get one. You can find great models for ladies as well. Finally, a pair of comfortable and suitable shoes for the terrain you are going to traverse is an absolute must – spare dry socks, as well.
Assemble a survival kit
As we mentioned in the introduction, nature is an environment where too many things can go wrong. Your job is to anticipate as many of these scenarios as possible and assemble a survival kit that will help you to deal with any of them.
For a start, quality Tektoknives products are excellent choice for a wide range of tasks from cutting ropes and branches to digging holes and opening cans, so get one. Also, make sure you have at least one power bank, GPS navigation, flare gun, first aid kit, and of course, a set of some of the most used drugs.
Ramp up your survival skills
Ok, but at this point you might be thinking that we are trying to scare you off. So, let’s look at it from the bright side – learning a couple of useful survival skills may not only turn out to be incredibly useful but also make your hiking trips a lot more fun in the process.
And you don’t need to go all Bear Grills at all. Something as simple as foraging, fishing, navigation in nature, and setting up a camp from the natural resources are incredibly easy to learn but give your adventures an entirely new layer of excitement and challenge.
Get yourself a necessary gear
Start with a good water-proof backpack that will provide you with enough space for all the items we have listed above and be compartmentalized enough to allow simple navigation and quick access to critical items.
External slots for water bottles and power bank plug-ins are always a welcome treat. Depending on the length of your trail and the remoteness of the location, you may consider bringing along a comfortable sleeping bag and a tent. If you are going in a larger group, you can share the load and assign someone with an extra tarp just in case.
Get into shape
Of course, this is entirely optional since shorter trails present an excellent workout in itself. But, if you want to get more enjoyment from your hiking trips you should be able to soar higher and walk further. So, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to prepare yourself for this challenge by taking exercises that are meant to improve your endurance, heart rate, and stamina.
Fortunately, such routines are very simple and usually consist of traditional bodyweight mentions like running, lunges, push-ups, squats, and similar things you can do at home.
Well, we hope these couple of tips gave you a general idea about the ways you can make your future hiking trip, safer, more exciting, and, plain and simply, fun. Sure, some of the things we have covered may sound like an overshoot, but it’s always better to take precautions than regret bad decisions.
Hiking trips are the best way to spend time with your friends and family. As long as you know what you are doing and make thorough preparation, this favorite past-time can offer nothing but joy.