Hiking can be an enjoyable experience for all provided that you plan ahead. First time hikers usually don’t understand how physically and mentally exhausting hiking can be.
If you’re going hiking for the first time, here are some of our tips to make it a success:
1. Have a Water Supply
Water is always going to be the most important thing to take with you on a hike, but there’s only so much you can take. For a day hike, 4-5 small bottles of water should be enough, however, when you’re going on a longer trip, it’s better to carry water purification tablets with you instead. This way you won’t have to worry about taking lots of water with you, you can just top up from a stream or river. Keep in mind to only drink from a running source of water; still water is prone to bacteria and disease that can’t be treated with water purification pills.
2. Take A Map
When we say take a map, we mean a proper paper map – not the map on your phone!
First-time hikers often make the mistake of assuming that they can rely on their tech devices for assistance on the trail. Using your phone for short day hikes is fine, but when you’re going on long hiking trips, you need a backup. Your phone isn’t going to last long and you would most likely have bad cell phone reception halfway through the hike.
Not only should you take a map and compass with you, but you should also know how to read and use them too!
3. Carry Sun Protection
Don’t undermine the damage the sun can do when you’re out in the wild. It doesn’t matter whether you’re going hiking in the desert or the rainforest, the intensity of the sun can be very harsh in the outdoors. Carry a high SPF sunscreen with you and reapply it after every 3-4 hours. Sunburnt skin can make it very difficult for you to stay outdoors!
4. Carry a First Aid Kit
Nature is unpredictable; no matter how well you plan, things can always go wrong. Don’t go hiking without a proper first aid kit. Your first aid kit should carry the basics (bandages for cuts, blisters, and scrapes), antiseptic and gauze pads.
5. Take Energy Bars and Fruits
You can’t fill up your backpack with sandwiches or cooked food as it can go bad. For hiking, it’s best to take non-perishable goods such as energy bars and lots of fruits and vegetables. Energy bars will give you your dose of protein so you have the energy to keep going.
6. Invest in a Proper Hiking Backpack
Hiking backpacks are designed keeping the needs of hikers in mind. These bags make the hiking an enjoyable experience for all. They provide ample space to carry essentials and keep hikers comfortable on the trails by reducing pressure on their backs and joints.
Light Hiking Gear has a complete range of multi-functional daypacks. We also sell accessories that make our backpacks easier to carry around.
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