Walking is a great way to get in shape. You can hone skills left over from modern life – navigating rough terrain, exploring, and surviving in the wilderness. It’s a break from your fast-paced everyday life while you reconnect with nature.
How to prepare for a hiking trip
You also don’t have the usual amenities. There is no pantry, air conditioning or place to sit. There are also thorns, cliffs, and animals to worry about. An ill-prepared hiking trip can head south quickly.
It’s hard to keep track of all the preparation you need. That’s why we’ve put together this cheat sheet for you!
1. Bring snacks
You’ll be out for a long time and doing strenuous activity, and there’s nowhere to stop and eat. You also have limited space in your backpack.
This calls for small but Protein rich snacks. Do not take anything that could cause a mess or need preparation. Create a special pocket for your food so it won’t get crushed or spilled on your bag.
Finally, don’t forget the water. If you are not hydrated, your energy will quickly collapse.
2. Dress the part
This is not the time for fashion. You need clothing that is comfortable, allows you to move freely and protects you from extreme temperatures. Review this checklist while packing your bag.
- sturdy pair of shoes You need toe shoes to protect your feet.
- Long pants. long pants
- hat – This will help prevent sunburn.
- warm jacket – But make sure it allows air to circulate.
- Shelter – If you are spending the night, bring a tent and a sleeping bag.
3. Know the state of the land
You don’t want your trip to be ruined because you get lost or get injured because you don’t know where you are going.
Read about your destination. Know which places to pay attention to – a slope, a dead end, a steep slope, a thick patch of forest, etc.
Bring a map and compass so you don’t turn around.
When walking in an unfamiliar place, go slowly. This is not the place to fall, as there are not many people who can help you.
4. Take the medical equipment
No matter how vigil you are about safety, accidents happen. Before you leave for your trip, gather a file first aid bag.
You and anyone who comes with you should learn basic medical techniques such as CPR. This way, if there’s anything serious, you’ll be able to get over each other until help arrives.
This is again where protein-rich snacks can come in handy. If you end up in this situation, a little food can make all the difference.
5. Self-defense methods
Nature is beautiful, but it also contains animals that can harm you. You’re unlikely to come across them, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Bring something you can use to protect yourself at the event.
Find the animals spotted where you’re going, and learn how to do it respond to their presence.
Here’s one universal rule for animals – if you see one, don’t turn your back on it and run. This will get their attention when they may have left you alone before.
You want to go with the enjoyment mindset, but don’t underestimate nature. You’ll be in items you’re not used to. All you have to deal with will be what you bring in your inventory and the skills you have acquired with you.
This does not make you afraid. It is to empower you so that you will be able to overcome the challenges that this journey will present you with.