Hiking is one way to explore the great outdoors and forget all the problems of life. If you’re a first timer in this kind of physical activity, then here are some essential tips to make your hiking adventure as enjoyable as ever.

  • Bring a friend

  • Hiking with someone can help you stay on track and you’ll less likely to get lost. There may be people around your neighborhood that can help you out, or you can alternatively look up online, or maybe just ask your friends to go with you.
  • Follow marked trails

  • If you’re hiking on unfamiliar territory, then it’s better to keep track on trails marked by previous hikers. Some cities and destinations have official route signs scattered throughout hiking areas that can help hikers know the way.
  • Bring a map or download offline maps

  • Your phone has built-in maps that you can use both offline and online. Before venturing out in the open, make sure to download these maps so you can use it offline anytime and anywhere. If you don’t like to cling on to your smartphone so much, you can visit your local tourism office and acquire a physical paper map.
  • Use a compass

  • Go old school by using a compass to keep track of your destination. It’s perfectly combined with physical paper maps.
  • Fully charge your devices

  • Not just your phone, but also your other electronic devices such as your GPS. This is important in case you get lost and might want to call for help.
  • Bring a power bank

  • Charging stations are out of sight when you’re hiking in the middle of nowhere. So don’t forget to bring your power bank with you to charge your phones and other important electronic devices.
  • Keep your phone and battery warm

  • Just in case you’re hiking in cold temperatures, you’ll definitely need to keep your phone and battery inside warm pockets. Cold weather can make your battery drain faster than it should be. For some instance, you’re using your phone’s camera and then suddenly a “low battery” sign appears in front of your face. Keep them inside your jacket or trouser pockets to keep them warm.
  • Know your limits on your first hike

  • Remember, this is your first time hiking, you’re still not an expert yet. Don’t push yourself too much on your first hike. Just go slowly and smoothly and you’ll eventually get there. You’ll gradually build up your hiking skills in no time.
  • Drink enough water

  • It’s important to stay hydrated during your hike. That’s why bringing a bottle of water is essential. Not just one, but two, or even three if you’re a heavy drinker.
  • Don’t hike during bad weather

  • Not unless you’re one of the adventurous kind, then it’s fine. But if you’re a person that can easily get sick and relies on your mama’s help, then it’s better to stay at home until the weather calms down. Check the weather the day before your hike so that you can plan ahead.
  • Wear rain or windproof clothes

  • For the adventurers, it’s better to bring a rain/windproof jacket with you. You may be tough, but you’ll eventually get sick at the end of the day. Just like we said above, check for weather updates the day before your hike so you can prepare what to bring and be ready for what’s ahead.
  • Use trekking poles

  • We cannot avoid encountering any rough terrain during a hike. It may be muddy soil, snowy surfaces, and rocky roads. Trekking poles can help you stabilize yourself while pushing forward to these rough terrains. If you have bad knees or has back problems, then trekking poles can really help you a lot.
  • Wear good quality shoes and socks

  • Trust me; your casual everyday shoes won’t do any good if you’re on a hiking adventure. It’s better to invest in good quality shoes and socks instead. It ensures a comfortable feel when hiking, as well as preventing random blisters to pop up on your feet. Opt for the waterproof ones just in case the weather starts to act up again.
  • Keep food in air-tight containers

  • Secure your food in air-tight containers to keep them from spilling and making a smell inside your bag which might attract wildlife. This may not be an issue to some countries, but if you’re going on a hike on destinations filled with bears and other dangerous animals, then it’s better to completely seal your food to prevent smell.
  • Bring a first aid kit

  • Injuries are most likely to happen during hikes if you’re not careful enough. It’s important to bring a first aid kit with you to aid yourself during times in need.

 

  • Look out for official notices and hiking rules

  • In a country such as Canada, you’ll find some official notes and warnings that are placed at the entrance for you to read. Take time to learn them so that you know what to do and what’s not and help you stay safe during your adventure.