Are you wanting to go outdoor hiking but want to make sure you are safe? By preparing properly and knowing what you have to do to be comfortable during the hike, it can be much more enjoyable. Prepare by reading through these guidelines and it should be easy for you to have a hiking trip that is very enjoyable.
You’re going to need to check the weather for where you’re going to hike. This needs to be done multiple times before going because the conditions may change as time goes on. You’re able to find fairly accurate weather reports and maps online, so check there as often as you can before you head out. If there is a chance of bad weather then you can have a backup plan to, work with just in case. During bad storms, you need to make sure you delay the hike until they pass so you’re not in any danger.
Pack light because you’re going to want to be able to go as far as possible on your hike. If you take too much with you, there won’t be as much time for you to enjoy yourself out in nature. You should try to have everything that you can carry in a backpack with you, and that’s it. In your backpack, you should have items like a first aid kit, trekking poles or other items like a spare set of dry clothing in case it rains. You may want to wrap the items in the backpack in plastic in case it rains on you.
Bringing your phone is a good idea, so you have a way to call for help if something goes wrong. Just make sure that it’s charged and that you’re careful not to focus on it too much when you’re hiking. You should turn the volume off and shouldn’t answer it if you want to have an experience that is ruled by nature and not you having to check your phone as if you were at home. It’s always a lot better to minimize technology during a hike because it’s too easy to get caught up in it and to forget to have an enjoyable time.
Your body is going to have to be trained if you want to go a long distance over rough terrain. When you train, make sure you do strength and stamina exercises. You want to make sure that you have strength training that you do with weights so that you can carry your pack a long way. Stamina training is good because it helps you to keep at hiking when you would have been tired in the past and would want to turn around to try again later.
Get a map of the area you’re going to be hiking in so that you can see if there are any areas that may not be safe. If you see sudden drop offs, then you know not to walk near them so you don’t get hurt. A good idea, is to see if you can look at the area with an overhead satellite map if that area isn’t heavily wooded. Then you can see where thick areas of brush are and things like obvious hangouts for wildlife. Going out to hike without knowing where you are and how to escape is a very bad idea.
Finally, you’re going to need to make sure that you can describe where you are in case you get hurt and need to call for help. One idea is to learn how to use your phone to get your GPS coordinates so that you can tell someone the latitude and longitude of your location. You can also use a compass and have a map that you create as you go along, so you’re able to have at least some idea of what to tell those that you have called to help you.
Outdoor hiking is a great way to get out into nature. You just have to make sure you prepare for your trip in the right way. Enjoying yourself can only be done when you have a safe and fun adventure on your hike!