In the last few years, hiking has become a very popular activity for individuals and families who want to get the thrill of experiencing nature in an off-beat way. Safety and comfort are very essential for hikers, and for beginners it can mean walking a thin line between good health and jeopardy. Although fancy equipment and expensive apparels are not necessary for hiking, you have to get the basics covered at least. Here are some of the most useful hiking tips for beginners:
Get proper clothing
You can keep cotton clothes back at home, and take synthetic or woolen clothing which can keep you sufficiently warm. These types of materials can dry fast, and allow great comfort and warmth on chilly days. You should get a long sleeved shirt, shorts or nylon pants, jacket, fleece or wool sweater, synthetic or woolen socks, and hat. An additional pair of dry socks is also a must. For summer be sure to still cover up with synthetic quick drying clothes to stay cool and decrease the chances of getting ticks or skin rashes from poisonous plants.
Take safety kit along
You need to take a first-aid kit along, even when you are going for a short hike. It is one of the most important things that you should toss into your backpack. In only 1 – 2 hours of starting your hiking trip, you might develop blistered feet or skin your knees. A small first-aid kit costs just a few dollars, and includes bandages, antibacterial cream, mole skin, antiseptic wipes, tensor bandage etc along with some allergy tablets.
Get the right accessories
You should take along suitable accessories to serve you during your hiking trip, comprising of practical items such as insect repellent, sunscreen, and a whistle to signal for help. You should also consider getting a small flashlight, compass, and map to help you in case you end up losing your way.
Pack in food and water
When you go on a hike, you have to make proper arrangements for food and water. Keep healthy snacks in hand, and keep dry foods such as biscuits, granola bars, dry fruits such as dates along with a generous serving of water in one or two bottles. Even if you wish to hike for only an afternoon, you should plan and take these things along to avoid any hassles. You don’t want to risk becoming dehydrated or weak and not be able to return safely from your hike.
Get suitable footwear
The type of shoes that you wear can make a big difference to the comfort and success of your journey. Invest in quality boots or hiking shoes that offer enough support to the ankles. Wear the pair for a few days to let your feet get accustomed to it before actually hiking with them.