Hiking is a fun and active experience that is good for you on various levels. It helps your body get fit, improves blood circulation, reduces stress, and it helps you feel one with nature, which is always a good thing especially for those of you who live in big cities. Well, even a small town can become tiresome in times of lockdowns and various precautions because of the situation we’re facing today. That’s why hiking is like a breath of fresh air- both figuratively and literally. So, how does one prepare for hiking?
Look for companions
Experienced hikers can travel on their own, but it is still a good idea to find a travelling buddy, especially if you haven’t been out hiking a lot. Travelling with a companion is not only fun, but it also helps you stay safe in case of an emergency. Out in the wild, all kinds of things can happen – from unexpected bites and damaged limbs to more serious troubles like getting lost. It would also be wise to pair up with someone who is more experienced than you, this way you could also learn something new about hiking and camping!
Do some trail research
Whether you’re going on a hike alone or with a group, it’s always important to know your trail. Head to special websites and look for trails in the area you’d like to visit. Make sure you download an offline map (like Maps.me for example) and upload your hiking trail there. Most smartphones have built-in GPS so you can use this as your map to find your way. But it’s always a good idea to have an actual map on your hands as well because gadgets tend to lose power when you most need them.
Plan your time according to your capabilities
One of the golden rules of hiking is not to rush. Whether you’re trekking in the mountains or on plain terrain it’s always important to maintain a healthy pace, which includes some extra time in case some emergency happens. A group will naturally travel at a slower pace than a solo traveller, so that should be taken into consideration, too. You should also pay extra attention to the time of the sunset and sunrise because travelling in the dark is not much fun and can be really dangerous depending on where you go.