Now that you’ve chosen your trail and planned the amount of time it would take you to finish it, there are a few more things you need to consider. First and foremost it’s the weather. Depending on what time of the year you’re going hiking you will need a different set of equipment, clothes, and extra planning to make your trip truly safe and enjoyable.
Check the weather
It’s a general rule to check the weather conditions when going out into the wild. Of course, it’s impossible to predict the weather changes that may happen at any time, but it’s best to be ready. If you’re going hiking in spring, it’s always a good idea to have raincoats and raincovers because rains are frequent this time of year. Winter hiking can be dangerous, especially in the mountains where avalanches may happen. No matter where or when you go – just do yourself a favour and see if the weather is favourable or no. You can always move your travelling dates a bit to enjoy some sunlight!
While each season has its own peculiarities when it comes to dressing for a hike, there are a few simple rules you can follow any time of the year. First of all, you should wear clothes that dry fast. While cotton may seem like a good idea, you will regret wearing it on a hike because it soaks fast and dries slow. Go for nylon, merino, and polyester clothes – they are light and dry really fast. It is also a good idea to dress in layers because this way you can change your clothes according to the weather. In the mountains it changes quickly, so you’ll be happy to remove a layer or two during the day and put on a warm jacket in the evening.
Go for trekking shoes
Trekking shoes can be expensive, but it’s a very important part of your trekking gear. If you’re wearing shoes that aren’t too comfortable or aren’t suited for the terrain you’re about to explore, you may end up with sore feet or even injuries in case your foot slips. Invest in a good pair of hiking shoes and your feet will thank you later.
Pack lots of snacks
While it’s good to pack light in general, you can take as many snacks as you can with you. Food is something you will not find along the trek, so making sure that you have enough (for you and maybe for your travelling companion as well) is of utmost importance. You never know what may happen along the way, so it’s good to have some extra food on you in case you get stuck somewhere or your travelling buddy doesn’t have enough food on him. Well, your appetite might also go a bit crazy out in the wild!
Tell someone where you’re going
Whether you’re travelling solo or with a partner it’s best to let someone know where you’re going and for how long. Give a detailed plan of your trail and timing to the person you trust, who will be able to arrange a search party if need be. It’s just a precaution, but it can save your life in the future.