Here is the second part of the top hiking tips for beginners. If you are a beginner hiker, then you should definitely take the time to read the following guide. Following these tips will ensure that you will have a fun, safe, and memorable outdoor adventure.
Pack The Essentials
Make sure to not leave any of these important things behind. These essentials will ensure your safety both indoors and outdoors. These items will also cater to your needs in case you decide to hike overnight. Pack your map, compass, sun protection like sunscreen and glasses, insulation, source of light, first-aid kit, fire maker, repair tools, food, water, and emergency shelter.
Wear The Proper Footwear
In a hike, your feet will be largely stimulated. Make sure to wear the proper footwear that can handle the rough trails and terrains. They should be weather resistant so as to provide you with comfort. Invest in a good pair that can perfectly support and protect your feet. Make sure to break in your shoes before the trip to avoid blisters or light wounds. Pair your shoes with the proper socks to provide extra protection to your feet. Skip the cotton and go for something make of wool or synthetic materials. They should be thick enough to perfectly mask your feet.
Your clothes should be receptive to the weather. Do not go for cotton clothes as they stay damp and they will make you feel icky. Cotton also causes chafing. Try synthetic fabrics that easily adjust to the weather. Wear some long underwear underneath everything and then simply layer on what you need. That makes it easier for you to adjust to the weather conditions as you simply need to eliminate a few things.
A heavy backpack can ruin your trip as it will weigh you down and make you feel uncomfortable. Stick to the essentials so that you won’t carry anything unnecessary. Get a smaller version of what you need to save on space. Your backpack should also be perfectly equipped for your trip. It should be able to withstand the various weather conditions and it should be perfectly padded to provide you with the best comfort level possible.
Don’t Leave Anything
The general rule for these trips is “take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints.” Take part in environmental conservation by making sure you clean up as you go. Leave the trails clean by packing in your bag any garbage you might have. Do your part in maintaining the beauty of the trails by leaving nothing behind.