6 things you should do before your hiking trip
Hiking/trekking is the fun activity to do. You can enjoy the scenic views of the nature, breath the fresh air and have a good time with friends with burning a lot of calories. For the day hiking, you don't have to prepare much but enough food & water, a good pair of hiking shoes and sunglasses for the summer.
For the multi-day hiking/trekking, you should prepare more than that because you have to sleep in a tent, bring enough food & water and make sure that you're going in the right direction. But what if:
- It rains or there is a thunderstorm?
- The trail you choose has not many signs to follow?
- 1L is equal to 1kg so how many kilograms you can handle on your shoulder for more than 2 or 3 days and walk 6-8 hours a day?
- You don't bring enough water
- It's cold and you don't bring enough warm clothes
- You or somebody felt so how to do the wound dressing? Nobody wants an infection
- Your boots got wet after crossing a river. The more you walk with it, the more blisters you have.
- You have a cold or a fiver
Living in the nature is not easy if you're not living there for long enough to understand the nature. The process is long and requires a lot of effort.
Is it worth to do multiday trekking? Hell ya, many adventurers do it because it's fun. Nature is beautiful and it'll make you relax.
What should you do in order to have a good and safe trekking trip?
Here are the best tips for beginners and even long-time trekkers
Train for your trip
Nobody like it when he or she makes it halfway through then give up because it's too late. If you're physically fit enough to do, the sky is your limit. But it doesn't mean that hiking/trekking requires you an insane athletic training plan. No, even for me, I didn't train that hard. You only have to fit the workout plan into your schedule and invest 2-3 months to work on it before your trip then you'll be fine. Check out my trekking/hiking workout plan & tips here
Bring your hiking gear
There are several things you should consider to invest:
- Hiking boots or shoes: they have a good grip so you can easily climb on rock, walking on wetland and a good cushion for your feet. That way you won’t put too much pressure on your knee and ankles and still enjoy every evening of the trip. Plus, most of the hiking shoes are waterproof nowadays. You can check out here for the best hiking shoes/boots of 2018
Bring enough food & water
Food & water are very important because it provides you with a source of energy to replenish your body so you can last the next couple of days.
For food, you should talk to your team if they organize to cook together. My team loves to cook together so we can enjoy the cheaper expenses. But others don't like that idea so communication is very important. Don't wing it then the trip will be a disaster. I suggest you bring snack sick as protein bars, chocolate, etc. Something light but give you energy. You can always have the snack during the day so you won't feel that crazily tired at the end of your day.
Bringing water is very tricky because water is heavy. For a 2 days 1 night trip, I always brought around 2 liters of water. And the longer the trip is, the more water I'll bring. I try to bring as much water as I CAN, but not too much then you'll be tired after 3-4 hours of walking.
For some country such as the USA and Canada, when I trek, I bring a hiking water filter so I can use the lake or river water as my drinking water. It's safe but you have to check before doing that.
Get some safety tools
The first aid kit is indispensable because whenever you have an injury it'll back you up so you have a stress free trip.
The Swiss knife is highly recommended because you can use for cutting food, tree.
Study the place you're planning to hike
Have a good idea of which route you will hike. Look for possible emergency exit points as well as places where water refills are likely. Identify more than one water spot since dry spells can be unpredictable. (American Hiking Society)
Organize your backpack well
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