How to Prepare for a Hiking Trip

Are you sick and tired of the daily grind? Do you sense a decline in your productivity? Are you looking for a way to beat the urban stress? 

Just pack your bag, wear your hiking boots, and set off to a hiking trip. Extended treks, Hiking trips, and walking tours make some of the most interesting escapes. They give you a chance to truly immerse in the beauty of nature and culture. However, if you don’t plan properly, they can actually turn out to be a nightmare. Whether you are planning your next trekking trip or getting ready for a day-long hike in the highlands, we have some tips to prepare you for the challenges that await.

Figure out your style of the trip:

There are various ways to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. It all depends on what you prefer and enjoy the most. Some of you might love hiking in Adirondacks or Rockies. While others find camping out at night more fun. It all depends on what suits your taste. If you love trekking or rough trails, just go for it. If you enjoy climbing the mountains while stopping at small cafes on your way to the top, do it. In the end, all that matters is your happiness and content. Once you have figured out the kind of trip that appeals to you, it gets easier for you to prepare for it.

Assess Your Fitness Level:

Before you set on a trip to the mountains, you need to assess the level of your fitness, that too honestly. It might be easier for you to walk a mile on the pavement. But walking four to five miles a day is an entirely different story. Before choosing a trip, ask your tour company the level of fitness you need to be at to join the tour. Choose the trip that suits your fitness level and then ensure that you are physically prepared to face the challenge. Try to add a few more meters to your daily run to improve your stamina. Spend more time at the gym using weights and treadmill or a stationary bike to improve your cardio efficiency for the hiking trip.

Carry gear more often to get used to it:

Try to carry a loaded backpack while you walk. When you go on a hiking trip, there is a lot you need to pack and carry all the way to the top. To get used to carrying all your hiking gear, start carrying a backpack of the same size and weight along. This will help you adapt to the conditions you might have to face on the trail. It will make a lot of difference in the way you feel and how fast you move. So give yourself some time to acclimate to carrying the gear you are packing for your hiking trip. 

Get a pair of well-fitting boots:

Be very careful when it comes to buying a pair of hiking boots. Go for a pair that offers good ankle support. Make sure they fit your feet well and are thoroughly worn before you head out to the trail. Poor-fitting boots can ruin your entire trip as they result in hotspots and blisters. Also, don’t forget to pack a few extra pairs of good quality hiking socks. Proper socks not just keep your feet warm but also offer the ultimate comfort and support. The best socks to wear on a hiking trip are made from merino wool. These are perfect for controlling moisture, are breathable and have antimicrobial properties that minimize odor even after days of trekking.

Get the right bag:

Choose the bag that comfortably fits your body. For a multi-day hike through the highlands, get a daypack that carries your water bottle, jacket, snacks and sunscreen lotion. If you are planning to camp in the woods at night pack a duffle bag to carry your nightwear. No matter how much or how less you are packing, make sure to get a bag that fits your body comfortably and makes you feel good throughout your trip.

Pack First Aid and Emergency Gear:

Be prepared for the unexpected circumstances that may arise at any point in your trip. Make sure to pack items like a first aid kit, knife, flashlight, energy snacks, binoculars, bug repellant and an emergency kit with a compass, whistle, matches and a small blanket.

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