Are you planning to go on a trek ?
If you’re a beginner then you’ll love this post. In this post I will be sharing some useful hiking tips & tricks.
Hiking is a great way to get outdoors, let go of stress & get exercise. Here are some tips & tricks –
It’s very important to plan ahead when going for a trek. It’s necessary, to take the necessary precautions before going to trek. Always create a checklist & take backup items.
It’s always nice to plan things, it makes everything simpler.
Bring in a Map, Compass & GPS
Some items are extremely important for trekking, like – a GPS, Map & compass. When I mention map, I mean the topographical maps. Also makes sure you are familiar with these tools.
It’s difficult to predict certain situations, hence it’s better if you take the necessary to prepared for the worst.
Blister Proof your Feet (DIY)
Love your feet or not, getting blisters is very normal when trekking. Hence it’s very necessary to take steps to blister proof your feet. This first thing you can do to prevent is blisters is by making sure that your foot fits properly.
Carry Extra Food
Food is quite crucial. So whenever you step out for a hiking, make sure you carry extra food.
Don’t feed the wildlife
It’s very tempting to feed animals when on a trek. But the problem is that they can attack you. This is obvious as animals are not meant to thrive on human food.
Carry few tools
You’ve never know about certain situations. Hence, makes sure carry few tools like screwdrivers to tackle such situation.
Buy a Lightweight Backpack
Make sure when you’re buying a backpack for trekking, buy the one which is lightweight. This will allow for a comfortable trekking trip.
Bring a first aid kit
Make sure you carry a first aid kit with you when you go out trekking. Your health should be a priority.
Here’s a blog which will help you include all the essential items in your kit.
Learning basic first aid
According to Verywell health –
Learning the basic first aid procedures can help get you through a minor crisis, at least until you can get to medical treatment.
Please take this seriously, it’s really crucial.
Even if you’re going on a trekking, you shouldn’t forget about hygiene. You should Plan ahead and pack the things you need to maintain hygiene. Also make sure to do your research before to learn the right ways to wash dishes, dispose of waste, and more.
Wear proper socks & footwear
Your socks & footwear is very crucial in your trip. The quality of your footwear on a hike is the equivalent of a quality bed for sleeping. Make sure you pick a hiking shoe and not any other shoe. The brand is equally important.
Here’s a quote that you can derive inspiration from –
“Hiking is a bit like life: The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit”
Cold Weather Hiking
If you’re going for a cold weather hiking, make sure you are hydrated, stay dry, eat more frequently & prepare to protect yourself from the harsh weather .
Melt snow before consuming
If you come to a point where you need snow to hydrate yourself, make sure to melt it before consuming it. If you directly consume snow it might burn more energy for melting it from your body.
Understanding Basic Knots
Hiking is something that can’t be planned through out. There will be times where you’ll need to change decisions, ways & routes. Hence it’s very important to be flexible. Flexibility is crucial when hiking. It will make your hiking trip fun.
Take a break every few hours
It’s okay to take breaks. You might not realise sometimes that your body needs water or food until it’s too late. Hence it’s important to energise you body by taking rest at regular intervals.
I hope you liked all the tips I mentioned above will help you in hiking. Did you learn something new from this post? Please let me know in the comments below.
Make sure to always be patient and be cautious whenever you go for a trip. All the best.