Whether you’re a fan of getting a bit of fresh air, or insist upon exploring every crevice of your new destination, hiking serves as the perfect hobby for all outdoor enthusiasts. Requiring minimal equipment, hikers are able to explore areas they may not be able to see while sitting in a car. However, before taking on the trail, prep with your group or think about which trek is best for you.
Evaluate which type of hike would be best for you and/or your group. Take into account the weather, type of terrain and trails, physical health and just how much time everyone wants to dedicate to the hike. A day hike can be completed in a single day, whereas a multi-day hike requires more equipment and the need to set up camp.
Take a moment to look at the gear you’ll need. A pair of hiking boots without adequate support can make even the most beautiful hike an ugly one. For a day hike, find a hiking boot with strong ankle support and flexibility. Additional supplies include sunscreen, a hat, water bottles, a camera, extra shoe laces and carbohydrate-rich snacks for an additional burst of energy. The mantra should be “if you don’t need it, don’t carry it in your pack.”
Tell someone where you’re going and how long you expect to be gone.
Enjoy the scenery!