There is nothing that can mimic the feel of hiking. You can’t feel the pleasure that people gets from hiking if you haven’t been on it yet. Hiking is a great escape from peoples 9 to 5 busy schedules and won’t even cause you to break a bank to do it.
However, it is always wise to do a little research right before doing anything for the first time, don’t you agree? Similarly, right before you pack your bag for the adventure, do a little research, know which things you are going to need, how exactly you should hike and so on.
And that being said, this very guide is for those who have decided to get into their very first hiking trip. I have demonstrated everything that you should think of before stepping into the world of peace. So with no further ado, let’s get into it.
1. Select the Distance
The first step of preparation for hiking is the selection of hiking distance. At first, Select the range how far you can hike. Remember Don’t try to hike beyond your ability.
I personally believe that as a beginner, you have to hike a shorter distance than your regular walking distance. If you don’t exercise regularly then one or two miles is enough distance for you. Or if you exercise regularly then four or Five miles you can easily hike. There is a lot of camping area for hiking around you.
2. Solo or with Group
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However, hiking solo or with a group always depend on some main key. A) Personal choice. B) Present Situation. C) Level of Experience.
In group hiking, there has a scope of skill up of experience for a beginner. If anyone in injury in the group, then another one can assist him. But in solo hiking, hikers must have to experience and skillful. Otherwise, if hiker want to freedom then solo hiking is best
3. Hiking Location
For the newbie, hiking location should be near the place. Where you know everything about hiking trail, weather, temperature etc. However, before choosing the location some factors should be considered like distance the location from your place, Terrain type, elevation condition etc.
It’s doesn’t matter where you want to go, but the fact is you must have to check the weather condition and another fact of that area before pack your backpack for hiking.
4. Your Ability
Before start Hiking, one thing you have to know that is about your physical ability. How much you are able to hike in a day. If you regularly walk less then 1 / 2 Miles but you choose 8 miles trail that might not be any smart idea. One thing keeps in mind that never go beyond your ability. If you want to over your ability the outcome would not be so good.
10 Essential for Hiking
Before start your awesome hiking, you have to backpack 10 most essential hiking gear for your comfort, protection, safety, health. The list of essential items depends on your hiking track and duration. No one knows what will happen next so you have to careful always. For hiking long trail you have to fit and strong. So keep this essential always with you. Let’s check the top 10 essential for the hiker.
First and Foremost, Backpack is the most important gear for hiking. Because when you go out from home for hiking you have to carry some important gear with you. So for that, you need a backpack. Moreover, you can carry It easily and can hike a long way without any problem if the backpack is strong enough.
Every hiker wants to have a pair of best hiking footwear for him. For good hiking, you have to take the best pair of footwear so that it would fit with your foot properly. For heavy tracking, you can choose hiking boots, otherwise, you can buy normal hiking shoe from the market.
3. Navigation Items
Map, Compass, GPS are the primary navigation items. Navigation and maps help you to find instruction of hiking ways like how much away from the destination, direction etc. You can find out near the campsite, water also can know the direction and quick way when you onto bad weather. GPS will tell you where you are at the moment, so from any unknown terrain, you can easily exit. So always keep Map, GPS, Compass.
4. Enough Drinking Water
For too much hiking you might be dehydrated. So to prevent it, keep enough drinking water with you while hiking. For longtime hiking you have to bring the right amount of pure drinking water that will keep you hydrated. One of the best practice is that for two-hour hiking bring with u at least one and a half litter water, if the weather is hot you want you can bring more water.
5. Sufficient Food
For day hiking and long duration hiking, you need to take some healthy food. So, bring dry and healthy snacks that will boost your energy to hiking and keep you alive. Nuts, fruits, granola bar etc. should be the best choice for nutrition and energy.
6. Extra Cloth
You have to prepared always to any situation. The hiking destination, the duration can be changed. So prepared yourself. Weather can be changed anytime also. So it might be the best idea to pack some extra cloth to protect yourself in any situation.
7. First Aid
You go too long Terrain for hiking, so ready for any unwanted accident. It’s the best idea to pack some important first aid kid to face any emergency’s. Be aware to check the expiration date of the medicines and another kit. You can also take an emergency medical guide for face any unfamiliar accident.
8. Sun Protection
We know UV rays causes of skin cancer and sunburns, which produce from sunlight. So you have to protect your skin and eyes from the sun by using proper sun protection like sunglass, sun skin cream, full sleeve shirt, pent, hats etc.
9. Emergency Shelter
To survive any difficult situation like wind, snow or rain, you need emergency shelter. It is one of the essential element for any emergency situation. A tarp, tent, rain fly, are a great option for the emergency shelter,
Lighter or any other waterproof fire source is essential for the survival situation, so always bring lighter, waterproof matches with you which help to cook food or warm yourself. It might be the best idea to keep petroleum on a cotton ball.
11. Knife and other tools
Always try to bring pocket knife, bungee cord, tape etc. tools with you, that will help you at any situation.
Hiking is the best way to enjoy the wildlife and engage yourself in nature. With good preparation and essential gear of hiking, the hiking would be full of entertainment and secure. So don’t over think about hiking, just read this article and pack your backpack with proper gear and step out for hiking. Don’t forget to comment us how your hiking. Till that goodbye.