1. Tell a friend/relative where you will be. This is good in case of an emergency, or if you do not show up at a certain place on your planned date.
2. Have good hiking boots. Everyone has different preferences when it comes to boots. They should be comfortable and have good grip.
3. Filter all water you get along the trail. Use a water filter, and don’t let crystal clear water trick you into thinking it’s 100% clean. Treat your water!
4. Remember sun protection. Hiking all day will expose you to harmful UV rays. Protect your skin & eyes with sunscreen and sun glasses. A hat is a good idea, also.
5. Join a hiking group. This will help you make friends, gain hands-on experience, and it is motivating to be around other hikers.
6. Brush up on survival skills. Prepare yourself of: reading maps, knowing your navigation equipment, knowing basic first aid, and knowing how to use nature to help in case of an emergency situation.
7. Use trekking poles. They will help you maintain stability and balance while hiking up and down, and even while crossing streams/rivers.
8. Have a warm sleeping bag & a comfy sleeping mat. Getting a good night’s rest is important, especially when you are exerting so much energy during the day. Having a nice sleeping mat to put over the hard ground will help.
9. Choose clothing for all weather conditions. Clothes that layer well is ideal.
10. Take breaks while hiking. You’ll have good days on the trail, and you’ll have bad days. Listen to your body. Rest when you need to.
Do your research ahead of time. Make yourself a list to use as you’re packing and preparing for your adventure. That’s what I did.
Happy hiking, and remember to be safe out there!
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