Get ready for hiking


Getting ready for the wanderlust? It is the time when you get the backpack out and head for a trek and camp out. Most of us love that long walk in the park or on the sands of the beach, but a trek is far more strenuous and difficult in comparison to just a stroll. If you are a newbie, there are certain things that you will need to keep in mind when heading out on your own or as a group. We’ve listed a few tips that will help you if you are just starting your trekking journey.

1.    Get fit!

This is probably the first thing that you will need to do even when the thought of camping or trekking crosses your mind. Just because you love to stroll in the park in the park next to your house does not indicate that you are fit enough for an arduous trek or a hike. Whether you are a novice or an expert, select a hike that suits your health conditions and take into consideration allergies and injuries if any. When you start to train for the hike, start with a basic jog or a run. You can use the treadmill too setting an incline so that you can experience what it is to climb a slope.

2.    Be in a group

Numbers are always safe, especially if you are a novice. One of the best ways to stay safe and getting experience is by signing up for organized hikes and treks. There would be a lot of adventure clubs that do this in the areas around your locality, so keep a watch for the same.

3.    Explore familiar areas

If you want to be on your own, then start with exploring familiar areas and being a part of day hikes. You need to start with short distances that are easy to remember and complete rather than starting to explore a brand new place or a route right away. Staying in familiar routes makes it easy for you to get help in case of any casualty.

4.    Get the right gear

In one of our previous posts, we talked about how to choose the right backpack. When you are out on a trek, you need to choose the right gear! Get a checklist ready with all the basics that you need when you are out on the trek. Pick up all that you want online or you could choose to go to a professional store where the assistants can help you get the right equipment. Please keep in mind that the store assistants recommend products to you based on your hiking needs.

5.    Pack light and pack right!

Don’t overburden yourself with a heavy backpack that is likely to cause aching shoulders and a strained back. Keep your backpack light, but ensure that you have the basic necessities in it. A couple of things that your backpack must include should be a first-aid kit, a compass (just in case you lose the way!), water filter, water purification tablets, a rain poncho, a multipurpose torch, a GPS device, a multi-purpose knife, extra batteries, and some water and food.

If you are staying in a place overnight, keep a blanket to keep you warm. Most of these lightweight and do not take up much space in the backpack. If you are a newbie, we suggest that you carry a hiking stick that will help you across the inclines. And yes, do not forget the camera and binoculars!

6.    Keep yourself healthy

This should be of prime importance to you. Use a sunscreen and a mosquito repellent that will avoid sunburns and also protect you from any mosquito borne disease. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water and this is more applicable when you are hiking at higher altitudes where the chance of a dehydration setting in at higher altitudes.  

7.    Be trail friendly

Whether you are trekking alone or in a group, ensure that you follow the trail. Don’t wander in unknown trails alone. Anticipate for the worst, maybe a slip that can cause an injury or an ankle sprain that won’t let you walk. Always have the backpack with you at every point of the trek, don’t leave it and explore the unknown areas.

8.    Wear the right clothes

Familiarise yourself with the terrain that you will be visiting. Carry insect and mosquito repellent patches to avoid any kind of infection and wear clothes that will cover you completely. Wear clothes in a layer so that you can peel off clothes that make you uncomfortable. If you are trekking in the summers ensure that you wear clothes that soak up the sweat and keep you clean. For the winters opt for layered clothing that can be taken off if you feel warm.

These are our safety tips for all those who are ready to take the plunge in the world of hiking and camping. Would you have any tips that we can add to this list? Do leave a comment and let us know.

Watch out for our next post on Top 10 must have camping equipments!

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