The weather is warm, nature has bloomed, and now is the perfect time to head out on the hiking trail. But what if you’ve never hiked before? Never fear, we’re here to help you get started. Here are some hiking tips for beginners to keep in mind as you prepare for your first hike.
Start small. You don’t want to push yourself too hard the first time you head out on the trail. That’s why you should select a shorter hike for your first time, eventually building up to bigger ones.
Check the weather. It’s important that you dress appropriately for the weather, so make sure you continually check the weather before you head out. Pack according to the weather, too.
Pack the essentials. Whenever you head out on a trail, you should make sure that you pack ten essential systems to stay safe. This includes:
- Navigation like a map and compass
- Sun protection
- Extra clothing
- Flashlight or headlamp
- First-aid supplies
- Fire starters
- Repair kit and tools
- Extra food
- Extra water
- Emergency shelter
Wear the right shoes and socks. Hiking will do a number on your feet, so it’s important that you invest in good hiking shoes and socks. Choose only wool or synthetic socks and pack blister dressings just in case you end up with a bad one.
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