7 Things You Need to Know Before You Go Hiking

hiking is one of them. All you have to do is strap on your best hiking backpack and set forth. No accommodations fees to think about.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned hiker or the total opposite; there are unwritten rules before you go hiking that one must stick to. Your adventure could turn into a misadventure in a snap of a finger all because you didn’t check these 7 things you need to know before you go hiking.


1.    Check the Weather Forecast

Setting foot on the hiking trail without knowing what kind of weather you’re going to face is like going into the battlefield without a gun.

The first thing you should do right after you pick your hiking destination is to check the weather for the whole duration of your trip. There are numerous apps you can download so there’s no way you can be naïve about these things. You may, however, do a last-minute weather check on the day of your hike to know if everything will be easy breezy. That way, you’ll know if you need to pack more or less, or change the type of clothes, or even cancel a trip due to torrential thunderstorms! 

2.    Tell Someone Where You’re Going

I’m not assuming someone will happen during your adventure but a good hiker will always prepare for the worst-case scenarios. Before you commence on the day’s activity, don’t forget to let someone know where exactly you’re going. In addition, tell them when you’re coming back and who you’re with.

In the event of delayed returns, at least they’ll know when to call for help and rescue. You’re not only doing yourself a favor but you’re also doing everybody a favor by checking in.

3.    Pack Only the Best Gears

Remember: Your equipment will either save you or restrain you. In this case, choosing the best ones will most likely give you a hiking trip of a lifetime!

This tip is extremely important especially if you’re hiking for days which would mean sleeping in the outback (we all know how uncomfortable that is for some). The first step is to choose the best tent by checking the site’s conditions. Where will you pitch your tent? Is it on mud, sand, or snow? The size of your tent should also depend on the size of the site. While you’re at it, bring along a sleeping pad to make sleeping more comfortable than ever.

Next is to choose the best tactical boots for trekking. A great pair of tactical boots will give you the utmost support and enhanced traction. They should also be very easy to put on and remove.

4.    Test Your Gears

Buying the gears isn’t enough. That’s why there’s such a thing called “trial and error”. You’ll never know if they work unless you try them out before your trip. The last thing you want in your hiking adventure is your gears flaking on you when you need them.

Test your boots outside. Try setting up your tent at home. Learn to properly use your water filter. Turn your stoves on and off and see if it works smoothly. Figure out how much fuel you need for a particular amount of cooking. Practice reading maps and compasses. These are some of the things you can do to make sure everything is on track.
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5.    Avoid Wearing Cotton

Cotton-made materials are really comfortable to wear...in the mall! But it’s definitely not for hiking. Wearing cotton will only pose a hassle whenever a downpour comes. Cotton absorbs too much water and moisture. It absorbs 2,700% more over its weight in moisture. That means, if you get wet, well, I’m sorry to say – you’ll stay wet!

Other reasons why you should ditch cotton is it’s really poor in regulating temperatures. It means cotton absorbs too much sweat and causes body heat loss. Last but not the least, cotton is ostensibly very heavy to carry!

6.    Never Hike with an Empty Stomach

Hiking with an empty stomach is a no-no. Always remember to hydrate and pack a sufficient amount of snacks. Most of the top picks are bananas, peanut butter, nuts, protein bars, candies, chocolates, and mostly those with high sugar content (excuse your diet for now). This will bring you more energy while hiking.

7.    Leave No Trace

If you haven’t heard of this rule, I don’t know what rock you’re living under. This rule is paramount in every hiking adventure. Leave no trace of trash and pick up trash along the way. It’s better to leave a trail better and cleaner than when you came across it.

On top of that, follow hiking rules and etiquette. Don’t disrespect the wildlife and be respectful of other hikers. Hiking enthusiasts are also seeking the same peace and quiet in nature the same as you so there’s no need to ruin it for them.


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