Tips For A Good Hiking Experience.

Posted on Sabtu, 11 Juni 2011 |
Let's break out of our winter hibernation and venture into the crisp, clean outdoor air and hit some dirt trails! I'll give some tips so you can have an enjoyable hike.

1. Find information about the area you will be going to. Whether it's from a website with information and trail details, or a map at the park office, trailhead, or visitor center, always check before you head out on your hike so you know what to expect.

2. You must know weather conditions, wherever you go. Nothing is worse than traveling to a hiking destination only to miss the hike, because it was raining or freezing and you weren't prepared. It is also good to know if there are any plants or animals to watch out for at your hiking location. Wiping with poison ivy in the morning won't feel good.

3. Wear clothing that works and fits the terrain and hike conditions. Look for synthetic and natural fibers that pull moisture away from your body, or at least stay warm when wet. The two most important pieces of clothing for any hiker are good socks and good shoes. Uncomfortable shoes and socks can cause you real pain. Finally, a hat in cold weather is a great addition, since your body loses over half its heat through your head.

4. You will also need to be prepared with a first aid kit that matches the hiking you will be doing. In most cases a simple kit from local department or sporting goods store will do. If you want to build your own first aid kit you must include these basics: - Different sizes and shapes of bandages and gauzes. - Various types of tape for wounds or fixing tools. - Suntan lotion. - A light emergency blanket (preferably with some kind of water resistance). - Aspirin, allergy, laxative, and anti-diuretic medications. - Small multi-use tool with a knife, scissors, and a needle and thread. - A cell phone can come in very handy in emergencies. It is recommended that you pack all of this in a waterproof bag or container.

These tips should ensure a comfortable hiking adventure.

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