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Hiking: A Basic Guide for A Safe Trip

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Maybe you finally want to leave the house and go hiking as the pandemic begins to settle. Hiking has great benefits as it makes you healthier and improves your mood as you enjoy time with people you love whether that’s family or friends. You can explore great places close to you or far away and enjoy being outdoors, away from your deadlines and daily stresses. But if you’re planning to go hiking outside, it’s always best to be safe as you go.

What to pack   

Hiking means you’re going outside walking and trekking in the unknown so of course, a GPS or any form of navigation such as a compass or map, will be greatly useful to have with you. Planning your trip will make it a success so if you’re hoping to camp the night, make sure to research and know where the campsites are or any nearby shops or civilisation in case of emergencies. It would help to note these on a map or GPS so that it’s there for emergencies.

First-aid is important. Put together a small quick first-aid kit with the essentials including band aids, bandages, tape, small scissors, ointment, cream for bites, maybe some betadine to clean wounds or any other medication you might need for your trip. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, right?

And of course, food and water. For food you can bring snacks. GF Anzac biscuits are great for snacking as well as dried fruits for extra energy. Trail mixes, bananas, nuts, or seeds are also good carbohydrates and energy refuels. These snacks are also lightweight and easy to carry around as you walk. Have enough water but be careful not to drink and finish everything as you need to save up and avoid going to the bathroom as much as possible.

What to wear

Really, this depends on where you are hiking. If you are in a sunny area, firstly, make sure you have sun protection. Whether that’s a cap or sunscreen, staying protected from the sun’s rays is important. Short sleeved shirts might be good for hot weather, but it also exposes your arms to insects and bites. Likewise, it’s the same for pants. Shorts have the same issue so it’s better to wear lightweight pants. If you’re hiking in a cold climate, make sure to cover up and stay warm. But also remember your body will naturally heat up as you exercise as well. 

Picking the right shoes matters. Choosing the right shoes depends on where you are walking. Some places such as mountains require boots with good friction. If you’re hiking on flat ground like a terrain, light hiking shoes will be good. Material also matters because some shoes are heavier and more long-lasting, while others are more breathable (such as nylon).

Other points to consider and think about is time. Plan your trip so that you reach your destination or have a place to camp out when the night arrives. Hiking during daytime is the best to avoid animals and get rest at night.

Planning really takes up most of the trip, plan your meals, your backpack, clothes, how to break up your time, where are you resting, and whatever else you might require. Hiking isn’t meant to be stressful, so if you plan and prepare ahead, these stresses won’t bother you anymore and you can enjoy your time with your loved ones.

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