Hiking Tips: Do’s and Don’ts

hikingThe basic equipment for beginner hiking includes a pair of shoes for temperate weather, which need to have a good rugged sole to give traction. Weather-wise, most beginning hiking should be done in good weather. For a novice hiker, bad weather can discourage you from any future hikes. It even discourages veteran hikers but we’ve learned to adapt. A simple day pack purchased from Walmart will hold everything you need such as; a basic first aid kit, snacks, a camera and a rain poncho for those storms that pop up especially during the summer months when humidity is high.

Wear light weight clothing in the summer and avoid cotton t-shirts as they take longer to dry. Wear light colored clothing, dark colors are a heat magnetic especially in the peak of the day.

Dos and Don’ts of Hiking

  • Do stretch before you begin, in order to lower risk of muscle cramps and soreness.
  • Do start hiking at a slower pace, with shorter trips and work your way up to a faster pace or longer trips.
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal before hiking. Every meals loaded with carbs will easily burn off and cause you to feel sluggish.
  • Don’t burn yourself out on a long, grueling excursion if you are not fit for one.
  • Do dress in layers, and shed layers or add them to keep the sweating to a minimum depending on environment and season.
  • Don’t litter, keep the trail clean for the animals and other hikers who would like to enjoy that trail. Bring a plastic bag to keep your garbage in.
  • Do research the environment you will be hiking in, distinguish the animals and plants that inhabit the area and take caution if they are dangerous.
  • Don’t forget to bring an emergency kit; bring extra water, a cell phone, matches/lighter, and maybe a foil “space blanket” along with a poncho.
  • Do drink plenty of water, especially during the summer months. Dehydration and muscle cramps can set in quick if you’re not drinking plenty of water.
  • Do open your eyes, mind and spirit and enjoy the great outdoors at your leisure.

Hiking can be a leisurely level or be increased to a more advanced level in extreme terrains. Hiking’s versatility and satisfaction have great health benefits.

6 thoughts on “Hiking Tips: Do’s and Don’ts

  • May 16, 2013 at 5:08 PM
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    Great post! You’re 100 % right that you don’t need $700 worth of high tech gear to go hiking. There’s no reason it needs to be intimidating. Also, your last bullet point is spot on.

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    • May 16, 2013 at 5:15 PM
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      I’ve seen people spend tons of money on gear not realizing they are paying for the brand name.

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    • May 16, 2013 at 5:18 PM
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      I tell people, hiking isn’t a fashion statement.

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  • May 16, 2013 at 6:06 PM
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    When I started hiking I would only hike in good weather. But after the first wet hike, I realised I had actually missed a lot. The land takes on a whole new look and feel and whilst not as pleasant as a summers day, it is never the less has its charms. I guess living in the rain drenched Uk can skew ones views though 🙂

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    • May 16, 2013 at 6:16 PM
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      My first hike in the rain happened by happen stance. We weren’t expecting it but a small rain cloud decided to dump on us for about fifteen minutes. Enough to soak us, yet cool us off on a hot summer day. Afterwards we noticed how the trail took on a different look, smell and sound.

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    • May 16, 2013 at 6:20 PM
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      I tell people hiking is a progression, start off simple and easy and work your way to more challenging hikes.

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