We all know how fun hiking is; the fresh air, the beautiful scenery, and the sense of accomplishment when you reach the top of the trail. But one thing that can ruin your hike is not being prepared.
That’s why we’ve put together this short guide. So you can pack and enjoy your hike the right way. With just a little planning, you can ensure your hike is safe, enjoyable, and, most importantly, successful!
1. Choose the right hike.
First, consider your fitness level. You’ll want to choose a shorter, easier hike if you’re not very active. On the other hand, you can consider a longer, more challenging hike if you’re more fit. The hike you choose should bring joy and satisfaction and not as a means to punish and torture yourself.
2. Pack only the essentials.
It is so tempting to bring a lot of stuff. But you don’t need much hiking gear, so leave the unnecessary items at home. Stick to the basics like a map, compass, water, snacks, and a first aid kit.
3. Travel light on your feet.
As much as possible, wear comfortable shoes. It’s the key to enjoy your hiking. If it’s not needed, ditch the heavy hiking boots and opt for a lighter pair of sneakers or trail running shoes.
4. Don’t overpack your backpack.
A heavy backpack can make your hike more difficult and less enjoyable. Pack only what you need and distribute the weight evenly. This will minimize injuries and make you less tired and less stressed.
5. Take advantage of nature’s resources.
If you’re hiking in an area with streams, lakes, or rivers, you can refill your water bottle instead of carrying a lot of water. And, if you’re hiking in the fall, take advantage of the ripe berries and fruits available.
6. Slow down and enjoy the hike.
One of the best things about hiking is taking in the scenery. It’s tempting to want to hit the trail at a fast pace, but starting slow will help you enjoy the hike more.
Likewise, stop thinking about how much further you have to go and take a moment to appreciate where you are. Smell the flowers, touch the leaves and trees, and feel the sun on your face. Take your time and savor the scenery.
7. Capture memories.
Hiking is all about the scenery. Make sure to snap plenty of photos to help capture the memories of your hike. It’s so easy to get caught up in the moment and forget to take pictures, but in the end, those pictures help us remember the hike and the incredible views we saw for a lifetime.
Following these tips will allow you to travel light and enjoy your hike even more.