How to Prepare for a Hike
While planning a hike, long or short, you will want to make sure that you have all of the right items to stay safe; such as water, food, clothes, emergency kits, and any other supplies you may need to maximize and enjoy your time. Here are some additional tips to prepare for your next hike and stay safe on the trails.
When you begin packing, it is important to stay organized. It will make your hike much more enjoyable. Make the items you will be using frequently the most easily accessible by packing them near the top of your backpack and put the items you don’t plan on using as much at the bottom.
Choose the right backpack
Use the length of your hike as a reference as to what size backpack you should bring. For a short day hike, aim to bring a light pack with only the necessities. For a long hike, you may want to bring a bulkier backpack, as it is likely you will need more supplies.
Only bring the essential things that you may need. Try to limit the amount of clothes that you need and compress it so that you will have more room to fit additional items that you might need on your trip. Attempt to bring light equipment and try to not bring anything you won’t be using.
Pack your Emergency kit
In your emergency kit you will want to bring the following items: An extra flashlight, first aid supplies, bandages, socks, hand warmers, fire starters, a knife, duct tape, a lighter, an extra water bottle and anything else you might need in an emergency situation.
Wear the right shoes
Hiking boots should fit snug, and having the wrong size or pair of boots can make your trip extremely uncomfortable and unenjoyable. Break in a pair of boots before you go hiking to get used to them and make sure they feel good on your feet!
Do your Research
Make sure you know where you are going and what trails you will be hiking before going out. Pay attention to weather and trail conditions and stay safe on the trails.