Hiking Tips for Beginners
Hiking Tips for Beginners
One of the pleasures of hiking or walking is the fact that these activities are financially accessible. If you are a beginner, do not spend money till you decide whether to even continue. But, if you decide to buy equipment, remember that the more expensive products can be a good investment. The quality equipment functioning properly, lasts long, and is a pleasure to use. A cheap product, on the other hand, may fail under stress.
Tips for Hiking Equipment
It is essential to treat your feet well. In the case of easier journeys, simply use a good pair of walking shoes or bicycle. In more remote areas or more difficult to traverse, it is essential to use a pair of hiking boots. A good store of equipment for outdoor sports can tell you the vast range of styles (and prices) available. Look for a seller that knows the field who can help you choose what best suits your objectives and to your wallet.
For a one day walk, you will need a lightweight backpack with padded straps. If heat is more comfortable to take a small bag to the waist because it allows your back to breathe and also avoids the problem of pain in the neck or shoulders. Two people can take all the necessary equipment in a small backpack and a fanny pack.
Each item of equipment that carry the backpack should be the lightest and smallest possible. When making tracks with a small backpack or material equipment "pleasure is inversely proportional to the weight carried". In other words, the less weight, more pleasure. Take a small first aid kit in a plastic bag with: towels to protect blisters, small scissors, and an elastic connecting to torn muscles or sore joints. From May to August use insect repellent - perhaps the most effective are those containing a high concentration of DEET. Bring a small flashlight with batteries of long duration: so light that you will forget that you have it until you need it. A Swiss Army knife is the most versatile item that can take. A pair of laces more can have multiple uses, including to repair a damaged backpack. A good whistle can help draw attention in an emergency.
With high temperatures, you need much water. Plastic bottles of one
liter with a large neck and screw cap are ideal: you may freeze it the
night before the hike (leaving room for expansion) and to carry in a
towel or a sock (to absorb condensation) and have fresh water on a hot
You must always take rain equipment, whatever the weather. When we forget the waterproof, is when it rains! If the sun is strong, it is preferable to use a wide-brimmed hat than a helmet, because it protects the neck and ears. It is particularly useful to use sunscreen to avoid burns or sunburn. If it's cold, it is essential to use a hat and gloves.
Keep your equipment in your bag - so do not forget it when you walk. Please also use your creativity by adapting items from day to day to use during hikes, increasing the fun.
What to include in your backpack for a day: waterproof or water-resistant protective guard; sweater (if temperature decreases), a change of socks (and always treat your feet), hat (to protect from the sun or the cold ) and gloves, bottle of water (1-2 liters per person), lunch and energy snacks, compass and whistle, insect repellent, sunscreen, first aid kit with bandages for blisters and small scissors, map and guide; small flashlight, Swiss Army knife, spare laces, sunglasses.