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How to Plan a Hiking Trip

Updated on January 24, 2012


Do you like the outdoors? If so, hiking could be at the top of your outdoor recreational adventures. However, you can't just wake up one morning and say to your family hey let's go hiking. A hiking trip must be planned. Follow these easy steps when planning for your next or very first hiking trip.

Things You'll Need:

  • bottled water
  • hiking shoes
  • bug repellent
  • first aid kit
  • food
  • flashlight
  • camera

Step 1

When you plan for a hiking trip the first task is check the weather. While some people do not mind hiking in cold or hot weather, you do not want to hike in the rain.

Step 2

Before you can plan for a hiking trip, try to obtain a map of the trail beforehand so you will know what to expect.

Step 3

Bring water and food that will last for a few days. Hopefully you will not get lost but things do happen. Stay on the trail to avoid getting lost.

Step 4

Decide where you are going to hike and leave the information with a close friend or family member so they will know where you are.

Step 5

Invest in a good pair of hiking boots. You don't want to end up with blisters or sore feet. Does your friend or family member want to carry you? Probably not.

Step 6

Carry supplies in a backpack. But not so much stuff that you get weighed down and tired. Again I ask, does your friend or family member want to carry you? Probably not.

Step 7

If at all possible, do not go plan to hike alone. Hike in a group or with a good buddy.

Tips & Warnings

  • Take a camera to take pictures of the beautiful nature scenes.
  • Plan to hike back to your car in plenty of time before it gets dark.
  • Bring a first aid kit and bug repellent.
  • If you think that plant is poisonous go with your first instinct and don't touch it.


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      Chad Young 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      These are great tips, there have been many times when I packed too much stuff I didn't need and it really tires you out.