Walking in the wilderness is a fun, enriching and refreshing activity that will help you broaden your horizons, get out of your comfort zone, get closer to the unknown and learn as much as you can…
5 “hiking” tips for beginners
However, before heading out into the countryside, there are some important aspects of hiking to keep in mind, especially if this is the first experience.
1. Explore the area, animal and plant species
Before the trip, it is important to explore the area in advance and learn about natural places, types of animals and plants that can be found there. With proper preparation, the trip will become many times more interesting and rewarding.
In addition, familiar natural landscapes can serve as a guide to the right path and help determine the campsite.
2. Choose an “easy” direction
To make your trip memorable only with positive moments, you should start small.
If you prefer outdoor recreation, choose destinations for beginners. It can be a short trail or a hike that takes less than an hour. Once you've chosen a route, it's a good idea to look at reviews of it and find out about other people's hiking experiences. This will help to set expectations regarding the difficulty of the hike, as well as problems that you may encounter during the trip.
It is also better to have an expert in the company who has already hiked this trail. In case of an emergency, be sure to collect the contact information of people who can be contacted for help.
The first hike will help assess the level of physical fitness and determine the right amount of equipment so that all subsequent adventures go smoothly.
3. Check the weather forecast
On the day of the trip to nature, do not forget to check the weather reports, and also have a backup plan in case of unexpected bad weather. It is imperative to always prioritize your safety and the safety of your comrades, and change plans as necessary.
4. Choose the right clothing and equipment
When it comes to clothing, it is recommended to wear yoga pants, breathable t-shirts and tops, waterproof jackets and other sportswear that dries quickly and does not let moisture through. The most successful material for clothing are nylon and polyester fabrics.
Don't forget about the right shoes. Choose shoes with a comfortable fit that will protect you from possible injuries while hiking.
Hiking is not always scary!
5. Make a list of things
Prioritize and identify essentials such as spare clothes, towels, water, sleeping bag, etc. Make a checklist so you don't forget anything important.
Also, decide what you can share while traveling. Shared items (such as a tent) can be shared equally among the company and lighten the load for one person.
It is important for a beginner to prioritize safety throughout the trip to nature. With this in mind, take the easy route, check the weather, and wear the right gear. Also, remember to bring only the essentials with you and leave the rest at home. Most importantly, have fun, explore and enjoy the beauty of nature.