Hiking means taking long leisurely walks on trails (or footpaths) in countryside and forests. But, if you find yourself walking off-trail in the forest that’s called bushwalking.
Hiking has many health benefits for the human body like improving the blood pressure and blood sugar level as well as strengthening our muscles.
Trees turn carbon dioxide into oxygen and give us the air that we breathe. Just being there in nature we get that extra fresh air and moreover feel more relaxed because of the plants and flowers in the surroundings and their beneficial components.
As a beginner, you’ll probably go for an easier hiking trail. Before you go make sure to get familiar with the trail, tell someone where are you going and don’t go alone, instead choose a nice company that will enjoy it as much as you do. Although it may sound like a simple walk in the park there is a slice difference and a few things to take into consideration before you go.
Good hiking experience is all about the gear and the weather, or at least the significant part of it for sure. With a wrong gear, the hiking experience would be simply a devastating memory of an unpleasant pain or accidents. It can be the best thing you’ve ever done and asked for more or a painful and exhausting feeling with excuses like that you had to do exercises or lose weight. Exercises and weight loss will be simply a reward after an enjoyable trail hike in nature. Nature lovers enjoy every part of it, sunny or rainy it all has its beauty. Still when it’s sunny and dry is better and easier for walking.
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Minimize the weight, but bring everything you need
What to wear? When thinking of what clothes to wear, consider something lightweight made of wool, nylon or synthetics. Avoid cotton since it will absorb the body liquid and you’ll be wet most of the time. The clothes are even heavier when wet. Start by minimizing your weight as much as possible and at the same time bring everything you’ll need. Your feet and your back are the most important parts of your body to think of when planning a hike. If something can make you feel bad it will be the pain in your shoulders, the mud on your clothes and shoes or sweaty feet. Consider that you’ll be out there in the nature walking in the wood among the trees where trails aren’t flat.
To exclude all of those inconveniences you’ll simply have to take the gear that best suits you, even if you are going on a short hike trail. As a starting point get the most comfortable hiking shoes that you can and a practical backpack for the food, clothes and all the essential items you’ll need. In that way, your hiking experience will be focused on the environment, fun, and enjoyment instead of unpleasant feelings.
Comfortable hiking shoes with a customizable footbed that will provide foot stability and at the same time your foot and ankle will move freely is what you need. Consider waterproof with breathable membrane, in case of rainfall the mud spots can be easily removed only with water. Wear socks that are merino-wool and regulate temperature in both, cool and hot climates. The feeling of sweaty feet can be really awful that will simply drag you off the natural beauty. For the protection of your ankles as well as keeping those annoying little stones out of your shoes use low gaiters.
Lightweight water-resistant jackets that are truly light, only 5 oz and can be packed up and shrank as small as a wallet. They are great because are made of 100% nylon which means are resistant to ripping off and tearing as well. Even if you don’t wear them you won’t notice any difference in the weight you’ll be carrying. This goes for your pants too. Bring extra clothes such as a t-shirt, sleeve shirt to avoid sunburning and getting scratched, zip-off convertible pants and a cap, you may need them.
As a beginner deciding on how many stuff to pack can be a little bit confusing so the spacious 50 l backpack is a good orientation for that and can be used as a carry on luggage as well. A wide range to choose from at the shops, but look closely at their functionality, lightweight materials with durability and comfort in mind.
A one-day hike experience will last more or less 10 hours and most of the food and the water you’ll be consuming during the day you’ll probably have to carry it with you. Best advice is to bring a lightweight nutrient food that doesn’t have to be refrigerated such as granola bars, energy bars, freeze dried fruit, and vegetables, but some canned food and sandwiches are good as well. Keep in mind that you’ll probably need 0,5 l of water every hour.
The essential items to carry: map, a compass for orientation or GPS, flashlights, first aid supplies, multi-tool, paper, firestarter, and waterproof matches. Sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip balsam.
Finally, when traveling abroad all of the above-mentioned hiking equipment you’ll find it useful and handy while reaching the desired destination and moreover can be used as hiking gear when you arrive since many of the best vacation holiday locations except for the beautiful sandy beaches and water activities offer an excellent scenery and countrysides to be explored.