Hiking is a great activity to pick up this spring. Whether you’re a veteran or a complete beginner, there are some steps you should take while planning for your first hike of the year. Here are some of the key preparations to make before your first spring hiking trip.
Study Your Trail
Before you set out on your first hike of the year, make sure you have all the information you need on your hiking trail of choice. Even if you think you already know your local trail by heart, getting turned around can be all too easy. The path may have changed appearance from season to season, and it may have become difficult to navigate. Print out a map of said trail so that you know where you are and where to go even if your phone dies.
Pack the Essentials
One of the best ways to prepare for a hike is to pack your equipment in advance. Run through a checklist of the essentials and make sure you have everything you need before you leave. Make sure you have a good spring hiking outfit; you’ll want to include a hat or sunglasses and lots of layers that you can easily shed when you work up a sweat. You’ll also need to find comfortable tactical boots that are perfect for hiking. Additionally, be prepared for the event that your phone or navigation system runs out of battery. Bringing a backup battery pack on long hikes just in case is always a smart idea.
Communicate and Bring Friends
Try to avoid hiking alone, especially on more advanced hiking trails. Bring friends or family members along to make the hiking experience safer and more enjoyable. If you’re starting with a basic hiking trail, you should still make sure to communicate with family members or friends and let them know where you’ll be. This is an important safety measure in case of an emergency or if you were to get lost along the trail.
Hiking is a fun activity to help you stay active and healthy, but make sure you also stay safe and prepared while on the trails. Remember these preparations to make before your first spring hiking trip so that you can have a safe, enjoyable hike in the nice weather.
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