Have you tried doing something out of your comfort zone? If you’re not a fan of the great outdoors, and then suddenly want to try hiking and discover its wonders, then we have some tips for you.
It’s not an easy tide to ride, especially if you’re not much into strenuous activities. But even so, there are ways on how you can hack your mindset and your physical abilities to be able to stay safe during the hike more so in areas that. are remote and with almost zero access to nearby emergency posts.
We hope you’re taking notes.
1. Never hike alone
Hiking alone in remote areas, whether it’s your first time or not, doesn’t sound ideal.
To be alone in the wilderness in the event of an emergency is not a good picture. So. no matter how much you want to experience hiking in the wild all by yourself, you might just want to rethink that.
You can join a group or create your own with at least four members before you embark on that journey. With enough members on the group, you can address emergency situations better. Too cliche to say, but it’s definitely better safe than sorry.
2. Do your research
What do you know about the path you’re about to explore? Prior research helps you assess the hike plan more effectively than just letting yourself be surprised by what’s waiting for you out there. There might be sightings of wildlife in the area so knowing which trail to take is important.
It’s also important to be vigilant about the weather as it can affect your hike. There are advisories that would encourage not to push through with the hike until the weather settles.
You wouldn’t know this information if you don’t do some research. You can check the weather forecast websites, or you may call the national park office for any updates and other information that you wish to know.
3. Bring a map
Since some of the wild hiking areas don’t have a specific trail or path for hikers to follow, bringing a map will help you decipher which part of the wilderness you are in and which side to go to next. It also determines how far you have gone and how much you still have to go.
Bringing a map will also give you an overview of where the nearest campsites and emergency exit routes are. We would highly suggest bringing a traditional map for better navigation purposes as some areas would probably give you trouble getting a signal if you opt to bring a digital one.
3. Stay hydrated
In any strenuous physical activity that we take, staying hydrated is a must.
Hiking can highly cost you your energy and your stamina. Making sure that you stay healthy throughout the hike is crucial. Drinking enough water will help ensure that.
Bring enough water with you when you start the hike as you will have limited access to water refilling stations. If in case you run out of the water, check your map and see if you can get to the nearest natural water source to refill your bottles. While this water source is the best that you can get to hydrating yourself, you still have to bring a water filter, purifier or chemical tablets to ensure that what you drink is potable.
4. Wear appropriate clothes
Proper hiking clothing may not sound like an extreme safety measure, but it does make a difference, especially if the weather gets a bit challenging. Dressing in layers is one important rule to note. When you do that, you can easily just take off some pieces of clothing if it gets hot and then you can start putting them on again when it starts to get cold.
You should also bring a rain poncho as the weather can be unpredictable.
5. Bring first aid kit
A first aid kit is a must in every adventure. You have to equip yourself with necessary wound solutions, bandages, and other helpful items just in case you encounter minor and major injuries during the hike.
While we hope you won’t face the need to use it, it’s still safe to have one in your bag knowing that the wilderness often has a lot of surprises that didn’t turn up in our research. To be on the safe side, no matter how small the injury maybe—be it small scrapes or bug bites—it’s best that we arm ourselves with proper items to attend to the situation.
6. Prepare yourself
So you now have your proper clothes with you, a map, a first aid kit and you have enough knowledge about the trail you are about to explore. The question is, is your body ready for the adventure ahead?
Hiking may look nice in photos, but it’s not as easy as it looks. Although fun and fulfilling, you need to be in good physical condition before you set out. Aside from preparing your overall health and stamina, you also have to brush up on your camping and survival skills. You will need a lot of that during the hike.
7. Bring the right gear
Aside from wearing appropriate clothing, having the right kind of footwear can also help you survive the hike. Uneven path and steep slopes are plenty in this kind of terrain, you must be prepared to conquer them without having to hurt your soles along the process.
To help you in other ways like balance and proper footing, walking sticks are also a good investment. They aid you with all the walking that you would be doing throughout the journey. It may also be used as a pole for your tent. Creativity has to run deep when you are out there, exploring the great unknown.