Recently, hiking has become one of the most common outdoor recreation. But do you know exactly how to prepare before hiking for beginners?

 

Have you ever heard the gentle call of nature, asking you to explore her beautiful environs? If so, this may be your very first foray into the exciting world of hiking.

Hiking introduces you to the beauty of our natural surroundings, while also providing a decent amount of exercise. Hiking allows you to view all that Mother Nature has to offer, from rustic walking trails, to serene meadows, and majestic waterfalls.

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If you have indeed felt the urge to go on your first hike to explore nature, then this article will help you learn the basics of preparing and embarking on your first hiking experience. Let’s begin with some important basic supplies that every beginning hiker should have.

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Basic supplies

 

Doctor’s approval

Obtain your doctor’s approval that you are healthy and fit enough to participate in hiking.

 

Footwear

Acquire the appropriate footwear. There are so many choices of hiking footwear, and it is important to try on and choose the most comfortable option. Hiking footwear ranges anywhere from ultralight trail boots to more rugged terrain hiking boots.

For a beginner, it is wise to stick with something lightweight that also provides a sturdy grip on the dirt trail. A good point of reference is to visit your local sporting goods store and ask a salesperson to assist you in finding the perfect shoe for the contours of your particular foot.

Factors such as high arches, any possible insole needs, and ankle support if your doctor recommends extra support.

 
 
 
 
 

Trail information

Make certain that you choose a clearly defined and safe trail for your first hike. Please check your county and state websites for your best beginner hiking trails. If you find a hiking guide that provides numbers of difficulty level, a simple choice of level 1 is most appropriate.

 
 

Water supply

Always carry a fresh supply of water. Dehydration can pose a major health risk, and frequent sips of water or a sport drink is highly recommended. Staying hydrated is extremely important when participating in any outdoor activity.

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A whistle

Bring a whistle in the unlikely event that you get lost or find yourself in a dangerous situation. In fact, it is always strongly suggested never to hike alone. It is much better to go with a hiking buddy, so that if something happens, one of you can go for help, or offer assistance to their fellow hiker.

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Friend contact

Alert a friend to check up on you at a designated spot and time that the hike should be finished. This way, if you happen to get lost, someone will know, and can contact the proper authorities.

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Sunscreen

Always wear or bring bug repellant and sunscreen. Sunscreen is very important to apply before your hike, as well as during your hike. No one wants to get a nasty sunburn or suffer from heat exhaustion, so a hat or visor is also highly recommended.

 

A cell phone

Bring a cell phone, provided there is proper reception where you will be hiking.

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Food

Bring plenty of light, healthy snacks, such as nuts, fruits, and/or veggies. Granola bars are also an excellent choice.

 

Flashlight

Bring a lighter or flashlight if you are participating in a dusk or evening time hike.

 
 

Utility knife

It is wise to always carry a small utility knife, such as a Swiss Army Knife, just in case you need to cut something loose that is obstructing your path, or for various other safety reasons.

It is wise to always carry a small utility knife, such as a Swiss Army Knife, just in case you need to cut something loose that is obstructing your path, or for various other safety reasons.

It is wise to always carry a small utility knife, such as a Swiss Army Knife, just in case you need to cut something loose that is obstructing your path, or for various other safety reasons.

It is wise to always carry a small utility knife, such as a Swiss Army Knife, just in case you need to cut something loose that is obstructing your path, or for various other safety reasons.

 

Medical knowledge

Learn how to care for your feet. A beginning hiker may develop blisters because they are unused to walking for a sustained period of time, or you may not have broken in your shoes properly. Carry a small first aid kit complete with ointment and Band-Aids.

 
 

Conclusion

 

In summary, taking up the hobby of hiking can be very exciting, and a healthy way to keep fit and active. It is also very important to heed the steps mentioned above, to avoid any unnecessary harm to your body.

A beginner’s guide to hiking booklet can also come in handy, and can provide even more helpful hints about how to safely enjoy hiking. A good place to find a booklet or simple eBook on beginner hiking can be found at amazon.com under kindle eBooks or paperback versions. Having a guide book with you is helpful to avoid unwanted critters that you may encounter on your hike, as well as a plant overview explaining which plants you should not touch.

For example, you do not want to catch poison oak or ivy, so it is important to know how to identify such easily avoidable hazards. Hiking for beginners is a fantastic way to enjoy nature and stay active. You might even want to join a beginners’ hiking club so that you are together with people who enjoy similar interests. This is also a wonderful way to make new friends who share your interests!

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