Going out for long walks or hikes can be therapeutic. It is a good way to get away from daily baggage and give your body a physical challenge. It can also be an opportune time to connect with the outdoors and meditate. To make this possible, you need to equip yourself well before embarking on the walk or hike. Here are five important tips to help you with that:
Make A List
Ensure you list down the necessities you will need while you are out there. Making a list beforehand ensures you do not forget anything when packing. Some of the things that you must include on your list include food and snacks, lots of water, compasses, rain gear, maps, bug repellant, tents, and ropes, to mention a few.
Familiarize Yourself with the Area
Before going out to an area you are not familiar with, ensure you do some thorough research on issues like wild animals, the security of the site, poisonous plants found in the area, hunting spots and seasons as well as any hiking alerts made by the relevant departments.
Plan For Daytime Hikes
Try as much as possible to hike during the day. It is very easy to get lost in the terrains when it is dark. Also, nighttime is when some dangerous wild animals move around. If you are going to hike for several days, it’s advisable to put up a tent before nightfall for your safety. Carry safety equipment, torches, warm cloths and bug repellents for the nights.
Carry a Map
This is an essential tool especially if you are hiking in an unfamiliar location. You may rely on technology but sometimes when you are deep in the wild, you might experience a poor signal or your battery might run low. This is where a map comes in handy. Also, ensure you know how to read a map before you set out.
Have a First Aid Kit and Multi-tool
Always prepare for the unexpected. A first aid kit can be a saviour in case of incidents like insect bites and cuts. A multi-tool prepares you for multiple incidents too.