Hiking shoes feel different than regular shoes or sneakers. Wear them for a few days to accustom your feet so you don't get blisters.
Take a few walks with your backpack. Having a heavy load on your back takes getting used to.
Hiking is not like walking, it is far more demanding on your legs and back. Your calves and hamstrings need preparation for this vigorous exercise.
If you have never hiked before, you might come to regret taking on a long demanding trail, so start off easy. If you are planning on taking a walking stick with you, learn how to handle the stick to your benefit.
Without the right shoes your feet will suffer. It is best to select shoes with a thick sole for stability and comfort, and check for proper ankle support. Boots are best for mountain climbing or water crossings.
For a day-trip you will need a place to store essentials.
Hiking will made you hungry and thirsty. Be sure to pack some fruit, nuts, and energy bars.
Not really necessary, but handy to have, if you know how to use it effectively.
You never know when you may need it.
If you end up needing a fire, you will need a way to start it. Store these in a waterproof case.
It's always good to have ID on you with the name and phone number of a contact person.
Regardless of the season, in the outdoor your skin needs protection
If you wear short sleeves or shorts, you really need this item!
An extra T-shirt and socks weigh nothing but can come in handy.
Scrapes and cuts are common in the outdoors.
Take your cell phone with you. If anything were to happen, you can call for help.
There will be lots to see during your hike. Preserve the memories.
This can be invaluable in case you get lost.
Sometimes you need a little extra direction.
A navigational tool may be for sissies - but it could save your life.
If you get tired, take a break; you don't want to wear yourself out. It takes time to be an experienced hiker.
Those trails are laid out for a reason. They are designed to keep you safe. Random hiking in the wilderness is for the experienced.
If you hike in company, stay with the group.
Know which plants and bugs are poisonous.
Find out what wildlife might be in the area (rattlesnakes, bear, wild cats, elk or boar) and how to react appropriately.
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