Hiking Checklist

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  • 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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