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6 Essential Hiking Tips

Older Couple Resting During Hike with BackpacksHiking is a fun outdoor adventure you can do while staying in Mooresville. Going on hikes gives you many physical and psychological benefits like reduced stress levels and improved physical fitness. Planning and preparing for the unexpected will help ensure that you will have a fun trek. Is this your first time hiking? Then you should keep some things in mind before you go off on your adventure. These hiking tips are going to make your hikes fun and memorable.

Tip #1: Choose the Right Trail

Pick a relatively easy trail if this is your first hike or if it’s been a while since your last. This will make your first time out a lot of fun! If you are used to taking walks on a flat surface, a hike that is a bit shorter than your usual distance would be best. Also, pick a hike without any abrupt elevation changes. Steep inclines can be a problem for an inexperienced hiker.

Tip #2: Pack the Right Gear

A common novice mistake among hikers is packing the wrong gear. Wear light, moisture-wicking clothing that covers your arms and legs. This will keep you safe and hydrated on your hike. It will not only help prevent sunburns and insect bites, but appropriate clothing will protect you from scrapes and scratches, too. Wear a sturdy pair of sneakers or hiking boots, and don’t forget to bring a hat! Lastly, pack a backpack with snacks, an extra set of clothing, and a good amount of water. There are about ten essential items you must bring along when you go hiking.

Tip #3: Bring a Map

No one wants to get lost during a hiking trip. You should check that you have a map or a GPS device of the area you will be hiking through. Understand the map and orient yourself to the location before you start hiking. If the hiking trail is marked, stay on the course. You can also use your phone or another device as a map. Remember to bring along an extra battery. Putting your phone in airplane mode also helps keep the battery’s charge last longer.

Tip #4: Time Your Hike Right

Hikers usually start out early in the morning. It is important to do this if you are hiking when daytime temperatures are high. To make your hike a safe one, check local weather reports to know how long you will be on your trek. Be conservative with your estimates – hiking is not a race. Hike at a comfortable pace and do not overexert yourself.

Tip #5: Use Good Hiking Etiquette

Your day on a busy trail will be more pleasant if you follow basic hiking etiquette rules. Hikers going uphill always have the right of way. Watch out and make way for bikes and horses. Say hello to other hikers as you pass them, and be polite by avoiding loud conversations if you are hiking with friends. Keep your dogs safe by making sure they are leashed when you bring them along on your hikes. Bring home all the trash you accumulate during the trek. Granola bar wrappers, empty water bottles, and so on should never be left on the trail.

Tip #6: Use the Buddy System

The last of our hiking tips is to take someone with you on your hike, just in case you have an emergency. If you are planning to hike alone, make sure someone knows where to reach you and when you expect to be back. If ever you get lost, this information could spell the difference between life and death.

Follow these hiking tips so you can have an enjoyable hike every time.

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