When you begin hiking, you will need to start slow and work yourself up to hiking longer distances. Even if you are hiking a couple miles at a time now, you are most likely day hiking. Day hiking is fun and the best part, you don’t need to carry all that backpacking stuff. Carrying a sleeping bag, tent, stove, and cookware adds a lot of weight to your backpack. So, let’s get into some day hiking tips.
When & Where
When you head out for your day hike, you should begin early in the morning. You can begin before the sun rises or as it is rising, depending on your preference. The idea for this is the morning air is still cool, and as you hike, you will warm up. As you warm up, the amount of clothes that you need will be less. The time of day for you hike also depends on how far you are hiking. If you are hiking a few miles, the time may not matter, but if you are going for 5 or 10 miles, then you need to start early.
As with any hike, you need to plan where you are going to do your hike. Many day hikes can be done in a state or national park where the trails already exist and are kept up by the park workers. Some parks even offer guided hikes so you would be hiking with a group. You could always pick up a guide at a local bookseller to find other places to hike if you are looking for an adventure.
What To Bring
As I mentioned before, you need to plan your hike. You’ll need to bring some things with you to use on your hike. The first thing to think about would be the clothes you will be wearing. Since you will be building body heat while hiking, ensure you plan accordingly. For clothing, you’ll need to dress for the conditions that you will be hiking in. Wear hiking shoes or boots, and a hat to protect you from the sun. You may want to bring some sunscreen and insect repellent in case you need it.
The other items that you will need is a backpack and trekking poles if you like to use them. You don’t need a big backpack, just one large enough to carry the items that you will need for your hike. You’ll need to carry water and extra food with you in the event that you need them on the trail. Always have plenty of water to drink along the trail so you don’t get dehydrated. You should also plan for the unexpected, so a first aid kit should also be in your backpack. So, that covers the day hiking tips I have for you today.
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