Hiking is one of the most common and easiest ways to experience the outdoors, but it can be a little intimidating if you’ve never done it before. I’ve put this together Beginners guide to hiking So that you can feel confident that you are ready for your day hike and soothe your anxiety or nervousness while hiking.
I’ll show you how to plan your hike and share the important things Daypack.
Plan your day hike
There are several factors to consider when planning your hike as a novice.
- Do I go with a hiking partner or alone?
If you are just starting out, it may be wise to find a hiking partner or friend to accompany you. If you don’t have a willing buddy, MeetUp and Facebook are great places to search for groups of people with similar interests to hike with.
There are groups created for black walkers, Latinx, LGBTQ +, etc. You can definitely find a group that you will be comfortable with.
- What is my physical capacity?
When choosing a path, consider the terrain and realistically assess whether the changes in distance and elevation are within your physical ability.
If you are a beginner, choose something that isn’t too long and that you are sure you can complete. Also, keep in mind if the trail is a loop or if you have to go back the same route.
- Does the trail have any sights?
Hiking can be a little monotonous at times if you choose a trail that doesn’t have any vegetation changes or sights to look forward to.
I love choosing trails that lead to waterfalls, scenic viewpoints, pedestrian bridges, creeks, rivers, etc. When you are tired and having fun doing it, you may be motivated to keep going and finish the hike.
Pro tip: Use the All Trails app to plan your hike. Pictures of the path are shown and sights are listed along the hike. There are also reviews from other hikers.
Listen to the Outdoorsy Diva Podcast Episode: Hiking Tips for Newbies
Day hiking tips for beginners
- Choose the right path for you based on your level of comfort and fitness.
- Familiarize yourself with the trail by looking at maps and doing your research carefully. Download the map or take a screenshot for your phone in case you lose the signal.
- Tell someone where you are hiking. Let them know the name of the trail, the time you want to start your hike, and the time you expect to finish and check in with them.
- Check the weather before your hike and check until just before your embarkation. The weather can change quickly and you want to be prepared for any situation.
- Wear the correct shoes, socks, and equipment. The wrong shoes can ruin your time.
- Dress in layers. You can take off clothes at any time, but not add what you don’t bring with you.
- Carry a light daypack.
- Hydrate before the hike and bring plenty of water.
- Carry snacks.
- Go at your own pace and take breaks if you have to.
- If you’re on your period, you can absolutely still hit the mark. Wear Thinx panties or a Diva Cup are great options that don’t require you to stop and replace a tampon or pad.
Basics of day hiking
Here are some of the things I consider to be day hiking. I know it may seem like a lot of things, but trust me if you need them you will be grateful that you had them.
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