The spring season is the perfect time to go hiking. For us avid hikers, or beginners, the spring season welcomes a variety of hikes that showcase the beauty of the outdoors. There are so many reasons why people love to hike, including the exercise, the extraordinary views, the thrill of the adventure, or even just for a good selfie. No matter what the reason is, it’s important to stay healthy and safe while hiking. We’ve compiled a few of our favorite go-to tips when hiking.
Hike with a Friend:
Why is it important to hike with a friend? Well, first off, they provide nice company. According to Avnture, hiking can build stronger friendships as you must work together to navigate your route and problem solve if challenges occur. It’s also safer. There are always dangers of hiking, no matter the trail. Having someone by your side can help you in dangerous situations, whether it’s calling for help or helping make a noise to scare wildlife.
Share Your Location:
A former USAF Survival Instructor says one of the most important safety actions someone should take when hiking is communicating to a friend or family member. If injured, this drastically improves your chance of being found quickly.
We also strongly recommend downloading offline maps. Nomads with a Purpose, provides instructions on how to download a Google Map to help ensure you know your route, even when you’re offline.
Bring a First-Aid Kit:
Washington Trails Association states that one of the ten essentials to bring when hiking is a first aid kit. Each kit should vary depending on the medical conditions of the hikers in the party and the area you are hiking in. Even if it’s considered an easier trail, a first-aid kit is essential.
Take Some Snacks:
Hiking burns a ton of calories, which is why it’s important to make sure you pack healthy snacks to keep your energy up on the trail. Even if you’re hiking for just the day, it’s important to bring snacks to help energize your body. Fresh Off the Grid provided a few healthy treats that will keep you going through that last mile.
Whether you’re an avid hiker or just starting off, remember to stay hydrated. According to The Hiking Life, it’s important to factor in the climate, your level of exertion, and individual needs. For example, if it’s hot and/or humid conditions, one liter per hour is generally recommended. Adventure Medical Kits adds that staying hydrated is especially important for senior hikers who, on average, have 10 percent less fluid in their bodies than younger adults. Seniors also experience a diminished sense of thirst, which may lead to a reduced fluid intake, making them more susceptible to dehydration.
Just remember, even for those beginner hikes, water is essential. Fill up your Glasstic and go explore!
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