Are you new to hiking? Are you ready to reap all of the rewards of a more outdoor lifestyle but a little worried you’re not geared up for it?
Do not fear, this blog post is here. In this hiking guide, I am going to take you through 18 hiking tips for beginners and share my favourite hiking essentials with you to get you on your way.
Hiking really isn’t as hard as you may be thinking, it just takes a little extra preparation than your average walk. Hikes tend to be longer in distance, requiring a little more endurance and a little more awareness of what you might need along the way. You can check out my complete guide to hiking for beginners here if you are looking for more information than in this top tips blog post.
If you’re looking for some hike inspiration:
It’s really important to respect other hikers when you’re out and about. By all means, take a little speaker for a picnic but be sure to ask anyone sitting near you if they mind!
You never know who’s scared of dogs or when they may be led in a different direction. I’ve heard some tragic stories about dogs wandering off on hikes so don’t risk letting them off unless you’re familiar with the route and completely trust your dogs’ instincts and training.
Particularly if you’re hiking through the mountains, weather can be unpredictable and so it’s always good to layer up with e.g. a vest, a t-shirt, a jumper and an outer layer. That way you can delayer and relayer as often as necessary! Always bring a waterproof, even if it’s a thin one!
Honestly, it’s one of the most beautiful things about being in the outdoors. Human connection and pure interaction. Many of us use the outdoors for grounding and for gaining perspective and peace from our everyday life and so if you’re feeling the effects of the fresh air, share your energy with others you cross paths with. A smile goes a long way!
Trails are carved out by local authorities and will not only direct you the safest way to your destination but they will reduce the risk of any adverse encounters. It’s always best to follow official paths, particularly as a beginner.
A big bowl of pasta and lots of veggies is a favourite of mine. I keep myself extra hydrated beforehand too.
Save up as much energy as you can and get some decent hours in bed. Not only will it mean you can proceed on your walk in a better mood but it may even mean you’re willing to get up for sunrise and be one of the first hikers out. This is also a great opportunity for amazing hiking photography if you’re an avid photographer / Instagrammer haha!
(You can download Google maps offline.)
Likely chance you have a backpack with you, tuck your rubbish into a pocket / dedicated bag for your rubbish and keep nature looking as gorgeous as it was before you enjoyed it.
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Love as always and happy adventuring,
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