Did you hear the news? This upcoming Saturday, November 17th, is National Take A Hike Day! Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned hiker, this is a day where fellow wanderers can come together and enjoy all the beauty that nature has to offer. And to ensure you have the best experience possible, we’ve put together 10 tips for a rad adventure on National Take A Hike Day!
#1 - Plan Your Trip Ahead of Time
Although as avid Wanderers we thoroughly enjoy spontaneity, having a plan of action when it comes to exploring new hiking trails is key for a safe and enjoyable experience. So before heading out, be sure to take some time to research the area, trail maps, mileage as well as rules and regulations for the area so that you can pack and prepare accordingly.
#2- Always Bring A First Aid Kit Along
When it comes to outdoor terrain, you never know what kind of obstacles/potential hazards you might encounter along the way. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have a First Aid Kit in your pack that will cover you for minor cuts and more serious emergencies. There are plenty of kits out there that are designed specifically for travel and outdoor activities and they can be purchased at most adventure retail stores and on Amazon.
# 3 - Pack Light With The Essentials
The last thing anyone wants is to be carrying a super heavy pack while trekking through the mountains on a long hike 😉 Which is why it’s important to always pack light with the items that are most important to have on you during your outdoor adventure. These include:
- Plenty of Water
- Energy Boosting Snacks
- First Aid Kit
- Extra Pair of Socks/Shoes (if you suspect you might encounter wetlands or rain along the way)
- Map of the Area
- External Battery Pack Phone Charger
#4 - Be Sure To Dress Appropriately For The Terrain
Because each trail is different, it’s important to do your research before hitting a new spot to ensure that you’re showing up with the right attire/gear for the terrain. For example, on a shorter trail with lighter terrain, it might be appropriate to wear a pair of hiking sneakers. However, a trail that is longer with more advanced terrain will require rugged footwear like hiking boots that offer more support and stability.
#5 - Prepare For ALL Weather Conditions
Mother Nature can be incredibly unpredictable, especially in those parts of the country where it’s common for temperatures and weather patterns to change drastically within just a few hours. That’s why it’s always a good idea to dress in layers as well as water-resistant clothing to make sure that you’re comfortable and protected if you find yourself in the middle of a significant weather shift while wandering outdoors.
#6 - Hike With A Group Of Buds By Your Side
Hiking solo can be an incredible experience. But hitting the trails with some of your best-friends can make any adventure that much more fun and exciting! Not only does hiking in a group make even the most difficult hikes more enjoyable (and more likely to bring about tons of belly laughs) but it’s also a smart choice when it comes to our safety on the trails.
#7 - Bring A Camera Along
Whether you’re working with a DSLR or rocking it with your smartphone in hand, having a camera with you during your hike to capture the beautiful terrain and surroundings is ALWAYS a good idea. There’s nothing like being able to look back at all of the wonderful adventures you’ve had through photographs that allow you to share the story of how you chose to capture a life of adventure over the years with your friends and loved ones. Plus, you never know what you’ll encounter along the way when exploring in the great outdoors!
#8 - Stay Hydrated
Sometimes we can get so immersed in the experience of conquering the trail that we forget to take a moment to refuel and rehydrate. (We’ve been there!) But staying properly hydrated throughout your hike ensures that your body’s joints and muscles are staying lubricated while also keeping you alert and feeling your best as you tackle the terrain ahead of you. A helpful tip to stay on top of your hydration throughout your hike is to set an alarm on your phone to go off every 30-40 minutes to remind you to stop and take some sips of water along the way.
#9 - Pace Yourself
Remember, hiking isn’t meant to be a race. It’s meant to be an enjoyable experience where you can take your time to connect with nature and appreciate all that the beautiful outdoors has to offer. Don’t be afraid to go at your own pace, even when you’re wandering with a group of friends. And most importantly, don’t be afraid to take breaks if you need it. The peak of that mountain will still be just as beautiful whether it takes you 45 minutes or 2-hours to reach the top.
#10 - Respect The Wild and Leave No Trace
This means that anything that goes into the wild with you comes back out. This includes plastic water bottles, unfinished food, protein bar wrappers, bags of dog waste etc. If it wasn’t in the environment to begin with, it’s our duty to make sure it comes back out with us and that we leave no trace behind. This ensures that our parks, trails and all of nature is protected and stays beautiful for years and years to come.
*You can read more about the "Leave No Trace" initiative at www.lnt.org
We hope you’ve found these tips helpful and that they inspire you to grab some buds and head to the trails on Saturday in celebration of National Take A Hike Day! And don’t forget to use #ModishWanderer on Instagram to document your travel adventures for a chance to have your photos featured!
Keep Livin’ That Adventure Life.