Tip #5: Bring energizing snacks.
To fuel your hike this week, bring along some healthy snacks to keep you nourished and energized. Examples include orange slices, bananas, apples, carrots, peanut butter crackers/sandwiches, protein bars and/or trail mix/nuts.
Tip #4: Hydrate!
Hydration is crucial before, during and after your hike. As you exercise, your body works harder and uses the fluids you take in at a higher rate. Aim for about a half liter of water per hour of moderate activity in moderate temperatures. Avoid caffeine. Take frequent water breaks throughout your hike.
Tip #3: Pack the essentials.
Pack plenty of water (more than you need), food/snacks, first aid kit, insect repellent, sun protection, map, compass, waterproof matches/lighter, a headlamp/flashlight, batteries, extra clothes and your phone. Some hikers bring a GPS tracker or emergency device too.
Tip #2: Put it on your calendar.
Let’s be honest, our schedules can get hectic. Review your upcoming week (or weeks) and figure out the most practical day/s for you or your group to hike, then slot it into your calendar so you’ll make time for it. Check the local weather forecast before setting out on your next hike.
Tip #1: Pick the right trail.
Before you set out on your hike, pick a good trail for your group’s fitness level and familiarize yourself with it ahead of time, understand the terrain, etc. A 5-mile hike on flat ground is different than straight uphill. Pace yourself and start with small, manageable hikes (you can build on it each week). If hiking with a family/kids, take into account age and fitness level. If you’re setting out alone, let others know where you’ll be hiking and when you expect to return.
Check out the map on this page to find a trail near you.