Did you know that June is National Great Outdoors month? If you’re heading out on the trails to take in some of nature’s beauty this June, read on for some tips on how to make the most of your hike!
When heading out for a hike the most important thing to do first is to check the weather. Whether you are an expert or just beginning your hiking career, a clear day is best. Especially for beginners, working around the weather is wise, so you’re not heading out during impending rain or storms. Follow your local weather reports closely to pick the best date for the hike.
When you’re keeping your eyes on the weather, you should also research the area you will be hiking beforehand. Knowing the trail ahead of time will result in less surprises while out in the wilderness. Being prepared for certain turns in a trail or bodies of water along the way is good for planning. Also, knowing where good places to stop and rest can help you stay on pace for the hike.
Along with that, you should always pace yourself while hiking. Knowing the trail ahead of time will help you do so. Having set stops along the way where you can rest, eat, and drink some water are all crucial. It’s also essential to preserve your energy. You do not want to exhaust yourself just in case of any unforeseen emergency. Always remember to rest when you’re tired, not exhausted.
An element that can help with hiker’s fatigue is having enough snacks and water with you. You should bring more snacks than you think. Staying hydrated is very important to success in hiking.
Having the right gear for an outdoor adventure is necessary. Wearing the correct shoes, like hiking boots or trail-appropriate footwear, along with comfortable and appropriate socks, will make all the difference. Dressing in layers and in clothing that will protect you from the elements is helpful. Protection from the sun does not just end with clothing. Don’t forget headwear and basic sunscreen as well.
With all the preparations made, make sure you invite a friend to join you on your hike. It is wise to stick to the buddy system when heading out into nature, but it’s just more fun to take in wonderful moments the outdoors offer, with someone else.
So, charge up your phone, grab your pack, and get ready for an outdoor adventure that is sure to kick start your summer perfectly!