Hiking is one of the premier RVing outdoor activities for a reason; each hike is different, versatile with something new to see and new things to experience. However, the novice hiker can easily find him or herself being out-maneuvered by the great outdoors if one doesn’t come prepared. Fatigue, hunger, thirst, heat exhaustion; all of these and more are very real adversaries out in the open wilderness. If you want the tools in your utility belt to combat these foes, there are a few tips, tricks, and tactics that you should use.
- Hike in a group- there is much to be said about solitude in the wilderness, but when on a major hike, safety should come first. As the old saying goes, there is power in numbers. What you may forget, someone else could remember, which can potentially be life-saving on the more treacherous paths.
- Plan the hike as well as possible- spontaneity is good for lighter hikes, but if you are going on a major trek, you will want to make sure you know exactly where you are going.
- Drink, drink, drink- Keep hydrated! This cannot be said enough. Dehydration is one of the biggest threats on long treks. It can lead to many issues, so make sure you have the water you need, or at least that you know how to find it.
- Reduce weight- long hikes require lots of water and food, but try not to bring too much fluff on the hike. The extra weight can slow you down when you are in the heat of the day.
- Mark your trail- if you are not following a map of GPS, you will want to know where you have been to figure out where you are going. Bring biodegradable materials to leave behind so that you can remember where you’ve been.
- Bring emergency gear- first aid kit, extra rope or para-cord, emergency rations; these are the kinds of things you will want to fill your pack with, if you have the space.
- Use sunscreen- nothing will break down your trip faster than a bad burn. Sunscreen will ward off the sun and keep you comfortable.
Make sure that you follow the basic rules of hiking when you plot your next trip. These tips will help you stay comfortable as well as have a good time on one of these awesome outdoor activities. Because, the first rule — above all others — is to have fun!
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