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Hiking: 15 Best Practices

Updated: Feb 26

When you’re vacationing near so many miles of trails it is tempting to want to just head out with a bottle of water and a granola bar. Experienced hikers have learned that even the most blissful sunny day can turn into an ordeal that will make you want to swear off nature for lack of preparation.

Here are 15 tips that will make you an equipped hiker, if not an experienced one.

  1. Tell someone where you’re going, even if it is an easy trail.

  2. Don’t assume you’ll have cell phone service.

  3. Don’t assume the physical demands of hiking are the same as the gym.

  4. Don’t under estimate the amount of time needed to finish.

  5. Start your hike early in the day.

  6. Don’t underestimate the weather.

  7. Stay away from flood areas when it is raining.

  8. Let your head, not your ego, decide when to turn back.

  9. Bring a minimum of 1 liter of water for every two hours of hiking.

  10. For early morning hikes, pack everything the night before.

  11. Research all hikes prior, even the easier ones.

  12. Abide by the “Leave no trace” rules.

  13. Bring the 10 Essentials.

  14. Be courteous to other hikers, wildlife, plants and ecosystems.

  15. Down load a map of the trail on your phone before you leave.

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