Hello all, Avid hiker how are you? how is going on your hiking or are you just starting out? Comments If you are new or experience hiker to introduce yourself to this hiking loving blog. I love hiking, Hiking is an exciting and fun way to do a favor to your body, getting in shape and build up more stamina. That would make you more confidence, less stressful and boost mood. So, are you planning on a multi-day hike or just one stroll in the park or trail, There are many things to consider or to know before embarking on hiking. There are tons of information online which are not legit or sometimes misleading.
I have read up to 10 articles on hiking tips and find few are them actually share some tips and others are busy on focusing hiking related products. So, after reading this article and hiking over three years in many mountains in South Korea and Taiwan I get to know from experienced hiker, some of the best hiking tips and tricks that you could definitely follow or use on your hiking journey.
You will get to know about 50 hiking tips below, some of them are common and others will help you with your multi-day hiking adventure. Read along and Comments if you have a question or anything you need to know.
1. Always stay on the trail. Where you are hiking with your group or alone? You see the different routes and think let’s hike this trail. Don’t do that you will end up somewhere you did not plan or find it difficult to get back, also you would definitely lose your group member. If in your group has a captain who knows the trail and hiking well, follows him, listens to him and trusts him to lead group.
2. Pack Enough Water. It’s crucial you bring about 2-3 liter water with you. Water will vary on to your hiking duration, Take more water if it’s a long day hike. In summertime always bring extra water, cause you will be sweating which would lead to dehydration. I normally take 1 liter to 3 liters based on my hiking course.
3. Do not go hiking at night. It’s dangerous and risky hiking in the night time. Especially if the trail is unfamiliar and You are hiking alone. Also, At night time hike, pack a headlamp. You are in the dark many things could happen that could make a good moment in really sketchy. Take some extra battery for the headlamp.
4. Always pack Medicine kit or First aid kit. Getting injured in hiking is common. You or your group members could have some major health issues while hiking or get seriously injured that needs primary treatment. In this case, A medical kit is life savings.
5. Don’t pack more stuff in your bag, which is not necessary and make your bag heavier. You won’t be satisfied in the trail with the heavy weighted bag and will take away the enjoyment of hiking. New hikers tend to bring more water and other unnecessary stuff that leads to heavy backpack and make suffer heavily while hiking. They usually can’t finish the track or can’t enjoy the moment. Even a small increase would add up the duration of hiking.
6. Get a pair of comfortable hiking boots. Don’t wear any sneaker, You would end up hurting yourself in the trail. Also, Flat sneakers or flat sports shoes are riskier in hiking, you will often slip. In the rocky section, you can’t balance yourself on flat shoes.
7. Start Hiking early in the morning. There are many benefits starting the hike in the dawn or very early, you will have much more daylight, you would be able to finish the trail before sunset and in the beginning, you won’t be more tired. I love hiking early. There are fewer people in the trail. The environment much more enjoyable, less noisy
and serene. In the popular parks, there are tons of people go hike every day and it’s got overcrowded at the weekend. So avoid the weekend if you can or start way early like at the dawn.
8. Don’t hike slow or be the last one on the trail. On a group hike, it’s important to keep up with the group pace. Your group members will fill more comfy to hike with you and you won’t end up alone. If you get behind from the group and get injured there is nobody to help or hear your yelling. Once, I left way behind my group and get really scared in the jungle. Don’t be that person.
9. Wear well-fitted hiking clothes. Wear by seeing the weather condition, if it’s going to rain pack rain jacket. in wintertime always wear a warm jacket and bring extra warm clothes. In the summertime wear comfy simply sport pants and tee with proper hiking boots to get you going. Choosing quality socks also matter, sometimes it more important that quality shoes on a long day hike.
10. Hike with a group or club. Group hiking is always fun and more enjoyable than hiking alone. you will have people to chat with or helping you to take better photos or even you will meet really cool people who will end up your best buddy. I always find a group or club in the meetup app and join with them at the weekend. They make me more confident and I learned more from the experienced hiker. Meetup really helps to find local popular hiking groups, meeting with new people and making more hiking friends.
11. Pack your backpack with this essential hiking item like Enough water, Medical kit, a headlamp for the night hike, rainproof jacket, compass, pocket knife. Try to bring lees stuff which is not essential.
12. Keep your body hydrated. Beginners hiker always don’t carry enough water and tend to dehydrate. Learning how to keep your body hydrated and how much water you need in your hike is crucial.
13. Carry 10 essential items on your hiking. I wrote an entire article on these topics. read it here 10 Essentials Items For Everyday Hiking. These 10 items are Map and Compass, Rain jacket and pants in rainy weather, First aid medical kit, Fire or lighter, Small pocket knife, Enough nutrias food, Water, and Others.
14. Let your parents or friend know about your hiking plan or when are you going to hike. This is important if something happens to you and you can’t make it home this way your parents would know and will come out for help. Short or multi-day hike, don’t forget to make your closed one inform.
15. Learn how to read a trail map. In every national park, the park ranger information center provides a trail map, which every hiker should collect and read carefully and understand. If you don’t know any symbol meaning or any route simply ask in the information counter they are very helpful and know all about the trails. Also, you could get help from your group members who are more experienced than you.
15. Volunteer to do the Park trail work. When you will hike often and gradually you will become a part of the hiking community. Involving in volunteering work in trail contracting or help hiker know the trail map would make you a precious hiker in the community.
16. Stick to simple and synthetic clothing. Jeans and cotton are not well fitted and won’t keep you warm if you get wet. Make sure to wear comforting clothes depending on the weather.
17. Learn about poisonous plants, insects, and snakes so you will be prepared and can avoid them. also, You can pack medicine to avoid and infection if any of this bits you.
18. If you go hiking in the plain road or hiking a high-vis vest is helpful.
19. For multi-day hiking or short hike always bring toilet paper. You should pack enough for your partners and you. There are people who gone hiking without toilet paper and used socks as an alternative. Don’t be that person and make sure to pack toilet paper in your backpack in advance.
20. In summer seasons, Start your hiking in the morning because you will no tolerate the hottest hours at noon. it will make your hiking uncomfortable and hard. You will sweat more. Drink more water and be strenuous in the trail.
21. Carry your backpack properly in your back. The weight should be proportionally balanced in your back. use the bag ropes to make the backpack as comfortable as you can. It makes your hiking a huge difference.
22. Always carry trash back with you. Don’t trash the trail you hike.
23. Pack sunscreen and hat in hot weather. Bring a big hat that will cover all around your head.
24. Know your hiking route or trail properly. I often see many hiking people overestimate their abilities, get tired or lost in the trail and let the group partners down because you simply can’t complete the trail. Don’t plan on climbing Everest if you just simply can’t climb a rock.
25. Do not rush on hiking, take it slow and go steady. Enjoy the view, Enjoy the moment while hiking. You don’t want to hike fast in begging and slow at the end.
26. Use hiking apps. There are some popular apps on the App Store which you can install on your phone. This app will track your path and the progress in case you get lost in the trail. Some of the popular apps are All trails, map my hike, view ranger, safe365.
27. Pack your hiking poles. They are optional but can help you significantly. Hiking pole helps to hike steadily and when you get down, pole helps a lot. When I don’t bring hiking pole, My ankles get painful in the night.
28. Stretch before embarking the hike. This is so important. When I first started the hike in South Korea with a group called climbing in Korea. They always make every member of the group to stretch for about 10 minutes. It really prepares your body to adjust in hiking.
29. Don’t get behind and left out or At the peak don’t go on a risky rock to take selfies or photos. Many people die every year in the forest. It’s totally unnecessary to go danger place just for fun or take selfies.
30. Join a hiking community. There so many hiking communities in every country. Join one of them to hike together. You could also use meet up apps to find hiking club in specific city which are more popular in that region. Whenever I visit another country I always look for a hiking group to meet up and join them. It’s the best way hiking in unknown territory and meeting new people from different cultures.
31. Take at least five to ten minutes to break every hour. It helps your body to get some rest and reduce the metabolic waste that build-ups in your legs. After taking a few minutes to rest you will feel good. You could also use this time to have some snacks or water. Keep a steady pace and make sure to get rest when you fill so tired and can’t move.
32. Study the trail map properly. Know where to find drinkable water, where you could get some rest or take photos even know the emergency exit if you experience any danger in the trail.
33. Trust your gut feeling if it’s signal something is not right or you would be sick don’t go out, Hiking fun but if you are alone in the trail and something bad happened help would be far away.
34. Pack plenty of washed socks and change often.
35. Bring enough food for the journey. Pack some nutritious peanuts bar or protein bars. Banana or sweet potato are my favorites food. They give you instant energy and delicious to eat.
36. Respect your hike mates. Don’t walk fast or talk loud even don’t listen to loud music. People go hiking for refreshments, get away from the noisy city. Don’t disturb them also feel the hike, feel the wind and view. You will be grateful for being the enormous beauty if you reach a peak and see the view. You will forget the arduous walking to the peak.
37. Don’t go outside from your trail to prevent damaging plants.
38. Pack your camera or mobile. Take some beautiful photos at peak to capture the moment. If you have a DSLR, capture the wide top view from the peak.
39. In hot weather, Soak your sock and put your water bottle in. It will keep your water cold.
40. If you are a beginner or never been to hike, plan a short trip. It will be hard for you to hike the long trail. And by hiking a short trail you could major your hiking capability.
41. Train for night hiking. It’s dangerous hiking in the dark. The uncanny sound of the forest can be freaky. So train first, prepare yourself from a sudden accident that could happen while hiking. When you will hike regularly at night, you will feel the real treat of nature. It’s amazing and mesmerizing.
42. Do some activity at home, or it’s better if you can run well, It will build up the stamina that needs for a long hike about 25 to 30 miles.
43. Balance and Core. Do some squats at home. Squats are best friends for the hiker. It will help to strengthen your core and build up well posture and overall endurance. You could also do plank to strengthening your core.
44. Warm socks are a must if the trek is in Himalaya or in the winter.
45. While taking rest don’t sit. Put your backpack on the ground and stay standing.
46. Follow the group leader, he knows the trail very well then you.
47. Budget your trek and make a checklist of what to buy or bring
48. Pack some survival gear in case of an emergency.
49. Always stretch or do some pre-trek workout to fill pumped for hiking.
50. Share your weights, Follow the leader, No short cuts and bring enough healthy food.
I hope you find this article very helpful. Please, comments if you have further questions. Do follow me on Instagram. Happy hiking.