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6 Essential Hiking Tips

Older Couple Resting During Hike with BackpacksHiking is a fun outdoor adventure you can do while staying in Palma Ceia. Going on a hike can reduce your stress levels and improve your physical fitness. These are some of the physical and psychological benefits of hiking. Planning is very important because a trek is more fun when you are prepared for the unexpected. But if this is your first time to go hiking, there are some things you need to keep in mind before your venture out. These hiking tips will help you make the most of your hike.

Tip #1: Choose the Right Trail

Pick a relatively easy trail if this is your first hike or if it’s been a while since your last. This will make your first time out a lot of fun! If you are used to taking walks on a flat surface, a hike that is a bit shorter than your usual distance would be best. Also, pick a hike without any abrupt elevation changes. Steep inclines can be difficult to manage for an inexperienced hiker.

Tip #2: Pack the Right Gear

A common mistake among beginning hikers is bringing the wrong gear. Being safe and hydrated on your hike means wearing light, moisture-wicking clothing that covers your arms and legs. Appropriate clothing helps prevent sunburns and insect bites, as well as protect you from scrapes and scratches. It is also important that you wear a good pair of sneakers or hiking boots, and always bring a hat! Bring a backpack with snacks, extra layers of clothing, and twice the amount of water you think you’ll need. There are about ten essential items a hiker must always have with him.

Tip #3: Bring a Map

Getting lost can quickly turn your happy hiking trip into a bad one. You should check that you have a map or a GPS device of the area you will be hiking through. It is important that you orient yourself with the map and to the location before you begin your hike. If the hiking trail is marked, stay on the course. You can also use your phone or another device as a map. Remember to bring along an extra battery. Putting your phone in airplane mode also helps keep the battery’s charge last longer.

Tip #4: Time Your Hike Right

Many hikers begin trekking early in the morning. High daytime temperatures may negatively affect your hiking experience. To make your hike a safe one, check the local weather reports and plan the timing of your trek. Be conservative with your estimates – hiking is not a race. If you feel you are overexerting yourself, you might not be hiking at a comfortable pace. Slow down and save your energy so you can enjoy and complete the trek.

Tip #5: Use Good Hiking Etiquette

Your day on a busy trail will be more pleasant if you follow basic hiking etiquette rules. Hikers going uphill always have the right of way. Give way to bikes and horses. Politely say hello to other hikers and keep your voices down when hiking with friends. Keep your dog leashed for the duration of the hike. Carry all of your trash. Granola bar wrappers, empty water bottles, and so on should never be left on the trail.

Tip #6: Use the Buddy System

The last of our hiking tips is to take someone with you on your hike, just in case you have an emergency. If you will hike alone, leave your itinerary with someone who knows when to expect you back. This information will be very useful if ever you happen to get lost.

Follow these simple hiking tips, so you can enjoy a safe hike.

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