Day hiking is a lot of fun. You can go, enjoy nature and come home to your own bed. However, there are some things that you should consider taking along with you when you are on your day hiking experience. These things will make your day hike more enjoyable and safer as well.
When deciding you are going on a day hike, you will need to determine where you want to hike. There are all kinds of hiking trails around that are nice cleared paths, or you can go it on your own and hike across a forest. If you don’t plan on taking the trail option, you will need a few more things in your day pack. Going off the trail hiking can be really exciting but you need to take precautions to ensure that you are safe. Things like telling a friend where you will be hiking, in case you don’t return by dark. Even experienced hikers have gotten lost and needed some help.
Take a compass
Yes, your phone is a great tool for hiking. But, it is also electronic that can get dropped or broken fairly easily, so don’t rely on just that. You will need to take a compass and map with you. Take note of where you enter and how you plan your day. This will allow you to be safe while hiking. Pay attention to your surroundings as well so that you don’t get turned around. Some of the basics are where the sun is, that is a good indicator of the directions. At noon this isn’t going to help as much but for most of the day, you have it as your guide if it is out. The sun rises in the East and sets in the West.
Also, take a backpack with the essentials in it such as sunblock and bug spray. Don’t forget to pack plenty of water and food that isn’t super heavy is a good idea as well. Wear layers, so that if it gets hotter, you can remove layers but you can also add when its cooler. Also, some wet wipes would be good, in case your hands get dirty before you have time to eat. And, of course, a basic first aid kit just in case. Yes, your phone is a good thing to bring along too. But, be sure you aren’t on it the whole time. Use it to check the time or maybe some photos but otherwise leave it the bag and enjoy your day electronic free! This is a great way to clear your head and get a little exercise at the same time.
Enjoy and Relax
If you are taking a pet along with you on your hike, be sure that you carry along the water for the pet as well. It is important everyone stays hydrated on this adventure. And, enjoy yourself and the freedom from the screens and noise of the world. Take your time to take in the sun and fresh air and all the sounds around you. Relax while you are hiking and enjoy your day.