Going away for a day trip is often enough to refresh and recharge after a busy week. When you don’t have a lot of days left to use up for holiday going away for one day can feel like a real treat. And when you have that day off, one of the best things that you can do is go out and enjoy nature.
Going for a hike (or gentle stroll whichever you prefer) is one of the best ways to enjoy your days off. The fresh air, stunning views, there are endless reasons why you should go hiking – if you haven’t already! Hiking will help you and transform you both physically and mentally. Plus, it’s a great way to fill in the time when you’re not travelling or working…
The weather might be getting cooler and summer might be behind us but there is still ample opportunity to get out and enjoy the outside (you just need to make sure that you are fully prepared for all types of weather). Here are the 5 must haves for a day hike!
1. Wear the Right Walking Boots
When you are planning on going on a hike you need to make sure that your walking boots fit you right. If you’re just bought yourself a new pair, then you need to make sure that you walk them in.
One of the worst things that can happen when you are out in the middle nowhere is get blisters because your shoes don’t fit.
2. Plenty of Food and Water
Having plenty of food and water is essential for any trip – anyone who knows me, knows that I get hangry if not fed when needed (and that is not fun for anyone) – it’s better to bring too much then too little.
Although you don’t want to over stock and find that your bag is too heavy so plan carefully. Bring your favourite snacks, plenty of fluids (you could bring water purifying tablets if you’d rather and remember to drink/eat regularly to avoid getting dehydrated.
3. Navigation Equipment
If you are going anywhere new then you need a map and compass to help you stay on track. Don’t just rely on the compass on your phone – if the battery dies then you’ll be a little bit lost…
Have a plan of where you are walking and double check it over the map before you leave. Look out for landmarks, and make a note of them to help you on your walk. This will help you stay on the right track and not end up in the middle of nowhere.
4. Pack a Waterproof
You might think the weather is sunny, but it can be unpredictable. You don’t want to be stuck at the top of the hill when the heaven’s open and find yourself soaked with miles to walk before you get home.
So pack those waterproofs, make space for them if needs be. You don’t want to have them missing from your backpack, otherwise you’ll regret it and get a very nasty cold if you aren’t careful.
5. Get a Decent Rucksack
There’s no point packing a bag if it’s just going to break on you, so make sure you get a decent rucksack that can carry all your items AND still be comfortable.
If you bag doesn’t fit you properly then you might want to buy a new one. Get it fitted if you can – there are bags that are designed for different body shapes and sizes, so you’ll be sure to find one that is perfect for you.