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Friday, July 22, 2016

Getting Ready for Your Very First Hike

While many still view hiking as something of a hard-to-reach dream,it is actually one of the most accessible activities that any individual could get into. However, hiking still requires some preparation as a lot could go wrong during the journey. In this post, we’ll discuss a few important things to do before you book a flight, pack up your bags, and conquer your first summit.

Do Your ResearchBefore you zip off to some uncharted territory, take advantage of free online resources and get a better idea of what you’ll be getting yourself into. Are the mountains you want to try out suitable for beginners, and how long will it take to finish those particular hikes? What will you need to bring on your trip? Some hikes have rocky trails that require you to wear thick gloves in order to avoid hurting yourself, while you might want to bring a shawl or a jacket to particularly chilly summits. Make sure that you know where to find stores and public transport terminals, too. If you think you’ll be way too tired after your hike to even consider driving or commuting, you might want to look up hotels in the Philippines that are conveniently located close to popular hiking spots.


Bring Only What You Need
When traveling, people have a tendency to bring way more stuff than they really need on their trip. The same goes for hikers excited to go on their first adventure. However, the difference is that you will definitely need to bring some crucial items along if you’re going to make it through the hike.Bring just enough food and water to last you for the duration of the hike. You can bring a change of clothes, a headlight, a whistle, and just enough money to pay for your transportation, food, and other hiking expenses. If you bring too much stuff with you, you’re going to end up weighing yourself down and getting tired more quickly. You’ll then have to push harder in order to make your way up the trail, but don’t forget: you need to get back down as well.

Exercise Regularly Before the Hike
Take lots of regular walks a couple of weeks before your trip. Spending at least thirty minutes exercising each day will help build up your endurance.Otherwise, you might end up overexerting yourself. You could accidentally pull a muscle or even faint from exhaustion.Make sure to get plenty of rest the night before your hike as well, and don’t skip any of your important meals.You’ll need every ounce of energy in your body in order to make it to the top.

These are but a few of the ways that you can make your hike a much less stressful one. By knowing as much as you can about the area, packing only what is absolutely necessary, and preparing your mind and body for the challenge ahead, you will surely have a much easier time crossing this item off of your bucket list. Good luck, and happy hiking!


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