Hiking and Camping Tips – Don’t Make the Same Mistakes
With summertime comes plenty of hiking and camping. With these tips, you will be ready in no time to hike and camp like a pro. Get prepared now.
Hiking & Camping To understand The Wilderness
Hiking is a wonderful hobby for millions of people. It is great exercise and allows you to train yourself in the art of perseverance in the wild.
No matter whether it is waking to the sounds of birds chirping on a crisp mountain morning or the being lulled to sleep by crickets on a starry night.
Hiking and camping can be one of the nicest ways to really come to understand the wilderness.
You might choose to hike in the mountains or valleys, visiting waterfalls or other famous landmarks and camp in the woods maybe near a river.
Either way, just be certain to properly prepare for both and don’t make the same mistakes I have made in the past
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Solo Backpacking By Erik Normark
Camping and Hiking Tips
Now, once you determine on a specific site and time you are wanting to begin your hike, you will want to plan on what you need to take with you, how much you will need, and probably most important, what you don’t need to bring with you.
Below are just a few simple tips that should prove very helpful.
Selecting The Correct Hiking Gear
Probably one of the first items to consider would be the proper footwear if you are planning on going hiking. The correct fit and comfort are vital for a successful hiking trip.
Based on the location of the hike, you will want to decide the weight, durability, and if you will need them to be waterproof or not.
Where the trail ends and the wilderness begins, that’s where the WILDERNESS TEXAPORE comes into its own. Although very light, it has everything you need in a trekking boot
Remember, you will most likely be encountering uneven and rough terrain, so boot selection needs serious consideration, so do your research.
The ALL TERRAIN PRO is designed to perform on demanding day hikes and makes multi-day lightweight backpacking trips a more enjoyable experience.
In addition to the boots, be sure to bring along extra pairs of good hiking socks. This will not only help avoid you getting blisters but in the event that your socks get wet, it will offer you some dry backup options.
Next on the, ‘what to bring list’, should be a good backpack. Based on the number of days you intend on hiking will largely determine the size and scope of the pack you will need.
If you are camping along your hiking route, then you will need a larger pack that can accommodate not only your clothes, but also your tent and sleeping bag, food and cooking stove/utensils, and water and other necessities.
Carry basecamp worthy loads with skis to boot, or journey beyond the reach of resupplies
If you are hiking during the colder months, you will need to plan for additional winter gear and garments. If it is the rainy season, then proper raingear would be a must.
Avoid The Same Hiking Mistakes I Made
Let’s dive into some of the specifics on what we covered above:
Lightweight Hiking Tents
If you plan on camping through your hike- Get a good quality tent. Be sure to consider the size and quality.
You will want a good rainfly. Don’t make the mistake I made once and get a tent based on how it looked ‘cool’.
You want to function over fashion any day. You also will want a small tarp to place under the tent to help keep the tent floor dry.
This popular tent features a lightweight, all-in-one pitching design which means erecting is simple and efficient. Ideal for when you’re on the go and want to move fast and light.
You can also use this as a rain cover should you get caught in a storm during your hike.
A roll of duct tape and some seam sealer are always good to have should your tent form some leaks or a seam split. I learned that the hard way.
For sleeping at night, a good sleeping bag and a roll to lay it on is a great idea. Be sure to decide on what best fits your needs.
Maximizes the loft of your insulation eliminates cold spots and thermally maps insulation to areas you need the most warmth.
Each bag is rated for various temperature conditions. The pad is to roll out under the sleeping bag to not only provide some comfort but to create another moisture barrier.
If your bag gets wet, it almost impossible to dry it out during your hike.
For cooking food, you will need a small camp stove and something to ignite a fire.
Fast, fuel-efficient personal stove system for solo travelers, minimalist trips and personal meals.
Generally, you want to refrain from starting an open fire as it can be prohibited in many national and state forests.
For the food itself, planning out each meal is key. Bringing items like cereal, powdered milk, granola for breakfast and heat and eat freeze dried meals for lunch and dinners.
Remember that weight is an important consideration, so bringing a lot of canned foods may tend to weigh you down.
Of course, you will need plenty of water and a refillable container that you can use along the way.
Don’t forget the water purification tablets either, again, I learned that the hard way as well.
As for general miscellaneous equipment, a compass, some light rope, a can/bottle opener, a signal mirror, and a first aid kit are very important.
Extra batteries are a great idea as well if you have devices that require them. Just be mindful about the added weight.
Finally, outdoor clothing will need to be considered. If you are changing elevations, the weather can change quickly as well.
What started out in the 70 and 80’s can quickly turn into the 40’s and below, especially as the sunsets.
Don’t get caught without the proper sweaters or blankets. Likewise, in the heat of the day, having a good hat and sunscreen can prevent you from getting too much sun or even dehydrated.
I also strongly recommend a good pair of sunglasses. Yea, you guessed it; I forgot those too.
Get out and Enjoy
Now that you are armed with these basic hiking and camping tips, my hope is that you don’t make the same mistakes that I have made.
If you plan appropriately and are well-equipped, your experience should be safe and enjoyable. So, no more excuses, get out there and take on the great outdoors and have a blast doing it.