Different types of outdoor activities require additional preparation. However, there are needs for all hikers and campers and others that are optional depending on your goals and what specific action you are taking, either hiking or camping. When well prepared, you will have a better experience and more fun despite what Mother Nature unleashes. Below are some general tips to help you prepare for the day.
1. Do Your Research
Thanks to Google, getting in tune with nature usually begins on the interwebs, as strange as it might sound. Before choosing a spot on the map, do some quick research. It can save your back, legs, and, generally, your life. Check out sites with nature and hike or camp guides; they will tell you all you need to know about a specific area. You can also talk to friends or coworkers who have done the same activity.
Print out a paper copy of the trail map and any digital maps you download. It would be best if you took the time to familiarize yourself with the trail’s features, including the elevation gains and losses, landmarks, or other tracks that might act as guideposts along the way. If you come across any reviews from recent hikers and campers on the website, read them as they usually note if there are any animal sightings or hazards that happened.
2. Gather Your Gear
You must have well-fit trail runners or boots since they provide more flexibility in the shoe’s sole while protecting your feet from roots and rocks. For intense backpacking or mountain climbing, wear full-on hiking boots with stiffer soles and more ankle and foot cushioning and support. You can always seek out an expert’s opinion regarding fit. For camping, you must ensure your tent is in good condition and all your bedding is intact.
3. Do The Legwork
It is essential to get in shape for hiking and prepare your body for moving in a specific way, as with any physical activity. Pick a hike that is appropriate for your fitness level and experience. A simple option is to set out on foot while running your regular errands. Focus on workouts that boost leg and core strength. You will be ready for the woods when you can walk the estimated hike distance. Slowly work your way into steeper, more challenging, and more technical hikes.
4. Pack The Essentials
Carrying the necessary and standard items that have been around since the early 1900s. They include navigation, e.g., compass GPS, and a good map to help you stay on the right trail. Pack a flashlight or headlamp and ensure it has fully charged batteries before leaving the house. Carry your first aid kit with all your supplies since everyone has different medical needs.
5. Check The Weather
This will help you prepare and modify your plans accordingly. Even if you check the weather report a few days earlier, recheck it the morning you are bound to leave. Please tell a park ranger about the day’s weather to play it safe.
6. Read Up On Local Regulations
In most places, there are rules and regulations to protect the environment and ensure all users have a good experience. Check the park websites and determine if you require a reservation, permit, or park pass. Find out if any areas are closed and if campfires are allowed.