Organizing a hiking trip is quite the challenge. Whether you’re going up a mountain, or blazing new trails in the forest, you will need to do quite a bit of preparation to make sure the trip goes smoothly. Unexpected weather conditions and delays along the hike can put your whole party at risk, so don’t leave the hike up to chance, and prepare to face the elements with our packing tips.
Planning your route
In case you were going to improvise the hike, it is always best to map out your route beforehand. Even a carefully planned adventure can go awry, but when you leave it all up to chance, you may quickly find yourself lost and lacking vital supplies and guidance. Have a map of your route clearly marked out; and familiarize yourself with the territory around it, in case you veer off track. Check out any shelter and pit stops in the area in case you need them, and know how to contact local first aid, with or without a phone signal.
Dressing for a hike
You may be going in summer, but it can get cold quickly in a tent at night. Bring a warm woolly sweater, thermal underwear, and good lightweight rain gear to protect you from the elements. You’ll want some good sports gear – the kind you usually wear to the gym – to get you through a warm day of walking. Shoes with good soles and ankle support are essential if you’re going on a mountain hike, and it’s a great idea to waterproof them a day or two before you go. A few changes of socks is an often overlooked, but essential part of a good hiking wardrobe!
Food and drink
Keep it simple with cheap food that doesn’t go off and cooks fast. Dried meats, couscous, flatbread and tinned foods are all good choices for the long haul. You’ll also want to bring plenty of water, and water purifying tablets, in case you need to drink from a natural stream. All the equipment you’ll need is a kettle, a small pot, and fire lighting implements. Don’t forget to check whether camping and lighting fires is permitted in the area, and where your best options are for doing so.
The little things
Depending on your trip’s duration and difficulty level, you may want to bring walking sticks, which make it significantly easier to travel long distances. Necessary items include tissues, swiss knives, and flashlights with spare batteries. Duct tape may also come in handy, and don’t forget some wet wipes and disinfectant – and definitely a first aid kit.
In conclusion, we hope you enjoy your trip, be prepared, and make many great memories in the great outdoors!