How To: Hiking Tips

WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR HIKE

Water: Staying hydrated is a must. When a hiker gets dehydrated, it can lead to dizziness, lethargy and poor decision making. Bring at least one quart of water per person for every two hours you expect to be gone. 


Food: Bring a snack. Hiking is exercise, and hikers get fatigued as the day wears on. Take food that is high in protein and carbohydrates like KIND Healthy Grains Bars. The protein keeps people feeling fuller longer; the carbohydrates are easier for the body to burn right away. Pre-packaged protein bars or nuts are a great snack.


Sun Protection: Sunburn can lead to skin cancer. All hikers should use protection such as sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat with a brim. Bring along extra and if your out longer than a couple hours re-apply it.


First Aid Kit: When hiking on a dirt trail, injuries from fall are possible. If your allergic to something you may encounter bring your epi-pen or antidote for it. Bring at least a small first aid kit, with alcohol swabs, bandages and gauze.


Tools: Having a tool such as a Swiss army knife can be useful. A roll of duct tape is wise. Duct tape can be used to patch backpack tears or shoe issues. Always bring some type of self-protection. If you don't have a permit to conceal carry bring a knife or something similar.


Flashlight: Remember to hike during the day; but if the hike is long, trail visibility is important. No one likes to be in the dark.


Emergency Shelter: Bring a tarp in case the weather changes and shelter from the elements becomes necessary. Especially if your hiking in a place where the weather is unpredictable.


An Extra Layer: Having at least a sweater or windbreaker can make a hike more comfortable. Personally I love to layer and I'm a huge fan of vests


Navigation Equipment: A map and compass are vital. A GPS unit may also be a wise investment. 
Toilet Paper and Trowel: It’s always best to be prepared if nature calls. I always pack wet wipes in a plastic sealed baggy. 


A Charged Cell Phone: You never want to be in a situation where you need help and have no way to call for assistance.  Bring a cell phone charger!

Don't forget to always tell someone where your planning to go hike and when you'll return.

Most of Have Fun in the Great Outdoors!

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