Hiking is a great way to get active this fall while checking out the changes of the season and enjoying the crisp fall weather. Take a moment to review these hiking tips before heading out to blaze your trail.
Be sure to choose the appropriate attire.
Getting dressed for a hike involves a little more than choosing your favorite t-shirt. Account for the time of day, length of your hike, and any changes in elevation when choosing clothing. For comfortable hiking in the fall, consider dressing in layers. As you warm up on the trail, you can shed layers. If it cools off late in the day, pull a layer back on.
Also pay careful attention to your shoes. Supportive, well-fitting shoes are a must for hiking. If you spring for a new pair of shoes, don’t rush right out to hike. Shoes and boots should be broken in to avoid blisters and other damage to your feet.
Hiking is more fun when you take a friend, and it’s safer too.
Hiking with at least one companion gives you back-up if there’s an accident on the trail. They can perform first aid and go for help if necessary. Whether alone or in a group, make sure someone at home knows your plans as well. Tell them where you’re hiking and what time you will leave and return. Cell phone coverage can be spotty at best in prime hiking areas, so don’t count on your phone to get you out of a jam.
Take the right supplies.
Even for a short day hike, take a light pack with snacks and plentiful water. Water is the most critical supply, and if you’ve planned a longer hike than you can comfortably carry water, you might choose to invest in purification supplies. Once you’re on the trail, don’t use everything up at once. Save some to get you through the final stretch.
Pull on your boots and gather a group to explore your surroundings. You’ll challenge your body physically and recharge mentally. Get out of here, and take a hike!