Want a good hike to get some fresh air and stretch your legs? What a great idea, it’s as enjoyable as it is healthy!
Before you leave to work your calves, make sure you have everything you need in your backpack to avoid unpleasant surprises.
A day of hiking usually results in changes in temperatures and weather conditions.
If you leave at dawn, you will need to be well covered and thus have a jacket that will protect you from the morning dew and cool temperatures.
In the afternoon, if the sun comes up and warms the atmosphere, you’ll be more comfortable with shorts and will have to set aside your morning jacket.
You will understand, depending on the time of year and the weather of the day, you will have to adapt your clothes for each hike.
How to choose your hiking clothes
Some tips for choosing the right clothes to put in your backpack:
- Take lightweight, versatile materials such as Gore-Tex, which allow you to breathe and are waterproof.
- Bring extra clothes, in case you sweat a lot or get wet.
- Take clothes that you feel good about; you’re going to have them all day on you!
- Put on several layers that you can remove as the temperature warms.
- When you walk for a long time, you sweat and if the temperature drops, it is not only unpleasant, but not recommended to keep your laundry damp.
- Don’t go hiking with new hiking shoes; you have to “break” them at least a week or two before the hike to be sure that they will not hurt your feet.
- Do not take city shoes if you are hiking mountain, the risk of strain is too great.
- Consider bringing a cap, multifunctional collar and sunglasses.
Just because you go on a hike for a single day doesn’t mean you have to neglect the quality of your backpack! Indeed, after a few hours of walking, you will feel the negative effects of a poorly balanced backpack on the body, like straps that hurt for example.
Choose a backpack that is ergonomic, can hold anything you need to bring and is covered with waterproof material in case of rain. A good backpack you can consider is the North Face Surge, it is lightweight, waterproof and provide great features for the price!
Spotting yourself while staying connected
Remember to bring equipment in case you get lost. Whether it’s a GPS, a phone with a GPS app (if the network is available) or a good old paper card. Make the most of it.
You can also download the map of where you are going to walk and view it without being online.
Food and water
In order to keep your energy, you will need to eat during your day of walking.
Bring at least 1.5 to 2 litres of water per person for a full day of walking and enough to take a meal break in the middle of the route. Not to mention snacks (fruit, soft bars…).
The first aid kit
Even if you only leave for half a day, always take a first aid kit with you.
Here are the essentials to have in your kit:
- Enough to make a bandage;
- Sterile gauze compresses;
- A disinfectant/antiseptic;
- Nanny pins;
- Dressings of different sizes;
- Eye drops;
- A needle;
- A pair of scissors;
- Latex gloves;
- Duct tape;
- An antidiarrheal.
Other essentials for hiking
You can also bring these essentials in your backpack:
- Toilet paper;
- Plastic bags (to leave no waste);
- A lighter;
- A cell phone;
- A headlamp;
- A survival blanket;
- A camera;
- A pair of binoculars.