Hiking is considered a good recreational activity by people because of a number of reasons. Most importantly it’s a healthy activity due to the physical fitness aspect involved. You are likely to be climbing rocks, running down a hill or evading obstacles along the way, all of which are good for your health. Hiking is also quite affordable and does not put huge financial strains on our pockets. All you need are a few items, a good location and, you are set to go. Staying with the topic of items required, what are the most important equipment that hikers should have to ensure their adventure is safe, fruitful and entertaining?
The first item which is overlooked by hikers is the first aid tool kit. Hiking involves a good amount of strenuous physical activities, some of which may unintentionally lead to injuries or someone being hurt. Considering that the preferred destination for many hikers is hilly places or in forests, it may be difficult to get first aid should any of your colleagues require treatment. An efficient first aid tool kit should contain clean disinfectants as well as enough bandages among other items. Having these will eliminate panic if anyone gets injured. In addition, at least one person in your company has to know how to effectively perform first aid and use the kit.
Before embarking on your adventurous activity, it’s advisable to know whether any of your friends have a health complication. Take for example a person who is suffering from asthma. Having knowledge of their condition will enable you to know what kinds of activities to engage them in and which ones to exclude them from. Being informed on this can come in handy in that if anything unfortunate happens, you will know how to handle the situation plus help them much quicker. In addition, some of your colleagues may have minor recurring health issues such as nose bleeding. Prior knowledge helps in dealing with the problems faster and more easily.
The importance of water during any physical undertaking can never be stressed enough. Similarly, enough of it has to be available to you throughout your trip. Your body is likely to lose water through dehydration caused by sweating and the last thing you need is to run out of clean drinking water. Carry a large suitable container, preferably one that can keep the water cold at all times since cold water is rich in oxygen. Food will also come in handy since you will need all the energy you can gather throughout your trip. Simple foods like fruits are applicable here bearing in mind that they are easy to carry and walk around with. They are environment-friendly as well since they will decompose when you dispose of them.
Knowing what weather to expect on the day of your hike is equally vital. This will help in the preparation process, meaning you will only carry things that are required and avoid bulk. Remember that the goal is to carry as little as possible so that your backpack does not weigh you down or tire you. If the weather is expected to be warm, you can put on light clothes and equally lighter shoes which will increase your mobility. Similarly, if the weather is expected to get colder later on, you can carry the necessary clothes such as a jacket and gloves to combat the same. An umbrella might help should there be rain or light showers during your trip. Knowing the expected weather will help in planning for the kind of activities ahead of the hike.
Another major factor that must never be undermined is your safety during the trip. Anything unfortunate might happen and since you are far from home, it’s advisable to always keep your phone on. This way, you can quickly reach out for help if need be. A power bank should never be left behind just in case your phone runs out of battery. Of equal importance is the company you go hiking with. You have to be in safe company that is reliable and known to you. Going on a hike with strangers or people you know little about can be dangerous. Having considered all these, it’s time to take a hike to that place you’ve always desired!