Tips For Hiking In Hot Climates

June 11, 2015

A few days of relaxation on the beach is a great way to recharge the batteries, but many of us seek more from our holidays. After all, there is a big world to explore out there and you will not see much of it parked up on the sun lounger — as nice as that is too!

Hiking trips are a brilliant way to see more of the world, whether it is the historic sites of the American west or climbing one of the planet’s most gruelling mountains. Exploring the globe will broaden your mind and create a whole lifetime of memories in the process.

However, there are a few potential dangers with these types of holiday adventures. Failing to prepare is preparation to fail. Take these precautions to ensure your trip stays safe and fun.

The Right Footwear

Shopping for a new outfit is one of the most exciting things about the entire holiday. If you are planning on a trek, the most important item you must buy is appropriate footwear.

A sturdy pair of good quality hiking shoes or boots is an absolute essential for the adventure traveler. Trust us, investing smartly here will make the holiday far more enjoyable. There is nothing worse than picking up injuries through a lack of support.

As well as the boots, you want to make sure you have the right pair of socks. Avoid moisture soaking cotton as they encourage blisters. Instead, go for a synthetic option like polyester. If your feet are happy, you will be in far greater spirits too.

The Right Precautions

If you are going on a hiking trip, then there is a strong possibility that you will be carrying a rucksack. Make the most of it!

A map and torch are always good ideas, whilst the overnight trekkers will probably have some sort of tent or hammock. Perhaps the most important accessory to take, though, is a suitable first aid kit. Building one suited to your trip is vital.

Hopefully, you will not need to use, it but if you do then you will definitely want the right items. Make sure to get some sunblock too.

The Right Hydration

Fuelling your body with the right things is important at any time, but especially when hiking.

Food gels, cereal bars, and other small items that release quick energy are great additions to your snack box. The priority though should always be water. Without the right hydration, this enjoyable challenge will become an unbearable torture.

Similarly, the heat will make you perspire. Sweatbands for sudorra are a small comfort that will go a long way in those hot, sticky conditions. Take it from us, those tiny luxury items can make all the difference between a great holiday and a nightmare.

The Right Company

This final point might be a little tongue in cheek, but it is actually quite true. If you are going to spend hours walking through testing terrains and conditions then make sure it is someone you can tolerate being around.

The last thing you want is a murder case on your hands!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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