The Best Tips For Planning A Hike

April 24, 2020

A hiking adventure is a great way to have a holiday that is full of positive energy. You will be working on your health, your endurance, your knowledge of nature, and your relationships; all the while you will be feeling the relaxation of a vacation miles away from all your everyday concerns. Choose to have an experience you will never forget!

Choose Your Trail

There are thousands of different trails for you to choose from. You have the whole country to look at, but it is best to choose somewhere where you are likely to see something new or have an experience you would not have otherwise had. If you choose somewhere like San Diego, California then there will be many things for you to look out for. Look out for new geological structures and flora and fauna that you have never seen before! You should also spot wildlife during you hikes in San Diego, as there are various species of eagles and hawks, there are ravens, and there are deer and elk. If you choose the right path, you can increase the chances that you will see something memorable.

Choose Your Season

Hiking is not just a summer activity, although if you are an inexperienced hiker or you have young children, then you should not choose a winter hike that is too challenging. Bear in mind the slopes and altitudes, and the likelihood of snowfall in the region. Most national parks with frequented trails will have a website that contains much of this information, so you can check it out beforehand.

Choose Your Equipment

Bear in mind that the season will affect the equipment you need to bring. If you are going in winter, then you need to bring waterproof boots, a good quality coat, gloves, and some extra safety equipment — some survival blankets and a flare gun would not go amiss. In the summer, you need to focus on getting lightweight gear and clothes that let your skin breathe. You will need sunglasses and your safety equipment should contain sunscreen, after sun, and treatment for insect bites. Whatever the season, make sure you have a map, a compass, and a whistle (even if you are a confident hiker).

Choose Your Hotel

It is great to hike; the best part of it is that you will be out there facing the extremes, but this only increases the need for a cosy place to sleep at the end of the day. Check for the right hotel before you leave, so that you will not have to be looking for a place when you are exhausted. A hotel will allow you to be able to fully charge your batteries ready for each day of experiences. Choose somewhere close to the hikes, where you can get straight out into the wild as soon as you wake up.

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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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