Hiking for beginners or experienced hikers, is not only a fun way to work-out, it’s also an  amazing way to immerse yourself in the the great outdoors. Hiking should always be enjoyable and match your skill level. Now you can discover the beauty of nature at whatever pace you’re comfortable with. With a little pre-planning and preparation, it’s an activity that almost anyone can do.

If you’ve dreamed of hiking on a trail, but have yet to try it, it’s time to get out there. Read some of these steps:
1. Choose a Hiking Buddy
2. Choose a Hiking Route
3. Gear up properly
4. Learn more hiking tips

Whether you plan on being out for a few hours on a short day trip or a lengthy weekend hike, it’s very important to pack the essentials. You should pack to stay safe in the outdoors, regardless of the duration. Depending on your hiking route, this list can be tailored.

Here are the 10 essentials:
-Navigation (map & compass)
-Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
-Insulation (extra clothing)
-Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
-First-aid supplies
-Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
-Repair kit and tools
-Nutrition (extra food)
-Hydration (extra water)
-Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)

Hiking for some beginners can be intimidating, but with all the tips and essential steps in this article, there’s really not much to it. With hiking there really aren’t any special skills that will require you to do some training; you just have to be able to walk and know where you are and where you want to go. If you are a beginner just starting out on the hiking trail, remember don’t over due it.

Staying safe while enjoying nature and all the adventures it has to offer is priority. Happy Trails!!