Easy Ways to Spoil Your Big Nature Hike

*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots. 

If you love your travel, and especially your places of natural beauty, then a hiking holiday has to be on your bucket list. It’s your chance to really step it up (pun intended) and to explore. You get to see a lot more than you usually would on the average vacation. However, it’s not as simple as taking a walk. People underestimate hiking holidays all the time. In particular, by making these three mistakes that can spoil the entire trip.

Not bringing enough food or water

This really can’t be stressed enough. A hike is more than a nice walk. Even the routes fit for novices and children are long and something of a test of endurance. If you’re going out for any trips that take longer than an hour, you should have some snacks prepared so you can stop and replenish your energy reverses on the way.

If you don’t stock up on things like Thermo Boutique thermos water bottles, however, you will we worse than hangry. You will be in real risk of exhaustion and even fainting. Doctors recommend a quart of water an hour, at least, when hiking. Do the math and figure out how much you need to bring with you to avoid dehydration.

Picking the wrong trail

If you’re going alone, or with friends, then the best way to prepare for a hiking holiday is to get fit so that you’re in better condition for more trails. If you’re with a large group or with kids, however, you might need to consider the length, difficulty of terrain, and any hazards like steep drop offs that are better worth avoiding.

The best trails really get in touch with nature, too, so consider paths that take you away from technology and away from too many people. Otherwise, it’s hard to give the trip the focus and attention it deserves. Finally, do try to pick a trail that offers some great views or it might just become a somewhat boring exercise session.

Wearing inadequate gear

This isn’t the time to be fashionable and show off. If you’re going on a hike that lasts longer than an hour, you have to make sure that you have the right equipment for it. For instance, don’t take your old beaten up sneakers. Invest in proper footwear like a pair of Altra hiking boots. Check weather conditions before you head out to start off in the right clothes, but have other options available.

Most importantly, never forget to pack waterproof gear in case the heavens open unexpectedly. You don’t want to overpack, but you don’t want to find yourself unprotected against the elements, either.

The tips above are there to remind you to have fun, to keep comfortable, but most importantly to keep you safe. Do your research on any area that you plan on hiking, memorizing the route as well as taking a map, as well as figuring out the best way to get help if you need it. This will change depending on where you go, but it’s a vital preparation.

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