Whether you’re planning to tackle a local trail or a more adventurous hiking expedition like climbing Mount Everest, every hiker can always benefit with some hike hacks and tips that can not only help them achieve their destination but also make for a more enjoyable voyage.
One of the worst fears of every hiker is getting lost. To always make sure you find your way back to camp, use some tape to mark your route as you go. Bonus points if you use biodegradable ones as this means you’re protecting Nature as well!
The Right Clothing
The last thing you’ll want when going hiking is not being dressed properly. It might be during the full sunny summer seasons or the colder ones, but a hiker always know to bring the appropriate outdoor clothing and hiking gears that should improve your hiking experience.
Waterproof Your Gadgets
You definitely do not want to see your mobile phone or any other electrical devices drown in water, so make sure to waterproof them. Wrapping them in plastic or carrying them in plastic bags should help with this situation.
Use All Space
Every space in a backpack is essential for a hiker. Spaces are at a premium in your rucksack so it’s important you take advantage of every last inch. Pack all the way to the corners, and you can even use the outside of your pack for equipment such as tent poles!
One way to save money is to make your own hiking equipment. For instance, when you need to start fire, some cotton balls covered in Vaseline will do the trick (plus they don’t take much space in the backpack), or you can try making your own hiking pole which helps in providing balance and stability. Use an old broom handle and a shoelace and you’ve got your new hiking pole.
Waterproof Your Jacket
One thing that could get in your way is the weather, especially the rain. So it’s important to keep your jacket waterproof. You may use a re-proofing spray to help you with that and you’re sure to always be shielded from the heavy rain.
A Compass Goes a Long Way
Yes, it may look cliché, but every hiker needs a compass. This small non-invasive apparatus will be of great help in aiding you to locate the different directions and where the North and South are. Also, a watch is also a great addition to the small apparatus list as this will help you plan when it will be dark soon and when to set camp for the night.
The Right Footwear
There is no greater mistake than selecting the wrong pair of shoes for your journey. Whether you are going hiking, backpacking, trail running or road running, you need the exact type of shoes that will help you in your mission. Make the right choice from hiking shoes to mountaineering boots as this will definitely help in your travel.
A Bin Bag
As well as being useful for storing your wet clothes, a bin bag also makes a great rucksack cover and even an emergency poncho in the rain! Plus, you can always bring a bin bag specifically to collect the waste or litter you find on your journey. Why not help Nature while enjoying it?
If you ever run out of mosquito repellent (which good luck), look out for an elderberry bush. Crushing the leaves and rubbing them on your body or replacing them inside your clothing is a great way to keep those nuisances at bay and have a good sleep at night.
A First Aid Kit
The first thing on your hiking list should always be a first aid kit. Bring as much important medicines and pills that you can. Always be prepared for the unexpected and plan ahead of time. Some other essentials are plasters, bandages and antiseptic cream.
If you’re worried about weight, try not to fill your backpack with bulky foods like sandwiches. Instead, go for lightweight, high calorie foods such as nuts and beef jerky. Eating light will also make you feel better and faster and you’ll be able to do those climbing and running more efficiently.
Water is Life
Remember that your water supply is also one of the heaviest items you will have to carry. So make sure to drink as much as you can at the nearest water source, plan how far your next source is and carry only what you need to get there.
The Big Three
The last main three things you’ll need are your sleeping bag, a great strong solid backpack, and a tent. All those three things are important for you to make the most of your hike and experience Nature in all of its glory.