How to Prepare for a Safe and Enjoyable Hike in the Mountains

We have several tips for beginners on hiking. They will keep you safe and you will enjoy your trip a lot more. Let’s begin

Pick a path suitable for you experience

This way you won’t have unexpected surprises, it’s very important to judge your physical preparedness right. Don’t overrate yourself. Start with shorter routes and paths with easy climbs. You can gradually increase the complexity. In the beginning, it is better to have someone with you that has more experience than you so you can learn a lot of practical advice and tips. Travel companies which organize hiking and trekking trips are also a good and fun way to improve your skills.

Comfortable shoes are another very important thing to consider. They will provide the necessary grip and comfort and will protect your ankles as well. When you choose your pair get one with solid soil, good grip, quality rubber. If this is your first pair don’t buy them from an online store. Pick it from a store near you because its really important to fit you perfectly.

Additional equipment – what clothes to prepare for hiking

Wear light and breathable clothes.

Most important again is to feel comfortable and the clothes need to take off and take on easy, during your transition.  Remember the weather can change every 5 minutes.

It’s advisable to bring a waterproof top as well. Always prepare yourself for the worst weather conditions. And especially when you’re going to hike somewhere above 1500m above sea level, weather can change really fast, from a sunny day into clouds and rain.

Bring a comfortable backpack

Choose one that fits your body shape. Make sure your straps don’t rub your chest, back or shoulders and have padding. It is preferable that the back of the backpack is of breathable material.

A properly selected backpack allows for free movement and does not swing on your back or tire your waist

Carry only the necessary items

For starters, carry small and light luggage. The main task is to cope with the transition. If you are more people you can distribute your luggage. Carry the food in bags rather than heavy and bulky boxes. Depending on how long and how high your trip will be, think of how many meals you’ll need and how much clothes you need to stay warm.

Bring food that is high on calories such as nuts and chocolate keep an eye on how much water you need, refill your bottles if needed at the next spring. Food needs to be with high protein content.

Eat and drink water

This is your fuel! Take more than you need! If you will stay for a long time in the mountain.

Map orientation when hiking is important

Start with easy and marked routes. Bring an up-to-date map with you. Don’t rely on GPS or phone. The lack of a battery may surprise you badly. the best way to lose yourself is to know exactly where you are. So simply research the area you’ll hike through beforehand and know the main milestones.

Don’t rush it. Take it easy and enjoy the journey

It doesn’t matter how fast you go or how tough you are. Start slowly and try to find the rhythm of your walking. if one of the group walks too fast ask him to slow down. Make more frequent breaks, drink water and take off your backpack. This will make the transition even more enjoyable.

Safety first

Always tell a friend or relative where and how long you are going. Bring a first aid kit. Also a knife and something that can ignite a fire. For longer hikes, take painkillers, bandages, gauze and backdrops. Take whistle with you if you need to call someone to help you. A whistle can save your life.