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By:    On: 2013-07-29

Still thinking of an excellent way to spend a day outside and a fulfilling way to get a work out? Why not try hiking?

Hiking is a great way to explore nature and wildlife. You will enjoy seeing the beautiful places, as well as, enhancing your knowledge too. Imagine the excitement from hunting, mountaineering and survival experience. It’s a great way to get away from a stressful life and to feel t pure peace while drifting into the wild.

Before you go hiking, be sure you are ready. For first time hikers, a list of important preparations is helpful, so here are some tips to get you ready.

  1. Sleep early to start the day fresh and early. It’s important that you get your body conditioned and ready for a new day of adventure. Also, you don’t want to start your day late. Always remember that time is precious, it’s so precious that you don’t want to miss anything.
  2. Pack lighter. It’s just as simple as the less you carry the faster and easier you can go but don’t forget to bring the essentials especially food, water, spare clothes and other stuff you will use.
  3. You need food and water especially on warmer days. Make a plan on how long your hike will take and the amount of food and water you should bring. Don’t forget to bring those extra energy bars to keep you going.
  4. Wear and bring the right clothing. The most important thing to remember is to wear good boots.
  5. It is also important to check the weather before you go. That way you know what to wear, how much water you will need, and what to expect.
  6. Always bring a first aid kit, a flashlight and a lighter, but equally important know how to use each. Make sure you have essential items in your kit such as bandages, antibiotic cream, alcohol wipes, shoe string or similar to use as a tourniquet, large gauze pads, maybe something for a headache, allergies, etc. Also if your on any medications it would be wise to carry some of it with you, but remember by law it has to be in the prescription bottle. Additionally, try to be familiar with your local poisonous plants and know what they look like to prevent exposure.
  7. If your not really good with directions, make sure you bring a map and compass with you. If needed take a class to learn how to use them.
  8. Make sure someone, who is not with you, knows where your going and when you will be back. That way they can sound the alarm if you don't check in when your suppose to.

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