Warmer temperatures and longer days mean more opportunities to get outside. Whether you’re planning to spend a day outside hiking or planning for a multi-day trip, less is more. This is true while packing and when you’re prepping your body for long hikes.
Prep Your Body
When thinking about preparing your body for long hikes, you need to plan appropriately with the right formula of diet, hydration and exercise to make sure you’re fit for endurance. This means toning your muscles beforehand and making sure you’ve spent time on long walks, preferably while carrying a pack. Think about walking hills and rocky paths before you go. The type of ankle strength and flexibility you need for tough hikes won’t come easily walking on streets and sidewalks.
Take Your Vitamins
As you prep your muscles consider the vitamins and energy you’ll need to sustain you for the long haul. Thinking about things like gut health, muscle support, preventing inflammation and sustaining energy before you leave, will help make sure these are things you don’t need to think about while hiking. That may seem like a lot but formulas like those made by Thrive make it easy to meet all your needs. What is thrive? Le-Vel Thrive is a daily approach to health that uses quality ingredients to help you achieve peak wellness through a tailored lifestyle plan. Thrive uses supplements like Coq10 to give your cells energy and willow bark to beat inflammation.
Bring the Right Food
In addition to prepping your body for a long hike, you’ll need to think about nourishing your body on the hike. Carry protein bars and other snacks that are high in protein and carbs. As a rule, the longer you’ll be outside the more densely packed you’ll want your bars to be. Choose items that won’t melt easily. If you want options that don’t come in bar form, look for snacks that aren’t bulky, like dried fruit and nuts.
Water is even more important than food when hiking. A hydration pack is one of the most important things you’ll need. These packs are typically backpacks with a plastic bladder inside a larger compartment. The compartment that holds the bladder is typically big enough to hold a few extra items, like snacks and a first-aid kit. When choosing a pack, make your choices based on how long you’ll be hiking for, if you’ll have access to drinking water on the way and what the weather will be like while you’re on your hike. Most hikers feel comfortable with a bladder that holds about two liters.
What accessories you take in your pack depends on the length of the hike and the weather as well.
Pack the Right Accessories
Packing a solar charger can be extremely beneficial for overnight journeys. Many include a GPS and flashlight, but if yours does not, pack both of these essentials as well. Items like a first-aid kit, hand sanitizer, cleansing wipes and a compass are also beneficial on any hike.
Wear the Right Clothes
What you wear is very important to think about when hiking too. Dress in layers that are easy to secure on your pack. Choose fabrics that endure snags and dry easily. Try polyester or wicking fabric. A wool outer layer or wool socks can also be beneficial, as wool will go far to keep you warm, even if it becomes wet. Make the right shoe choices as well. Investing in a quality pair of hiking boots that are comfortable and durable is one of the most important things you can do to prepare.
Be Ready for Any Weather
Especially going into spring and summer, look for ways to protect your skin. Pack sunscreen and Chapstick for sport, at least with an SPF of 30. A hat and a rain poncho are always a good idea as well. Nothing is worse than hiking in wet clothes and shoes.
Now that your pack is ready and your body is prepped, it’s time to enjoy the journey!
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