Basic Hiking Skills Anyone Can Master

Hiking is really just walking on rough terrain, right? Well, not exactly, there are unspoken rules with hiking in the outdoors.  Things like not being a trail slob would be starters. Try to keep the beautiful nature, just that clean and beautiful.

So, take all trash you bring with you back with you. This means sunflower shells, orange peels, plastic wrappers, everything.  Leaving nature as you found it will help preserve it for generations to come. And, no leaving carvings in the trees or rocks, you get the idea, right?

Nature is a beautiful thing, and we want to keep it that way.  Nobody likes a trail slob. Leaving no mark behind also means for your camping as well.  Make sure that you pick up all your messes.

Keep track of You

Regardless of how many people are hiking or who is going with you, maybe you are going alone, the most important thing is keeping track of your trail.  Know where you are and don’t get lost. This is a key survival skill and should not be left to someone else. And, don’t solely rely on your cell phone, as most cell services aren’t always in the woods.

You will need a compass and map, the very least, and the understanding of how to use the compass. Follow the marked trails if there are any, this will allow you to simply turn around and walk out of the trails.

The Hiker Survival Rule of Three!

As a person, you can go three minutes without air, three days without water, and three weeks or longer without food.

So, keep breathing and make sure you pack enough water. Plan your route so you don’t get lost and you will just need a water bottle or two for the day. However, if you are going into unknown territory you might want to bring more or have a plan on where to find more.

If it’s hot out you will need more than in cooler weather.  The point is, keep enough water around to stay hydrated. When you dehydrate you can lose thoughts and brain functions. This can further get you more lost should you find yourself confused in the woods.  They even have water purification items that you can bring along.

Survival Kits for Hikers

There are essentially 10 things that you should always carry with you if you. These are mostly for those that are hiking in areas that they may not be familiar with. You should take extra clothing, sunglasses, knife, matches or other fire starters, first aid supplies, map, compass, phone, flashlight, extra food and water, and extra clothing. These will come in very handy should you fall into a creek or get lost in the trails.

Keeping yourself warm and hydrated is a must. Essentially, it should include things that will keep you safe and not lost.  Most of these things don’t have to weigh much, they just have to work in a pinch under any weather condition. Remember, you might start off on a warm sunny day, but the wind and rain can pick up in a flash.

Be safe and responsible out there and enjoy the hiking trails! Oh, and don’t forget to stretch before hiking. It’s very important. Read all about it in our article.


I have been camping and going outdoors for over 15 years! My first experience was when I joined the scouts. There I learned a lot. From building a campfire to set up a really big tent. Then I know this is awesome. Around 2005 I also started Geocaching. This is a lot of fun. And every time we go camping we look at the map to see if there are some nice caches around.

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