Getting outdoors to hike and explore is one of the best ways you can spend your time, especially when there are so many physical and mental benefits. Today we are gonna look at a guide to hiking and exploring and all the things to consider as a woman when exercising and getting outdoors. From waterproof winter pants to non-stick sunscreen – you want to remember everything so read on for our comprehensive guide! Whether you are new to hiking or a seasoned explorer, let’s cover those things you must know so you can put on your boots and get started.
When you start to exercise outside by hiking and exploring you might be tempted to just put on yoga pants and an old jumper rather than buying something new. This might actually do you a disservice because you need to find material that is durable enough to protect you from the elements and any potential threats. In the same way, your outdoor jumpers, jackets, hats and boots need to be made from tougher material. You want to be seeking the same materials for your hiking kit, so make sure you choose something lightweight, waterproof and full coverage. It’s also an idea to choose attire in a bright colour that will stand out.
We can’t talk about outdoor attire without mentioning how important it is to have the right shoes. Sneakers might look great and you may have a bunch of pairs available but you really want to be looking for hiking boots as they have the souls that are designed to grip onto a range of different surfaces in the rain.
Staying safe when you’re outdoors is absolutely paramount. There are basic things you can do like packing a first aid kit, as well as more methodical things like bringing a digital and paper map, telling people where you’re going, researching the area thoroughly and any other precautions that are relevant to your hiking trip. It’s also wise to have a buddy when you are traversing the outdoors, as unfortunately more threats exist for women. Weather is another often underestimated threat, and so you want to be quite strategic with what you pack in your hiking pack so you have the right tools and equipment to face all weather types.
Turn it into a getaway
Who says you have to only enjoy hiking and exploring for one day? This might be a great excuse to get together with your girlfriends, sisters or your inner circle and turn your outdoor adventures into a weekend or extended break. Most holiday destinations have outdoor landmarks close by so you can either choose a destination and find a place to explore, or find a hiking trail and then see what hotels and accommodation are close by. Depending on how hardcore you’re going to go with your hiking holiday and exploring, you might even be able to schedule some spa time to relax and recover from your outdoor ordeal with the girls.
Make it enjoyable and comfortable
Now that we have discussed the importance of safety and attire, let’s cover all those extra things you can do to make the trip more enjoyable and comfortable. Consider things like outdoor sports sunglasses, light and comfortable mattresses, long-wearing sunscreen, slow energy-releasing snacks and anything else that is going to make a day or days outdoors more manageable. You might also want to bring a camera so you can capture these fun moments with the girls to look back on in years to come. You also don’t want to forget the heights you reached and the views that made it all worth it!
We hope you feel ready for your upcoming hiking trip. With each adventure outdoors, you’ll learn something new that will make the next hike a little easier. So start exploring!