Oh man … there’s no better way to satisfy your thirst for travel. To be struck in the midst of nature, to feel the undisturbed earth under one’s feet, and to be the silent observer like every bird, every butterfly, every plant does its job. There is nothing more relaxing and invigorating than that, believe me!
But trekking is also a serious activity. The impact and level of risk you will be exposed to during your hike depends on many factors, including the type of terrain you walk on, the nature of the environment you will be exposed to, and of course your experience as a hiker.
So, if you are a beginner in this world, I suggest you take these basic tips in mind before deciding to take off on a nature trail for some exploration. This will help you reduce the risk factor to a minimum and make the most of your time with nature.
Tip # 1: Know the Trail
You really do not want to end up losing yourself in the middle of nowhere. Anyway, always do your research before starting to discover a new path. There is no universal metric system in the world that would tell you the difficulty level of a trail. This is the beauty of the thing – you never know what you will meet outdoors, in the heart of nature! But there is a difference between being an adventurer and being downright reckless. My suggestion? Talk to local communities, find out about adventurers in the area, or find a trekking operator who can advise you on the best trails. But, at least at beginner level, do not embark on an expedition without any knowledge of the trail.
Tip # 2: Get the equipment.
As I said before, trekking is a serious activity and as such, do not venture into nature without preparation. When it comes to hiking gear, you’ll find carabiners, a rope, a flashlight, spare batteries, rain protection , change of clothes, a first aid kit, a pocket knife , cards, a compass and some croquettes in case you want to eat outside. An adequate supply of water is a must and an energy drink will also be a good thing. Put it away in a sturdy backpack and you’re ready to go. And hey! Do not forget your camera, just in case.
Tip # 3: Dress well
When it comes to shoes, I would always recommend a good pair of hiking shoes as the best choice. Sneakers and flip-flops are acceptable if the path you are heading for is flat, steep and well maintained, but most of all, what you will discover there will be a rugged, rugged and earthy trail that will be totally wild. Anything can hurt your feet, be it a thorn, a leech, an insect, or worse, a snake bite! The rest of your clothing should be comfortable and airy and should not in any way hinder free movement. Cotton tends to be the best fabric to wear during a hike, in my opinion.
Tip # 4: Protect the joints
Downhill trekking can be very hard on your knees and thighs. Strides and jumps that are too long can also hurt your joints and hinder your movements. You may not realize it now, but this carelessness can cost you a lot, in the form of muscle damage and joint pain. Do not rush downhill, take small steps and get on a less inclined road. Remember, you do not do this to show off your hiker skills, you are just here to enjoy nature and have fun. For more tips on how to protect your body while hiking, you can read other articles I wrote.
Tip # 5: Start Short
If you are a novice hiker, I suggest you start short and not overestimate how far you can go.You see, trekking is an activity that can really strain your body in terms of effort, tension and muscle work. The tired feet are the most sensitive to sprains and sprains. In the early stages, I recommend you limit the distance to two miles and increase your stamina from there. As you gain confidence and your stamina improves, you can start making bigger expeditions.
We hope you will have a good time in nature during your first trekking!