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A Guide to “Preparing for your First Hike in USA”

A Guide to “Preparing for your First Hike in USA”

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No matter on which part of the U.S we live, one thing we always do is go out and explore things. Meet people, do exciting stuff and have loads of fun. But have you ever thought about going on hiking? Well there are plenty of options for hiking in the USA. apart from spending your weekend partying out drinking and bar hopping. I personally feel this is the best option to keep yourself connected with energy and nature, exploring new places and have a great time with your friends and family. Speaking from personal experience there is nothing better about summer than going for a hike. It's like bracing summer with blood pumping and senses filled with full on nature.


If this is your first-time hiking then I suggest taking a small target and trail somewhere local would be really helpful, as for the first time hiker we want you to have fun with caution. 


Before going on any hike, the first thing you need to do is decide the location and do a deep research about it. There are a number of hiking clubs and groups you can join (there’s on homeis too), also there are plenty of camping hiking sites, all you need to do is to check the facilities they are offering. All these camping sites offer the place which you need to book in advance. You need to give them the exact head counts, check if they are offering tents and sleeping bag supplies. In case they don't, you need to carry with you. There are plenty of tents available in the market depending on the size and your need whichever suits you. Buy or rent them with sleeping bags. 

Installing a tent is not rocket science. It’s very easy as the tents come with installation guide. There are many videos available online for your quick reference. Just go through it before going on your hiking trip. 

Below is a checklist that you should create while planning your hike:


1. MAKE A GEAR LIST

Even if you are going for a shorter trip, there are certain important things you need to keep in your checklist. These are the must have things: 

  • Hiking shoes
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Backpacks
  • tent and sleeping bags as mentioned earlier,
  • stove and fuel few kitchen supplies, 
  • plenty of food and power bars, 
  • water bottles,
  • Emergency and hygiene supplies, 
  • Small repair kit flashlight with extra battery and 
  • Pocket-knife. 

Please note that you won’t need all the items for every hike. But this is the entire list. Depending upon the difficulty level you’ve chosen and the number of days you intend to stay at the camp, carry these items.


2 Get it done before you go:


It is also important to do your homework about the surrounding you are visiting. Weather conditions, are there wild animals and poisonous plants you should be aware of? Is it the hunting season where you’ll be going? Are any trails blocked or closed due to weather or maintenance? Check the park or trail’s website before you head out, or the relevant regional or governmental site. Also make sure before you leave for you adventure you have informed your loved ones about your trip and your plan. This really means letting someone trustworthy know about your whereabouts. 

In most cases the cell phone signal may not work in such a situation, it is always better that someone knows about your whereabouts, which also brings us to the important point, don't just rely on cell phone GPS it's always advisable to have an old-fashioned map and compass this can be a lifesaver in critical situation. 


3 Know how to take action:


Depending on the season and weather, there are chances that different types of insects might bother you. From late fall to early spring, insects are less of a concern. Be prepared with mosquito repellent. In case you come across a storm during your hike, move down quickly from a high exposed place to a lower altitude and take shelter. 


4 Things to do in camping:

After a great hike of course, you must be tired and deserve to have some relaxing time with your friends. So, I hope you are well equipped with food and drinks (a beer perhaps). 

All you need to do is clean your mess before heading into the tent, make sure that you place any loose food, plus a cooler inside your vehicle or You can also hang a bag of food from a high tree branch. Just keep it away from the tent you are sleeping in. There are chances that raccoon or bear might get attracted to the loose food item smell and it might be a risk for you and them as well. 


I hope you are all set for getting lost in the woods

To plan your next hiking and camping just follow the link to look up for location. 

https://www.recreation.gov/ 


You can also download the “AllTrails” App. It is a good app with numerous trails listed with their map and difficulty level. One of the best features of this app is that you can download an offline map of your trail. 

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