My Hiking Tips

In february I made a blog post about our most recent hiking trip which you can read here and I mentioned that I will post safety tips for hiking. These aren’t a “by the book” survival guide but these are tips I go by and have had successful hiking trips.

1- Plan the date around the weather + Map out your trail:

Common sense is you don’t want to hike during snow or rain as the trails can become dangerous.

Most state parks will have pamphlets about the parks history along with a detailed map (always take two!)

This will help guide you to stay on track and usually gives an approx. time it takes to hike that trail. A beginners word of advice stick with a 25-30min hiking trail.

The reason I say to take two pamphlets is because if you lose or damage one you have a back up to help guide you back.

2- Take snacks, lots of water and/or a light lunch

If we do a 30 min hike we normally pack 2 granola bars and 2 bananas for the both of us and 2 bottles of water. If you are hiking on a hot day, trust me you’re going to want to double up on your water intake! Also bring a shopping bag to properly dispose of your garbage instead of littering!

3-Dress for the weather

You can get as creative and reasonably fashionable as you want with your wardrobe. If you’re a female I recommend cotton undergarments, anything that’s breathable. Wear footwear with good grip and that you don’t mind getting muddy and dusty, common sense it’s a hiking trail not a runway so leave the cute shoes and sandals at home! Always pack a light jacket.Sunglasses to protect your eyes. A Hat especially if it’s a sunny day, you don’t want to get a sunburn on your scalp (i’m speaking from personal experience) and of course Sunscreen! Need I say more?

4- Bring toilet paper, First Aid Kit, Calamine Lotion, Bug repellent

When you gotta go you gotta go. Luckily I have successfully made it through hiking trails without squatting behind a tree,poison ivy or a booboo. 😉

5- Let a close friend or family member know you’re going hiking:

Maybe you don’t want people to know your personal business but in this case it can be crucial to your safety! Always let a reliable person know where you’re going and what you’re wearing.

I hope you find my quick tips helpful for you during your next hiking trip and if you’d like to add any other safety tips or precautions please comment!

Hiking With My FiancĂ©

Normally my fiancĂ© and I would venture out hiking around early-mid spring time but yesterday’s weather was too good to pass up. We hiked 3 miles at one of our favorite hiking spots, we wanted to walk longer but there was a good amount of snow from days before which blocked the path so we had to turn back. It was a much needed last minute trip and I can’t wait for us to go back! Oh and Marcin sprayed cologne before the hike đŸ€Ł who does that?!

All photos were taken by my fiancĂ©, I took a few but they weren’t as esthetic as these. Im so proud of marcin and I because we made a pact this year to really live in the moment and not let good opportunities like this pass by, had I been in my old mindset I probably would’ve just settled for a day home indoors and later regret not taking the chance to enjoy a nice stroll on a warm day.

I’m thinking of making another post with a few of my hiking tips let me know if you’d be interested in that post.