Tips on Hiking for Beginners

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Post by Guests » Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:38 am

Tips on Hiking for Beginners

Nowadays the newest gadgets, enhanced gear, and other camping necessities are advertised widely. Magazines and television programmes feature them as well as the latest and greatest camp destinations. This great range of new and improved products and newly revealed retreats for campers are an attraction to both professional and amateur campers. Non-camping people are also encouraged to try the activity as a new hobby or activity.

But before joining the ranks of campers, a beginner should bear in mind the basics of camping. Unlike professionals and seasoned campers, first-time campers need to familiarise themselves with the fundamental requirements.

A beginner must remember the following when going on a camping/hiking activity:

* Choice of Boots

Boots can really considered the most important piece of gear in camping or hiking. Aside from protecting the feet, boots help the camper to be comfortable and sure-footed. You should choose a really well fitting pair.

* Choice of the Correct Backpack

Backpacks come in different sizes and styles. Don't choose a bag because it looks big. Aim for a bag that can contain more but is not heavy and bulky to carry.

* Choice of Tent

Keeping in mind its bulk and weight, choose the largest size that can be easily carried. A spacious tent will allow the camper space to stretch out comfortably while sleeping, and will also allow for the free circulation of air. Be sure to check the tent has a good ventilation system.

* Travel light

Be strict. Eliminate anything that is not necessary for camping.

However, the items that follow are essentials:

--- Water (at least 1 litre for short hikes)
--- Compass or Map
--- Extra light clothes
--- First aid kit
--- Matches
--- Swiss Knife
--- Rain gear
--- Food
--- Flashlight
--- Personals (toothbrush, soap, shampoo etc.)
--- Cooking equipment (stove, pan, dipper )

* Take the Correct Food

Canned foods are ideal. Don't bring foods that will spoil easily. You should avoid foods with sauces and gravy and other wet foods that might leak into your bag. Do not bring fruit which is easily damaged. Foods rich in carbohydrates like noodles, rice and cheese are very useful. However, don't get too hung up over food. The main thing is to be sure that it won't spoil or spill.

Hiking and camping are all about enjoyment and that is most important. These tips will hopefully help to increase the pleasure of anyone taking part in this activity and also assist in ensuring their safety and comfort.

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