Last modified on July 21st, 2020 at 4:52 am

A Solo Backpackers Guide to Outdoor Hiking

Sometimes we all need a moment alone. To escape our busy lives, gather our thoughts and center ourselves. Getting outdoors, exploring the world and hiking are great ways to unwind and escape for a while. Embarking on a solo hiking trip can be liberating and life changing. This guide will help you prepare for your journey.

Have the Right Gear

Having the right gear is essential. A quintessential component to your gear must be at least one knife. It needs to be reliable, dependable, and a general-purpose blade that can perform all tasks efficiently, from cutting trees, preparing food, and self-defense. Use reputable knife makers such as Lamnia to find the perfect knife for your solo hiking trip.

The correct choice of clothing is vital. Have the right clothing
for your environment. Also be prepared for a sudden change in climate and
temperature, especially in mountainous terrain. Make sure you have warm,
waterproof clothing to protect you from the elements.

Equally important is the right footwear. Make sure you have the
right shoes or boots for hiking.

If you plan for a trip overnight make sure
you have the correct sleeping bag. Determine the lowest temperature you are
most likely to encounter on your trip and choose a bag that performs adequately
at that temperature.

Also, make sure that you have the correct tent and make sure you
are comfortable erecting the tent before setting off. It would help if you had
a backpack with which you can carry all your gear. It needs to be strong and
comfortable.

Prepare Yourself

Hiking is extremely strenuous on your body. It is physically and
mentally demanding. Make sure you are fit and in good physical condition. Running,
cycling and swimming are excellent methods of cardiovascular activities to
build up your fitness levels for the hike.

Focus on your strength, too, after all. You have a lot of gear
to carry. You do not have to sign up for a gym contract, lift heavy weights,
and use fancy gym equipment either. There are many excellent strength training
techniques you may use at home, utilizing your body weight.

This includes push-ups, pull-ups, and planks. Ensure you are
physically healthy before embarking on your trip. More importantly: know your
limits. Having a general idea of how fit you are and knowing how much you are
capable of will mean you can set yourself realistic goals.

Know What to Expect

You can never have too much information about the area you will
hike in. Do your research, study maps, read books, and talk to people who know
the area. Know the climate and weather patterns of your environment. This will
help you prepare accordingly with regards to what equipment and clothing you
will need. Adequate hydration and
nourishment are of critical importance. Ensure you have enough water and food
provisions with you.

Plan for Emergencies

Always prepare for the worst and the unexpected. Make sure you
keep at least one person informed about your journey should things go wrong. A
fully charged cell phone is the most critical piece of emergency equipment you
can have in the event of needing to contact someone.

If your hiking area is outside the cell phone signal, consider
carrying a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon). This is a small, lightweight device
and when activated, transmits a distress signal which is detected worldwide by
the global satellite system and is then relayed to the appropriate emergency
services. Make sure you always have an essential survival and medical
kit with you to look after yourself until help arrives.