The essentials in hiking
Hiking is famous worldwide for its health and leisure benefits. With its rich natural wonders and wonderful scenery, Australia is a great place to venture into a hiking adventure. Australians use the term bushwalking for both on and off trail hiking and they have a number of hiking trails that have been marked for easier and safer hikes.
When you go on a hiking trip in Australia, it is important to know the essential things you need to bring with you.
Here are some of them:
- Backpack: Bring a lightweight and functional backpack. It should be able to store water, food, extra clothing and other basic necessities.
- Shoes: Use shoes that are sturdy enough to handle uneven terrains when hiking. Choose cross-trainers that provide ankle-support and lightweight. You need to find comfortable shoes to avoid blisters and chafing.
- Clothing: Wear clothing made out of high tech fibers that sends moisture into the air and are warm and light. Examples of this are micro fleece, spandex, microfiber, etc.
- Socks: Wear socks that are the right fit. The material used in the socks should keep moisture away. You can also bring extra socks so you can change anytime during the hike.
- Hat: If you should wear a hat, choose those wide-brimmed hats to protect your skin from damage and keeps you cooler.
- Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen every time you go on a hike regardless of the weather. It not only protects you from the sun, it also protects you from high altitudes.
- Snacks: Bring food that are light but can fill you such as nutrition bars, dried fruits or nuts. Avoid heavy food as it will make hiking uncomfortable.
- Always bring your mobile phone.
- Always bring a first aid kit so you can be prepared for any accidents.
- Bring a map so you will not get lost.
- Bring 1-3 water bottles (or depending on how much you think you will need) to make sure you won’t get dehydrated.
Safety tips in Hiking
Australia boasts of natural wonders that will definitely leave you in awe. It doesn’t come as a surprise that people have turned to hiking not only as a source of exercise but as a way to take in nature’s beauty. Australia has a lot of hiking trails available but before you choose which trail to follow, you must remember the following safety tips for a better and more enjoyable hiking experience:
- Inform people at home where you are going and when you are coming back. If you get into some kind of trouble and don’t get back when you’re supposed to, people will know where to find you.
- Stick together when hiking in groups and walk in a single file to avoid widening the track. The strongest hiker must be at the end of the line but can hear the person at the head of the line.
- In the event that you get lost, find a shelter but make sure it’s easy to find so that rescuers can come to your aid right away.
- If you are hiking alone and will meet strangers, let them know that you are part of a group to discourage any motives. You never know what kind of people you meet along the way.
- If you come across a snake, leave it alone but be careful because it may have a mate in the area. Making plenty of noise minimizes the chance of accidentally stepping on one but be sure that your noise won’t make too much disruption on the environment.
- If you should camp, stay away from dry creek beds no matter how nice and flat they are. The government may decide to open a dam or a distant storm may bring in flood.
- As much as possible, stay on the marked tracks and stay in the middle of it.