The Benefits of One Day Hiking

Posted on August 14, 2016 By

Do you like to take one day hiking trips? Do you want to take
hiking trips on trails near your home? One day hiking trips
have a number of advantages. They are great for the
recreational hiker. Minimal hiking gear is required and you can
take pleasure in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings.
Short day hikes are also a beneficial form of exercise. You can
control your speed and terrain elevation. One day you can focus
on endurance over flat trails while another day can be spent
sprinting and climbing up steeper terrain.

One day hikes commonly take place on easily accessible trails in
your area. Therefore, you can discover hidden nature treasures
that are in your backyard. You can venture out for a day of
leisurely or extreme hiking. Instead of setting up camp for the
night, you can return to the comforts of your own home.

What hiking gear is necessary for a one day trip? It depends on
the weather, terrain, and experience level of the hikers.
However, there is basic hiking equipment that you will need.
When choosing a hiking backpack, opt for a smaller pack. You
don’t want to spend your day trip lugging around a heavy
backpack. It is a good idea to bring extra clothes in case your
clothes become wet or the weather gets cooler. The key is to
dress in layers.

It is vital to keep well hydrated, especially in the hot summer
months. Avoid the intense heat of the afternoon sun. One
gallon of water per person is recommended. A sports drink such
as Gatorade is also an option. Steer clear of sodas and
alcohol. These drinks are diuretics and will dehydrate your
body. Bring snacks that have substantial good carbohydrates and
protein such as nuts and granola. Protein rich fitness bars are
also a practical option. Bring extra food just in case you
spend a longer time on the hiking trail then expected.

Safety should be high priority on any hiking trip. Bring a map,
compass, and flashlight. Bring the following items to combat
any hiking emergencies: waterproof matches, whistle, fire
starter, space blanket, and emergency shelter. These items are
beneficial when you are unfamiliar with the hiking trail or you
expect to hike through difficult terrain. There are other
safety items to consider. Consult a hiking professional in your
area for more tips and advice.

The sun, wind, and bugs can become a nuisance while hiking.
Make sure to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and bug repellant.
Nothing can ruin a hiking adventure like bug bites and an aching
sunburn. Always wear sunscreen even if the weather is overcast.
Find a waterproof and sweat resistant sports sunscreen and
reapply sunscreen every 4-5 hours or more frequently if you are
prone to sunburn.

One day hiking trips are a great way for recreational hikers to
experience trails in their area and exercise at the same time.
Start a one day hiking group with your friends as a social
get-together. What are you waiting for? Get your gear and get
started today!