Hiking for beginners - tips and advice

Hiking for beginners: tips and advice

If you’re new to hiking or want to go for your first hike but you’re not sure where to go or what to bring, check out the following pages with tips and advice for beginner hikers.

  • First hike: tips for newbies
    This is a great place to start with lots of information about hiking for beginners. It will help you prepare for your first hike. It covers preparing and researching where to hike, what sort of footwear and other gear you might need, what to eat and staying safe on the trails.
  • First aid kit for hiking
    I give you a peek inside my standard first aid kit. Some first aid stuff to bring hiking is obvious, but you might find something you hadn’t thought of before. Follow the boy scout motto and be prepared!
  • Best ever hiking hacks
    Even if you’re not a complete newbie, you might find something new among these exceptional hiking hacks I’ve collected over the years that really work. From drying your boots fast to deterring leeches, there’s sure to be a hack in there you’ve not heard of before.
  • Top 3 hiking apps
    There’s no need to be overwhelmed by technology and to spend hundreds on the latest GPS navigation tool when you’re just starting out on your hiking adventures. Here are three apps you can download to your mobile phone that will record and map your progress as you go, and if you’re a geek like me, pore over the data once you get home.
  • Hydration bladder vs bottle
    Should you take bottles of water on your hike or invest in a bladder? I look at the pros and cons of each to help you decide what will work best for you.

Just for fun, check out the image featured above and tell me what you think is wrong with it. I think he’s made some rookie errors. Here’s what I think is wrong with the image:

  1. His backpack is waaay too big. You don’t need such a big backpack for a day hike.
  2. He’s wearing shorts. I don’t recommend shorts when hiking – your legs get scratched, sunburt and bare legs offer no protection against snakes.
  3. He’s lost and is asking ‘Where the hell am I?’

2 comments

  1. Some great resources Sandra! My husband has a hydration bladder that he uses when bike riding and takes it with him when we walk. I like them over bottles because plastic bottles are bad for the environment.

  2. I find bladders much more convenient. You’re right about the plastic bottles, though when I use bottles, I use the washable and re-suable sports bottles with a pop up nozzle. They’re easier to clean and dry than a hydration bladder, but not half as convenient on the trail. I love the tap function on the bladder, too. You can wash your hands 🙂

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