Thursday, 22 April 2010
Hiking Kit for a Successful Adventure
In the inimitable words of the Scouts, "Be Prepared" - this is a good ethos for those heading out on hikes over the next few months. Choosing your hiking kit prior to heading out is part of the enjoyment of the expedition and taking a look at the sort of equipment that you need is the best way of planning a hike in the UK or abroad.
Hiking kit can typically be applied to any accessory or piece of equipment that you will either literally require or which it would be a good idea to have during a hiking expedition in the wilderness. First and foremost, it is generally the done thing to compile a hiking kit checklist before strapping up your hiking boots and hitting those dirt trails. Understanding the sort of hiking kit typically required is a good jumping off point for anyone new to the pursuit of adventure hiking.
Hiking Kit Checklist
Preparation is half the battle, so to speak, and being prepared is imperative when it comes to hiking. Looking in the backpacks of the majority of hikers reveals that the most hiking kit checklists should include the following items:
· Waterproofs - Any seasoned hiker will tell you just how quickly the weather can turn against you and even the sunniest days can turn into absolute stinkers in the blink of an eye. Waterproof trousers and a waterproof jacket should be one of the first pieces of hiking kit that is put on the checklist.
· First Aid - Hiking can be quite demanding and, as such, it is important to have a well stocked first aid kit should any scrapes or cuts occur. In order to reduce the likelihood of injuries such as sprains, it is a good idea to purchase a pair of good hiking boots, such as the Hi-Tec Altitude IV Enviro WP.
· Food and Drink - Obviously, hiking a long distance will require considerable reserves of energy and this is something which can be replenished through food and drink at various intervals of the hike. Having a good range of energy boosting foods is a must for all hiking kits.
· Map/GPS - Whether you opt for an old fashioned map or the modern incarnation, GPS, it is imperative to have some form of navigational tool when embarking a hike - particularly if your chosen location is remote.
Hiking kits will differ from person to person but the above list is a good starting point for the sort of hiking equipment that you will require on the average expedition. Ensuring that you are comfortable during a hike is the most crucial aspect and this is typically achieved with well chosen and fitting hiking boots.