• Julianna Sweeney

A Beginner's Guide To Hiking | Tips & Must-Haves

We've all worn the wrong pair of shoes on a hike or forgot to pack something important (right? it's not just me??). I put together this little guide to help you start your hiking adventures off on the right foot. Hopefully this way you can have all the fun and none of the slip-ups that I've made along the way!


A Beginner's Guide To Hiking | Tips & Must-Haves

  • NEVER Hike alone - That's hiking basics 101. You could fall, get lost, have a run in with a wild animal (or another person will ill intentions), etc. Just don't do it.


  • Make sure you pack the essentials - Compass, map, knife/multi-tool, bug spray, allergy medicine and first-aid kit. You just never know what could happen and it's always better to be safe than sorry.


  • Be aware of your surroundings - check out the posted signs and become familiar with the wildlife and how to deal with it if a situation arises. Know what plants to stay away from and just be vigilant while you're on your hike.


  • STAY ON THE PATH - once you stray, you risk getting lost really easily.


  • Plan ahead/check the weather - It can be pretty miserable to go hiking in the rain if it's not your intention to. You also want to take into account what to wear so that you can be comfortable on your trek while ensuring you've got what you need to be safe (the proper shoes, long sleeve vs. sports bra, shorts vs. leggings, etc.)


  • Make sure you've got a good pair of hiking boots - Sneakers are great for really simple, flat trails but once you start introducing elevation and varying terrain, you're gonna want to make sure you've got boots. Besides just dealing with your sneakers getting dirty, it can also be dangerous with the lack of traction. These are the boots I've got - eventually I'll trade up as I start hiking more often, but they're a fantastic beginner's pair: Columbia Women's Newton Ridge Waterproof Hiking Boots. You also want to make sure you invest in a good pair of hiking socks (trust me, I've been to blister city more than enough times - not a place you want to go)


  • Make sure your phone is charged & in a protective case - You never know what could happen while you're out on a hike. Even though you most likely won't have service, you can still call 9-1-1 if need be. Not only do you want your phone, though, you want to make sure that it's in a case or some sort of container or bag that will keep it safe while you're out there. (You're also gonna want to make sure you take lots of pictures!) Some great protective phone cases include Lifeproof and Otterbox


  • Water & Snacks - STAY HYDRATED, especially if it's a hot day and you're gonna want to make sure that you bring snacks to have handy just in case - even if you don't plan on eating anything on your hike. Some of my personal favorites to take on hikes for hydration and energy are n* by Nutrilite Hit Reset Shots, XS Cocowater Hydration Mix (great for adding to water for extra electrolytes), BPN Field Bars, and fruits and nuts are always a great on-the-go snack!





You don't need to pack a lot or go overboard. When you get down to it, the most important things are making memories, taking in the beauty around you and getting in some exercise along the way. Just make sure you're prepared and enjoy the journey!


I hope these tips and recs help and maybe even spark some inspiration to get your hike on soon!


Sending love always,

J.S.

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