How to Properly Prepare for a Hike?

Hike
Hike

When preparing for a hike in mountains, special attention must be taken in the choice of equipment, shoes, and clothing. A long-awaited hike can become a nightmare if you choose the wrong shoes, run out of clothes, or forget about rain protection. While being properly prepared, you will be able to enjoy nature and forget all your worries. However, it is important not to overload unnecessary items because too heavy backpack is certainly not a part of the joy.

Trekking Shoes

The primary think that is necessary for a successful hike, you need to choose the right shoes. If the route is short and uncomplicated, you can do it with light trekking shoes. If you have to overcome a rocky and steep road, you definitely need to buy trekking shoes that protect your ankles ang provide better stability to the foots.

When buying trekking shoes, it is recommended to try it on them before buying. You may also want to buy half-size larger shoes in case you wear special trekking socks. For the shoes to last longer and to retain the properties specified by the manufacturers, it must be remembered that it is maintained and regularly lubricated with water protection.

The main difference between trekking and regular shoes is the corrugated, non-slip, rubber sole. For inexperienced buyers, as a guarantee of quality, it is worth paying attention to the inscription on the sole VIBRAM. It is a famous Italian company that produces soles for the best trekking shoes brands. All VIBRAM soles provide maximum adhesion to any surface, are extremely resistant to abrasion and temperature changes. Because of these features, the VIBRAM sole is used by more than 1,000 footwear manufacturers to create footwear for travelers, climbers, lifeguards, and the military.

Clothing

Probably the most important thing on a hike is proper clothing. Because there is a saying in hikes that there is no bad weather, there is only poor clothing. The rule of 3 layers of clothing should be followed: lower, middle, and upper.

Clothing
Clothing

The lower layer should be synthetic or merino wool. Cotton is not recommended as it absorbs moisture, so you will feel cold. Synthetics do not absorb moisture and evaporate it, so the body stays dry. A variety of thermal clothing in the mountains is very convenient. When choosing thermal clothes, it is always better to buy one size smaller. Always have additional underwear and a few more pairs of socks in case you get wet.

The middle layer is pants and sweaters. Jeans or similar materials can also be used, but functional clothing is always a smarter choice. The middle layer should be not only durable, but from warming material, so it is better to choose one warm sweater than a few thinner clothes. Synthetics or wool will fit the best. Depending on the time of year, shorts can come in very handy.

The outer layer of clothing should protect from rain, snow, wind. You should have a rain and windproof jacket that would not be very tight. When preparing for a walk, follow this rule that you should dress up as much as in 3 minutes after stop walking you can feel cold. If it gets too warm while walking, even the best thermal clothes will not protect you from moisture.