The first few hikes i made the mistake of over packing. My first few hikes i thought '' have i packed enough? '' Then before you know it my lungs and legs are on fire while going up a hill with 20kg on my back. Let me share tips i wish i knew when i started.
Don't over pack
It doesn't matter how many pairs of socks you have or what you bring; whatever the size of your backpack, you will eventually fill it up. If you're in one place a long time you will find yourself wanting to carry more stuff with you, then you have to get a larger pack. Instead of bringing a couple of pairs of shoes, take a few hiking shoes with you and choose the right hiking socks. Don't bring stuff that you don't need Another tip is to bring the bare minimum. Just think, if you're not going to use something for 5 days, what's the point of taking it on the trip? If you pack a couple of extra pair of pants, take them and leave the others at home. You will also find that some of the stuff you don't need on the trip will weigh a lot.
Take a backpack that fits your body type
The first few hikes i made the mistake of over packing. Also on previous hikes i thought '' have i packed enough? '' Then before you know it my lungs and legs are on fire while going up a hill with 20kg on my back. Let me share some tips i wish i knew when i started.
Don't over pack
Get a good backpack. There are no bad backpacks but it's important to know your features and what fits you best. Make sure it has room for your camera, lenses and extra gear. I have the Kili Rugged 500 Backpack and this is perfect for long hikes. Know your needs My first hike i needed a big backpack as i had my 1L Platypus attached to my chest. I ended up putting my 20kg on my back and it almost killed me! I didn't know my back could take that weight. The Platypus is a great weight for a backpack. Make sure you go with a shoulder strap backpack and not hip straps. Hip straps make your backpack squishy and uncomfortable. Gear for Ultralight hiking I used to think i needed trekking poles with every hiking trip.
Take a backpack that fits your body type
So what i did was buy a chest pack that fit the size of my body type. I ended up using the chest pack everyday. Since i do a lot of hiking i managed to get enough use out of it. Stock up on shoes that are broken in. So let's say you take a break from walking and you need to go out and visit a friend for a couple hours, this won't be a good idea if you are trying to survive a hike. So always carry a pair of shoes that you can slip your feet into. Trust me i've been burned.
Take snacks for the trip
Especially during long hikes. If you decide to carry your own snacks then make sure your snacks have a calorie count. Keep them as light as possible. I used protein bars, instant noodles and yogurt. With that on your backpack, i found it really easy to just grab and go. I just load it all into my backpack and off i go. During that trip, i consumed over 8 000 calories of snacks. It was quite ridiculous, but i loved it. As long as the food will not cause you to feel hungry or eat too much, then you don't need to worry. If you forget to pack something you might have your energy bars, instant noodles, water and maybe a protein bar with you. The other thing i always pack is a flask or a water bottle.
Keep in mind the weather and terrain
The first thing you need to do is figure out how often you will be hiking. If you are an active individual and on a strenuous hike, then you will be packing a lot of extra clothes, shoes and socks, even a change of pants. If it's a weekend getaway, then you could pack an extra pair of shoes and socks, and a few t shirts, but if it's a week or more hike, then these extras can make you sweat and you will end up wearing out your socks too quickly. I would recommend 2 or 3 pairs of light weight, super absorbent socks. Most hikers also carry a change of pants or light weight trousers in case you have to change, or you want to wash your jeans, but this will vary depending on the terrain and how long you will be out hiking.
Keep in mind your hiking style
Let's first define our two styles: normal/active/wild. Normal hikers have a base fitness level and they pack a carry all with them. They walk along the shore line, collecting food in an appam/yam/whisky jar/flask. They are sort of geared to the hike but once they get the hang of it, they become good at it. Active hikers are totally different. These people are built like strong wind will take them and they want to be the first one to the top. They are ready for the first sign of difficulty and the task that is ahead. The small details that other people take for granted. An easy jog for them will turn into a short cut for the average hiker. For an active hiker, it's all about reaching the destination and being in the middle of a new discovery.
Sleeping in a hammock will change your life. You will get into the best mood when you wake up and hear the birds sing and feel the wind on your face. Save a lot of money and time by packing light and car camping. That means as little as possible if you want to be able to enjoy your experience on the trails. Hiking Tips: Don't Read This if You Have Never Hiked Gaining the knowledge of the trail for beginners, is crucial to help them navigate on their own. The good news is it doesn't take long before you'll be able to pick up anything you need for yourself and pack light. Here are my best hiking tips 1. Pack Light Wear one pair of pants and one pair of shoes. Wear one pair of pants and one pair of shoes. Dress in layers Wear one pair of pants and one pair of shoes.