If you are a beginner, experienced hikers around you will give you advice. The problem is they almost forgot their first experiences. They will not be able to put themselves in the position of someone just starting out.
So believe in your abilities. Start with short distances, and everything will be fine. Search for a journey according to your health, physical and mental. And knowledge of terrain, orientation, geography about where you are going. As well as learn about hiking items such as folding backpacks, waterproof jackets for women, standard hiking shoes…
The goal is to improve safety little by little. Do not force yourself on a journey with a steep slope. If you have never walked more than 3 hours in a row. Or go on a deserted trail alone if you don’t know how to orient yourself.
You can also learn how to read a map. And see the topographic map in specialized bookstores or on the Internet. It will help you see clearly, as well as classify hiking trails. In general, you can clearly see the detailed description and alternate routes. Most beginners go hiking alone. Practice walking with these instructions and find it useful. In addition, handheld GPS hiking is increasingly popular and can help you in navigation.
The things you need to get ready for are
- Prepare yourself the day before
- Check the weather and adjust the appropriate route and equipment.
- Put all your appliances, food and clothes on the floor checked.
- Choose your backpack size to fit what you carry, and the backpack material suits the climate and terrain where you are going.
- Prepare enough food and clothing. And wrap them carefully in water-proof garbage bags. Or waterproof food bags (zip lock type).
- Tick the checklist so you don’t forget anything.
- Place the heaviest item and everything for cooking (water bag, cookware, food) at the bottom of your backpack and near the back.
- Minimal hygiene / safety kits
- A small tube of toothpaste, or extracted.
- Multipurpose liquid soap (dishes, clothes, grooming)
- A microfiber towel (to wipe face and upper body)
- Your glasses, or if you wear contact lenses: remember to bring water to wash your glasses daily for use.
- Several sanitary pads for menstrual periods come during the trip.
- Earplugs if you can tolerate it. (you won’t have to worry about noise at night and have a good night’s sleep)
- Sunscreen protects from the sun
- Optional: Bottle of deodorant
Bright red bags and prominent cross icons make the kit easy to find in an emergency.
- Water disinfection tablet or water purifier
- Lighter and flint/matches
- Topographic map or copy of the itinerary
- Whistle (sometimes integrated with other widgets)
- 3-layer walking clothes including, female and breathable waterproof jacket (even in summer).
- Shoes fit the journey, climate and comfort with your feet
- Mobile phone in airplane mode to save battery.
Tell your relatives your journey
It is essential you should say your departure and destination journeys. Let someone close to you or your loved one know. This person will be able to call for help immediately after losing contact from you.
So to avoid unnecessary anxiety and disturb the rescue teams. This person should have experience in this matter. Communication delays, sometimes just an inconvenience. It is not necessarily a danger.
It is best to choose a reliable but calm person. By putting this responsibility on the shoulders of a worried person will not make them uncomfortable.