munRomania's beaches are spectacular and offer a view meant to turn any trip into a unique experience. Its lush landscapes attract, every year, many people interested in exploring the beauties of the homeland. If you want to join hiking enthusiasts, find out more to prepare for your first trip!
- Improve your physical condition!
Hiking is a beautiful experience if you cope with the level of effort. If there is more than you can carry, you will not be able to enjoy that trip and you will even risk getting injured. Therefore, the first thing you need to consider when planning a hike is to prepare physically some time in advance.
The best training is walking. Go up the stairs from the block, instead of taking the elevator. Start training by walking short distances, and then increase the effort by traveling longer distances. In the first stage of training, leave a one-day break between walks to allow the body to recover, and then enter a phase of sustained daily effort. Thus, over time, your body will be more resistant to exertion. Ideally, before hiking, you can walk for about 4-6 hours.
You can complete your workout with other sports that target the leg muscles, such as cycling, football, squash and swimming.
- Make sure you have the correct walking position!
Position is very important when walking. Step on the heel first and then on the toe. The head and the gaze must be in front, and the shoulders as straight as possible, but relaxed.
- Choose an easier route at the beginning!
If this is your first hike, it would be advisable to start with a route with a low level of difficulty. Think of this experience as a computer game! The first time you start with the first level, which helps you better understand the game and find out how you can advance. Moreover, it will help you get to know yourself better, because you will understand how you cope with this effort and why you need to fabut face better for the next hike. Because you may find that the equipment is not the most suitable or that you are missing something that would have made your hike more comfortable. You definitely want to know these things on a slightly shorter and easier road, right?
- Plan your hike down to the smallest detail!
Check the route, find out the difficulties, the estimated time of the hike and mark them on a map that you have with you! Even if you have a mobile phone where you can have a photo or access to an application with maps and GPS, a paper map gives you an extra advantage, in case the phone can no longer help you.
Check the weather and temperatures on the day of the hike and the time when it gets dark! Depending on these criteria, you will know how to cross the road, what is the ideal time to leave and what equipment you should have with you.
- The hike starts in the morning!
The sooner, the better! Set a suitable time based on the issues I talked about above, but more, considering that the time you choose can help you avoid meeting many hiking groups.. Meand little crowding, more chances to enjoy nature!
- Dress appropriately!
Let's start with the shoes. Forget indoor sports shoes where you feel comfortable, because you need special shoes for hiking. Hiking or trekking shoes are available in sporting goods stores and are the best option. The advantage of special footwear is that, in addition to high adhesion and does not slip on wet surfaces, they also have ankle protection. In other words, it greatly reduces the risk of injury. If you want it to be a good investment, choose a water-resistant model to protect you even on rainy days. Also keep in mind that your foot will need to adjust. So, wear them before hiking, a few times.
For the rest of the equipment, choose clothes adapted to the season and the weather conditions on the day of the hike. The important thing is not to be expensive equipment, but a comfortable one.
In the summer, for example, you need to have long pants in the morning, and a pair of shorts and a replacement T-shirt in your backpack to change during the day. A hat and a pair of sunglasses will complete the comfort, so take them with you. Also very important is the waterproof jacket and a blouse with long and thicker sleeves, such as fleece, for those situations when temperatures drop.
For spring and autumn, the indispensable accessories are gloves and a hat. The waterproof jacket and blouse are usually already on you, but you can have another replacement blouse. Because this season, the weather conditions are unpredictable, it is recommended to have a blanket with you, in case of unexpected situations.
Always have spare socks with you (always longer, so that they don't slip on your heels).
- Trekking poles can be your best hiking friends!
A very useful accessory, especially when it's your first hike, trekking poles help both ascents and descents, but especially when the backpack is heavy. The sticks take over some of the load on the joints and increase stability, increasing comfort, so take them with you on hikes.
- Hiking equipment
Obviously, the first thing you need to have is a backpack.
You can forget a lot of things at home, though lantern it must never be one of them. Don't go on a hike if you forgot your flashlight!
Again, Map it's an important element, because you don't know what signal you're going to have on your phone, so you can't just rely on it. Make sure you mark the route on the map and the rest of the important details.
Don't forget either backup battery and charging cable, to make sure that your phone will not die on the way (especially if you use GPS and camera, which will consume your battery faster than any other application).
A first aid kit including those you think you would need bandages, patches, scissors, antiseptics, painkillers, antihistamines and an insect repellent.
Sunscreen should be considered, so take a lotion with SPF 50 (especially in summer) to protect yourself from sunburn.
Make sure you have enough the water to you for hiking. You can take it with you too a thermos with tea or coffee, especially in spring, autumn or winter.
Although beautiful landscapes are food for the soul, they will not keep you hungry, so take some with you. sandwiches, bananas, apples, nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars and chocolate. In addition to feeding you, they will energize you.
- Let someone know where you are going and leave them an image of the route you will follow!
For the first hike it is important not to go alone. Choose to go either with a group of friends or to join a group of enthusiasts, who are led by a guide.
In order to take all the safety measures, leave to an acquaintance information about the hike you will do: when it takes place, when you leave, when you should return and what will be the route you will follow is the information on which a person who does not accompany you (and is waiting for you to contact her at the end of the hike), will have to know them to ask for help from the Mountain Rescue and get to you as soon as possible, in case unforeseen situations occur.
If you follow this little guide, your first hike will be one of the most beautiful experiences you have ever had! Enjoy the wave of emotions and the spectacular landscape that will "paint" your trip!
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