Hiking in the great outdoors can be fun and healthy at the least. However, unruly weather can put a damper in your trip through the woods or on the trails, but it doesn’t have to cancel your fun. When you are getting ready to go on a hiking trip, take the weather into consideration. Even if the forecast says sunny, you know as well as I do that they aren’t always 100% accurate.
Here are some things to take into consideration when packing your bag for your trip!
- Waterproof Matches: Bringing any kind of fire starter is a must for overnight trips. If the temperature dips in the evening, you’ll need more than a blanket to keep you warm. Bringing along waterproof matched instead of regular matches is a wise safety precaution should they get damp or wet, they’ll still light your camp fire at night.
- Healthy Snacks: Instead of resorting to packaged granola bars or the like, try homemade recipes on for size. Snack bars can be made in your own home using few all natural ingredients. Most bars take little time to prep, cook and/or package. Try making some of your own healthy snack bars to take along with you on your trip, and let us know which ones you liked the best.
- Waterproof Jacket: Holloway features some great styles of waterproof jackets. Keep these handy in case of stormy weather. The Adult Convective Jackets are lightweight so your pack won’t take on too much extra weight; they have reflective accents and waterproof pockets inside and out.
- Extra Socks: Funny thing to consider? You won’t be saying that if it starts raining or if you step in puddle of mud. Keep your feet comfortable the whole trip by changing your socks if they become uncomfortable. Some brands are designed for hiking and for unruly weather. So even if you step in liquid, they are fast cooling and are quite comfortable.
- Sunglasses: Some people unfortunately forget sunglasses on their way out the door. Hopefully with these shades, they’ll be glued to you. Vision is important when you are outdoors, so try these on for size. They may be pricey, but the payoff in the end will be worth it.
- Insect Repellent: Bugs and insects can be nasty. Who wants to spend hours outside getting bit by mosquitoes? If this doesn’t sound ideal to you, be sure to include this gem in your pack. If you don’t prefer to be sprayed with repellent, or because it causes skin irritation, try wristbands. They look like rubber bands that slide onto your wrists easily and repel insects over an extended period of time.
The next time you plan on going or blazing your own trail, take these few tips into consideration that hopefully will make your trip a little more comfortable! Let us know what you think by commenting below!
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