Experienced hikers know that hiking in nature can become an adventure that gets stuck in memory for a long time, but it requires a little bit of preparation. This is especially important for beginners who must figure out what items they may need during the hike and how to fit them in one backpack. It is very important to pick up the right items that will be useful and helpful, but more important is to not overload with too many things, as hiking with a backpack that is too heavy can become a torture. So, some main tips on how to prepare properly.
The 10 km hike is not a big challenge. This distance can easily be walked by kids also. However, it is not recommended to take children for longer hikes than 12km. For them, this may seem too difficult, and the pace will be slow. The average walking speed of an adult is about 5 km per hour, so you can finish 10 km in 2 hours without rushing anywhere, and you will have to devote about 5 hours to 25 km, so it is worth considering your strength here. Still, 25 km is the optimal distance for city people who want to challenge themselves but still want to have energy for some other activities after finishing the trial.
The long distances of 50 or 75 km are recommended for people who have experience in hiring or at least who constantly are exercising or promoting active lifestyle. These distances will take much longer and require more physical strength and maintaining a fast pace and not having the experience or the right clothing can lead to injuries and muscle aches.
Backpack and Clothing for Long Distances
If rainy weather is expected, choose a backpack with integrated moisture protection. If it is not available, a special rain cover for the backpack can be very useful. The most important items such as documents, money, or phone should be placed in airtight bag. If hot weather is forecast, choose a backpack that has a mesh on the back to reduce sweating. It is recommended to have your first aid kit. If you are allergic to something, you have to take your usual medication. Do forget to have carry patches, bandages, painkillers.
The same air rule applies to clothing. If cold and rainy weather is forecast, put pants, a jacket, or a raincoat in your backpack. Beginner hikers often make the mistake of dressing too warmly or picking up too much clothing. If it is hot outside, take a T-shirt with short sleeves, but do not forget warmer clothes in case you need to hike at night. The most important is to choose clothes made from natural materials. Do not forget to have a few pairs of socks.
When we move, we sweat, and we must restore the fluid balance. The longer distance is and the hotter weather is going to be, the more water you will need. Also, grab something sweet to eat, such as chocolate, dried fruit, or protein bars.