3 Smart Tips for First-Time Hikers

Hikers and backpackersDid you know that in the past 12 months, there were about 47.2 million people across the U.S. who went hiking or backpacking? That’s amazing, isn't it? It’s great to know that more people across the country are discovering a love affair with the outdoors. 

If you’re planning to join these millions of hikers, here are some tips to get started. Alpenwild.com and other experts noted to keep these in mind if you’re hiking in Switzerland (or any other location) for the first time.

Don’t skip training

Like any other sporting activity, you need to train for hiking. This doesn’t mean that you need to go on a hike before you tackle your desired trail. What’s important is you get in shape for the hike itself. It's a physically and mentally challenging activity after all. You need to train your legs and increase your stamina. If you don’t know where to start, you can do some cardio exercises and then focus on leg exercises.

Stay hydrated and fed

When hiking, your water jug is probably the heaviest thing you’ll have to carry but it's an essential item to bring. Staying hydrated is important before, during, and after the hike. You may feel like not eating before the hike, but it's important that you stay fed and hydrated. Bring healthy snacks with you, such as trail mix, energy bars, whole grain tortillas, meat jerky, and granola bars.

Check the weather

You need to dress for the weather, as well. It's important to check the weather forecasts a few hours before you go. If there’s a chance of rain, you need to be prepared for it. Download those apps and use them to check the weather situation.

It's also important to choose the right trail for you, especially if you're a beginner and have not hiked before at all. If you’re going with a group, coordinate and ask for more tips so you can be prepared for what could be an adventure of the year!