You know the saying “everyone makes mistakes”.
Yeah. It happens.
But when it happens during hiking, boy that sure isn’t fun!
This article covers some common hiking mistakes that you should definitely avoid.
1. Bringing the wrong equipment
From sleeping bags that aren’t warm enough to hiking shoes that quickly soak in a ton of water, bringing the wrong equipment while hiking is a big no-no.
You should be aware that each hiking trip will be slightly different than the last, so always be prepared and think ahead of your trip.
2. Carrying too much weight
It’s easy to misjudge how much load you’re going to carry with you on your excursion, and one of the biggest issues you’ll face is carrying a heavy load whilst hiking.
Yes, your back will ache – especially during long hikers and up uneven or difficult terrain.
The best way to solve this issue is by trying to pack light while ensuring you have your necessities in tact.
It also helps if you’ve bought the right pack, so if you’re unsure, check out the best hiking backpacks.
3. Forgetting to check the weather forecast
Some people like surprises, but we guarantee that a sudden rainstorm isn’t one of them.
Check the weather forecasts each day, and even check while planning your trip so that you’re fully prepared for the weather conditions.
It can be easy to forget this with all the adrenaline that’s pumping when you’re planning your hike, but do your research so that you won’t have an unpleasant surprise of bad weather.
4. Being overconfident
This one goes for first-time hikers – especially if the hike itself is quite intense.
You have to train properly if you want to perform well on the trails, so even if you think you’re physically capable, do some training before rushing in to your hike.
We have so many funny stories of hikers that claimed to be absolutely fine during their first hike because they work out etc, and then start complaining about how their feet hurt and that they want to take regular breaks!
Be humble and train before your hike and you’ll be fine.
5. Skipping breakfast
This is a huge mistake that many hikers still make because they want to reach their destinations at a certain time.
The problem is, your body will perform much worse if you don’t have breakfast.
After all, it is the most important meal of the day.
So please remember to have breakfast with some high-energy and nutritious foods, as well as liquids to stay hydrated.