Spring is almost upon us! It’s time to start shedding those layers of sweaters and bad decisions from over the holidays and get outside for some sunny activities. One of my favorite springtime activities is hiking. It’s not too hot, not too cold, the leaves are turning green, and everyone’s out and about again. If you live somewhere near some hills our mountains, it’s the perfect free workout you can do any day. To help you get started, I’ve put together a little hiking survival guide so you can make the most out of your journey.
Step 1: Cute Workout Gear
Check! Thanks to Repeat Possessions, I’m sporting my favorite Nikibiki Sport Abstract Capris! They have a perfectly placed zipper on the side for your credit card, key, or any other little things you need to bring along with you. Living in Southern California, I’m not one to wear full pants on a hike in the sun all day. The moisture wicking material mixed with the shorter length of the capri is the perfect happy medium in keeping me comfortable all day.
Step 2: Provisions!
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Bring plenty of water and snacks! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on a hike and been suddenly overcome by the overwhelming sense of hunger. After all, there aren’t any restaurants on the trails and if I haven’t eaten for an hour I get hangry. Real talk. Depending on the length and intensity of your walk, I’d suggest at least 24 oz of water and some granola bars, dried fruit, or an apple. Stick with snacks that are going to give you energy without weighing you down.
Step 3: Sun Protection
Chances are you are hiking during the day, right? Right. Do yourself a favor and cover yourself in sunscreen before you leave and bring the bottle with you. Sunburns are the worst and can lead to skin cancer and premature aging. Be sure to apply sunscreen every few hours if you’re on a long hike, especially on your face and neck. Secondly, don’t forget your sunglasses! These aviator glasses will do the trick and come in a variety of colors to choose from.
Step 4: Be Safe!
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If you’re embarking on a long hike, especially one with a lack of cell service, bring a buddy! You’ll be there for each other if you get lost or injured. Let someone know when you’re leaving and when you expect to check in with them next. Another safety check- bring a portable phone charger with you. Between taking photos of the trail and anything else you might see on your way, it’s a good idea to have extra battery just in case.