Solo hiking is one of the great and life-changing experiences you will ever have. There is an endless number of benefits to hiking alone. As a solo hiker, you have complete freedom to hike whenever, wherever you want. And you can learn from your mistakes, you can process your thoughts and feelings more deeply. And also you can grow as a person and find your inner peace.
HIKE SOMEWHERE YOU KNOW WELL
If you are hiking alone for the first time, you should Choose a familiar and popular hiking trail. For instance, you could hike locally, or you could visit a hiking path that you have traveled before. you don’t have to worry about the hike turning out to be boring because nature looks different every time you look at it.
CHECK THE WEATHER FORECAST BEFORE YOU SET-OFF
The weather could change within a matter of minutes, which can be very dangerous. So only looking out of the window isn’t enough. You have to check the weather forecast online to see predictions for later in the day or week. And also Checking the weather can also help you choose the right clothing for hiking.
PACK A RANGE OF SUPPLIES
Always take some food, some water, a map, and a first aid kit, a thick jumper, hiking poles, with you when you are hiking so that you are prepared for anything. You may also need to bring seasonal items, such as good quality rain gear. And also you have to buy good quality hiking boots or shoes. Don’t forget to Carry a whistle. Whistles are very useful if you get lost.
LET YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING
Plan where you’re going to go and leave all the information with someone responsible.
DON’T FORGET TO CARRY PROTECTION ITEMS
Think about what is your protection means against angry dogs wild animals, and also some kinds of evil people. Protection items like pepper spray, knife, emergency whistle.
Don’t forget to carry a fully charged cell phone, and make sure to have an offline map.
If you get lost while hiking,S.T.O.P
- S= Stay calm and be relaxed
- T= Think about what is the right path.
- O = Observe, Look for the landmarks and the footprints.
- P = Plan, If you know the route, plan how to go carefully.
- Or if you are unsure about the route, stay in one place. And use your whistle, and also other communication methods.