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Top 10 Day Hiking Tips for Beginners

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When the weather is nice, there is nothing like getting up early and going for a nice long day hike. Chris and I have been hiking together since we started dating. From the easy hikes in our nearby national park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, to the challenging Rainbow Mountain hike, we’ve got plenty of day hiking tips for beginners. 

From what to wear to what to bring with you (hint: So much WATER!), here are the top things you’ll want to know before going on a longer day hike. 

Which day hikes do you love? What hiking tips for beginners do you have? Let us know in the comments or message us on Twitter @wwhoneymoon, Instagram @worldwidehoneymoon, or email [email protected]

woman jumping after her day hike

Time Stamps Day Hiking Tips for Beginners:

  • 0:19- Intro
  • 0:37- Updates/chat
  • 4:08- Highlight of the week
  • 8:57- Topic intro
  • 11:23- #1 of the day hiking tips for beginners: Know your body
  • 16:19- #2: Look for the hidden gems
  • 20:45- #3: Pack enough water and snacks!
  • 26:37- #4: Know the details of your route (i.e. distance, elevation, environment, difficulty)
  • 29:47- #5: What to pack and wear for your day hike
  • 34:27- #6: Bring a map and/or compass
  • 36:52- #7: What to do about those inevitable “pit stops”
  • 40:08- #8: Hike earlier in the day
  • 42:37- #9: Respect the environment
  • 43:59- #10 of the day hiking tips for beginners: Treat yourself after that challenging hike!
  • 45:42- Wrap up

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