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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.
Table of Contents
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
Helpful Links and Further Reading:
- Helpful tools for planning a hike:
- What to Pack:
- Day hiking backpack (We love our Osprey Hikelite)
- Water (we love this 3L bladder for a hiking backpack, a Lifestraw water bottle, or a Nalgene water bottle)
- Electrolytes (Nuun Sport Hydration Electrolyte tablets)
- Snacks (nuts, trail mix, granola bars, PB&Js, pickles, bread, etc.)
- Body Glide (to prevent chafing while wearing shorts)
- Bug spray
- Tick key (to get those ticks off)
- Navigation (i.e. map, compass, guidebook). We love our Garmin Fenix 5 for its compass and hiking tools.
- Toilet paper (do NOT leave behind) and a plastic bag to take it with you
- Pibella Female Urination Device
- Headlamp for hiking in the dark/sunrise
- Flashlight if you’d prefer that over a headlamp
- Hand sanitizer
- What to Wear:
- Podcast episodes:
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