What Preparations Do You Need To Take For A Hike?

Oct 26 2014

catskill treesI really enjoy taking good care of my children. I always see to it that they never lack anything and instead they have whatever their tiny little hearts could possibly desire and more. I always want to make sure that they have everything they need, so that I will never have to regret being a neglectful parent. They have a lot of toys. They especially like playing with their game consoles, whatever those things are called. Naturally, they also have a smartphone, a tablet and a PC. How else can kid these days get along with the rest? But you see, all this neat stuff has also created a bit of a problem.

Today, children are much too spoiled. And mine have been spoiled rotten with all those electronics toys. They hardly ever get ouf of the house anymore. And this is one of the things that bothers me the most about this modern day lifestyle that we are collectively living. The tendency to look each other up and have face to face time has gone down. And we do not seem to have time for getting outside for some fresh air anymore. I might be a bit of a backwards person in the opinions of some, but it is truly my opinion that we should address this problem and educate our children about the need for getting some physical exercise outdoors. Nature can be a beautiful thing and we need to rekindle our love for mother nature if you ask me.

catskill sunriseAnd this is exactly the reason why I am taking my kids out into the woods the coming weekend. Naturally, I am bringing my SO as well. Now that I think of it, it has been quite a long time since I myself have had some fresh air. I really need to get outdoor more myself. The weather so far has been alright, despite the fact that it is already pretty late in the year. So me and my family are taking advantage of it by going camping. If we wait another few weeks, it will certainly become too cold and there will be nothing enjoyable about it.

You will have to make plenty of preparations if you want to hang around in the wild for a few days without becoming too uncomfortable. If you do not want something to go wrong while cutting yourself off from modern life, you have to make sure to plan out your trip as completely as you possibly can.

1. Make sure to get good shoes for a big walk.

I was reading up on a website called the Boot Bomb, from which I really learned a whole lot. It is very important that you get yourself a good pair of boots for walking. I am suffering from a condition known as plantar fasciitis. So for that reason, it is very important for me to have the right type of hiking shoes, that will help me manage this condition. My SO is bringing a sturdy pair of boots himself. He still had those lying around from when he was still serving Uncle Sam. That was a long time ago.

You will have to get good footwear or suffer the consequences. We are suffering from a condition known as flat feet, and this only makes us more susceptible to conditions such as plantar fasciitis. We have made it a habit to get good insoles with every pair of shoes that we buy, otherwise we will simply not have the support we require when we walk. You do not want to get stuck with an inflamed plantar fascia.

This family takes footwear very seriously. I made sure to purchase the best hiking shoes I could find especially for this outdoor weekend trip. My children were already walking around on good shoes, so I did not bother to buy them new ones as well.

2. Make sure to bring enough food and drinks with you.

catskill sceneryAlways be sure to bring enough for eating. Don’t bring junk foods such as canned hamburgers, mars bars and other kinds of crap that is unhealthy. A multi day stay in the woods is going to be a tad bit demanding on your body, and you need to put some good nutrients inside of it. Good foods will be rich in all the macro nutrients, these are ofcourse… carbo hydrates, proteins and fatty acids. So make sure to bring along all the healthy and nutricious foods that your body might want, because it’s going to be quite a ride and your body can’t function on refined sugars.

You have to be taking all sorts of healthy stuff with you that is easy to conserve, such as dried abricots, dried prunes, dried bananas and maybe even beef jerky. But if you happen to be taking a cool box with you, then you could also bring along apples, pears, tangerines and other kinds of fruits. Another great thing to take with you are granola bars. These are easy to conserve and have long expiry dates. They are compact and will give you loads of energy that will keep you on your feet for miles on end. Another option is to bring nuts, which also do not go spoiled easily. Raisins are also a personal favorite of mine. The best thing about nuts is that they are extremely high caloric. A few hands of nuts will keep a grown man going for a whole afternoon. It’s no wonder they stuff some nuts into granola bars.

Beef jerky, which I had mentioned earlier, is always a big favorite with the kids. And I kind of like it too. The kid inside me has a few beef jerkies every once in a while.

3. Create a big list of survival stuff and pick what you need.

catskill roadYou will have to bring loads of equipment for a camping trip to the woods. I could easily break this down into a list of dozens and dozens of times. But I am running out of time here.

To make a long story short, you can think of things such as compasses, maps, rain clothing, first aid kits, lighters, sleeping bags and tents. And this is just a small list of things you could possibly take with you.

Whenever and wherever you are going… make sure that you have planned the trip well in advance. You don’t want to arrive on the spot and then notice you forgot the sleeping bags or the tent. Or any other essential item for that matter. That would totally spoil your trip!

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