Essential Tips Every Girl Must Know Being Out In The Wilderness.
By Meredith Hayes
Hiking has become a popular way of spending our leisure time. However, women not so seldom face a hostile scenario when they are alone on the trail.
There is a belief that a woman can’t survive on a more problematic hiking routes. Is that true? Everything depends on how you prepare yourself before starting off.
Today we will share several important and handy suggestions on how to prep yourself for the best trip of your life!
What to Consider Before Setting Off
If you want your journey to be safe and pleasant, don’t brush off the basic requirements that will make the whole route a nice experience instead of turning it into a nightmare that you’d like to never experience again.
Your hiking supplies are your best friends on the way, remember that. Before setting off, make sure that everything works and fits perfectly. Your tent, sleeping bag, backpack, stove, and water filter, everything must be 100% functioning! Remember to take a compass, too.
By the way, knowing how much time it takes you to walk a mile can help to calculate the comfortable daily distance.
Clothing and footwear
Boots must fit you perfectly since you won’t last long with injured feet. Never start the journey wearing brand-new boots that were not worn before! If you did buy a new pair, use them for a while before putting on yourself on the route. Otherwise, you will not escape bruises and callosities on your aching feet.
Proper clothing that fits the weather, that is well ventilated, fast-drying, and breathable is also a must. It refers to underwear, too!
There will be no toilet and shower rooms on the trail so make sure that you have all you will need to provide your body with proper care.
Pay attention, though, that those hygiene supplies must not be heavy, otherwise, you can easily add a couple of extra kilos to the already heavy backpack. And that’s you who will be carrying all this!
What to think of when packing for a trip? Menstrual supplies, pee funnel (if you’re planning to hike on very cold or rainy weather), and pee rag, and of course, teeth care items like toothbrush and paste.
Of course, you must not be trembling with fear all the way but still, having basic safety supplies can be very helpful so don’t neglect those. Take a safety whistle, a bear spray, personal location beacon, and, just in case, a pepper gas for self-protection.
Some experienced hikers advise ladies to take a fixed-blade knife and attach it to the belt so that it could be properly seen. It can make unwanted visitors think twice before approaching you.
On the road, you must always be prepared for any unexpected, stressful, or unpleasant situations.
- Don’t camp within one mile of a road/trailhead, on or near the game trail. Instead, choose established campsites.
- If meeting someone who you don’t feel secure about, don’t tell this person where you’re going or where you’re camping. Just make an excuse and leave those people confidently without starting any talks. It’s also not recommended for a solo female hiker to stop for a night with unknown people and especially share alcohol drinks with them. Be careful!
- Before you set off, check whether any big wild animals or poisonous snakes live in the area you’ll be walking through. If they do, pass that territory with a group of other hikers for protection, and learn how to store the food and how to act when facing a wild bear, cougar, or a snake.
- Carry a detailed map with you, a GPS, and a compass to not get lost. If you’re going on the long route, check from where you could simply go back to civilization in case of severe injury or sickness.
Be ready physically
Last but not least is to be well-trained physically. Of course, it depends on the length of the trail, but if you’re going far, being in good shape is a must.
To be ready, do cardio workouts, train hiking with a weighted backpack (yours could be 30 kg or more!), and resistance workouts to strengthen the whole body.
And of course, before you head to the long trip, start with several short (1-2 days) trips to get used to such sort of activity.
Some solo hiking ladies suggest even to take a short training on self-defence and learn how to use a knife for defending yourself. And even though we would not say it is a mandatory requirement, knowing such things would be more than suitable if you are going on the long trip that will take several days, especially if you will be located in an isolated area where you could hardly get help from other hikers.
Be safe and take care!
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