Many people spend time outdoors to take a break and relax, reconnect with themselves, and reduce stress and anxiety. Hiking is a great activity for those who want to reconnect with themselves, especially if you are going solo. You can do whatever you need and decide at your own pace. Lone hikers say it’s an experience of a lifetime.
Although being alone outdoors is an amazing experience, it is a very unpredictable place, which is why it is essential that you put your safety first.
Follow these safety tips for your first solo hike:
Choose the right track
No matter what hiking experience you have in your bag – for your first solo hike, it is important that you choose a well marked, well traveled trail with conditions and terrain that are well suited to your abilities.
It is important to choose a trail near your area or one that you have hiked before. For the first time, you may want to avoid a trail that is too exposed or that crosses rivers.
Let someone know about your trip
One of the biggest challenges you may have to prepare for is getting lost. That’s why it’s so important that you let someone you trust know everything about your business – where your trail is, how long the hike is, when you’ll be back, and other important details.
Also be sure to take the necessary equipment in case you get lost like a whistle, communication device, chalk etc.
Consult the weather forecast
Clear skies are the perfect weather for your first solo hiking experience. While hiking in the rain can be fun, you will be more prone to accidents which is not ideal if you are alone. So take the weather into account when planning your trip and always dress in layers to be prepared in case the weather changes.
The goal when hiking is to pack an ultralight pack as you will be carrying all the weight on your back all the time. However, don’t skimp on the essentials. Make sure you bring enough food, snacks, and water. Bring a flashlight / headlamp, basic first aid supplies, and extra clothing.
Stay on the trail and trust your instincts
Never go off the trail, even if you think you are going for a shortcut or a more scenic route. Follow the trail and watch the markers to help you become more familiar with the trail. Whenever you are not feeling well or come across something / someone that makes you uncomfortable, feel free to turn around or go to safety.
Keep in mind these essential safety tips for your first solo hike for an enjoyable experience that will make you want to go again!