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HIKING FOR BEGINNERS ON A BUDGET

by kapil Mehta # Guest Blogger

Are you looking for a new hobby? Do you want to get in shape without spending too much money or time? Well, hiking might just be the answer! 

However, the beginning of everything is not always that smooth and fun. You are possibly wondering how to have the greatest hiking experience without going out of budget and what equipments you must prepare to ensure a safe trip

Understand your concern, we’ve composed this blog to give you a detailed guideline on hiking for beginners on a budget with many useful tips! Let’s dive in now!

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Go hiking with well-preparation!

Hiking Trip Preparing 

Hiking is a great way to get out of the house and enjoy nature, but it's not easy if you don't prepare. Without research into what gear will best suit your needs, as well as some planning beforehand-prepping for this adventure, can lead things from feeling like an enjoyable day hike into something much more difficult than expected!

Here are some important things that you might want to note down:

Do A Good Research

The beauty of hiking is that it can be done in so many different places and at any time. Thankfully, you have the opportunity to research your destination before going there! In addition to checking weather forecast sites for local conditions (always check these!), make sure to check the public restrooms along the trail. Here are a summarizes of all questions you must researches and concerning on:

  • Are there places that will sell food, water filters, or first aid kits at reasonable prices in case something happens on the trail? 

  • How much time do you have before leaving?

  • What animals do you need to be aware of during hiking?

  • What will the weather be like at the destination?

  • Is there any difficulty or danger at the destination?

Prepare Enough Gear

It’s always wise to bring a raincoat, compass, and map when hiking. You may have different gear depending on the type of hike you want to do. For instance, if it's wintertime, then wear layers instead of shorts and a T-shirt. Also, remember that some trails can get very muddy, so make sure your footwear has waterproofing!

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Some necessary equipment for hiking.

Note Down A Plan

It is always highly recommended that you have some specific plans for any adventures! Knowing where you want to start from as well as the end of the hike (or at least have one planned), etc., are some vital questions you must ask yourself before going on the trip. Still, do not forget to inform someone about this trip, especially if you plan to go far away/long-distance. 

Useful Items For The Best Hiking Experience

  • Sneakers or hiking boots 

  • Fundamental hiking clothes (lightweight hoodies, convertible pants, thermal leggings, dry-fit shirts, durable raincoat)

  • A backpack (we recommend you choosing a compact one for more comfortable while hiking)

  • Walking sticks (if you feel they’re necessary)

  • A hat

  • Bug repellent and sunscreen 

  • Toilet paper ( It is best to opt for a biodegradable one)

  • Emergency blankets

  • Water and food

  • Hiking first aid kit

  • Binoculars

  • Camera ( in case you love taking photos)

  • A map

  • A compass

 

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Hiking for beginners on a budget!

Hiking For Beginners On A Budget

Hiking is becoming more and more popular, but many people are still unaware of the costs involved.

Before committing yourself fully to hiking as your latest passion project (and before starting any new adventures), take these budget-friendly steps and advise into consideration:

  1. Ask For Advice From Friends

Hiking is a great way to get out of the city and into nature. However, it's not easy getting your hands on some new clothes or shoes, but luckily we have one solution for all these problems: borrowing! Call up friends who are likely already equipped in their department and borrow some vital hiking equipment; just make sure they are all clean before you return them to the owner!

  1. Thrifts Stores -Why not?

It may be a surprise to know that you can find some great hiking gear at your local thrift store for half the price!

  1. Rent

With the rise in the popularity of camping and hiking, many parks now offer gear renting. This can be a really cost-effective way to try out these hobbies without spending too much money on equipment. Still, after you've had your fun with it once or twice, it is highly recommended that you purchase these items!

  1. Pack Some Typical Food

It is unnecessary to prepare expensive food from those shops or retailers. Most of the time, you already have what it takes with just apples and nuts! Pack a sandwich that will last long on an adventure - like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

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Prepare enough water!

  1. Pay A Visit To The Dollar Store - Why not?

There are some good deals to be found at your local discount variety store. First Aid Kits, Socks, and Matches can all be picked up for just $1! Don’t worry about name brands either; get what you need without the fuss!

  1. Your Phone

You don't need to spend a lot of money on expensive GPS gadgets when you can get all the tech right there on your phone. Most smartphones these days come equipped with compasses, offline maps, and emergency communication apps. So, just skip out on those costly GPS gadgets!

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An enjoyable hiking trip.

Last Words

Hiking is a great way to get outside, enjoy the fresh air, and take in some of nature's most beautiful sites. It can also be a budget-friendly pastime if you plan accordingly! 

Here are a few hiking tips for beginners on a budget that will help make your next hike more enjoyable: Start by identifying what type of trails interest you most (such as mountainous terrain, forested areas, or lakeside vistas) so that you have an idea where to go during your hikes. You'll likely need to purchase maps from local retailers or tourist information centers before heading out into unfamiliar territory. Consequently, when choosing gear such as backpacks and shoes, look for Dinosaurized!



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About kapil Mehta Senior   # Guest Blogger

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Created on Nov 16th 2021 07:54. Viewed 301 times.

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