As the seasons start shifting from a bright summer to a more moody fall, taking a hike through nature grows more bearable. Once the dreadful heat fades, taking in the fresh fall air can be an energizing adventure. Whether it’s a quick afternoon trip at a nature reserve, or a full-day excursion through a serious hiking trail, choosing the right supplies is a must. You do not want to find yourself in a tight spot out in the wilds without the proper tools.
So, we’ve prepared a quick checklist for when you can no longer abide the itch for adventure. It goes without saying that if you have any individual health needs, such as a bee allergy, then your priority is the proper medication.
Prioritize Sleep Before A Hike
First, before you even begin thinking about heading into the wild, you need a full night’s sleep. When the sun beats down on you, fatigue starts creeping up. Be sure to have at least 8-10 hours of sleep the night before your planned expedition. Sleep is of the utmost importance for health, recovery, and overall mood.
Always Bring Water
Another absolute necessity, water should always be first packed. Either bring a reusable water bottle or camelback for your trek. On average, the human body needs between 2.5 to 3.5 liters of water a day, so plan appropriately. If you were so inclined, you could also bring a Colorado Cures CBD Tincture with you. A few drops of CBD into your water and you’re ready to enjoy your time in the sun.
Map Out Your Hike
Perhaps the map and compass combination strike you like a little old-fashioned. However, the GPS functions in our phones sometimes fail in keeping up with our adventures. If you’re taking a stroll through nature, familiarizing yourself with the surrounding area keeps you safe. Especially if you feel tempted to wander off the established trails as we do.
Wearing Sunglasses and Sunscreen On Your Hike
Wearing sunglasses on a bright day seems pretty obvious to most of us. Nonetheless, many people neglect the importance of sunscreen. Too much exposure to the sun can damage our skin. UV rays penetrate the epidermis, the outermost layer of skin, and start passing into the deeper layers. When faced with too much exposure, the inner layers of our skin can suffer permanent harm.
Rope And Knife
Indeed, you may not necessarily use a rope for a three or four-hour excursion. In reality, you never know how much you need rope until you don’t have it. Some say that entire wars have been won and lost because someone didn’t bring enough rope. Even if that particular idiom turns out exaggerated, the importance of rope can never be overvalued. Especially when it is made from Hemp.
Similarly, Knives serve a million uses. In a tight spot, a knife helps with first-aid, self-defense, or even just cutting a rope.
Headlamp And Flashlight
Of course, nobody desires getting lost in the woods at night. We all do our best every single day to not end up stranded out in complete darkness. However, if the worst does happen, then proper preparation can turn a disaster into an inconvenience. Also, bringing a headlamp or flashlight creates an opportunity to splunk the occasional cave.
Lastly, and most important with certainty, first-aid supplies should always be within reach. A basic first-aid kit should include the basics of bandaging such as skin closures, gauze pads and dressings, wrap, and tape. In addition, the basics require treatment options. A topical antibiotic, antiseptic, non-prescription painkillers and anti-inflammatory, antidiarrheal, and antihistamine tablets are all non-negotiable. Finally, you should also bring blister prevention and tweezers, sometimes a knife can work in a pinch. Of course, the best course of action is to always take the steps necessary to avoid needing first aid in the first place.