5 Hiking Tips for Non-Hikers

16 Oct 2015

Hello beauties 🙂

Today I wanted to share with you all some pictures that are long overdue, and 5 hiking tips for non-hikers in case you all are looking to do some hiking this fall. The fall is the perfect time to go for a hike because the heat has died down, making it much more manageable than during the summer, and if you’re lucky, you might live in a place with foliage (not looking at you, LA)! If heading out for a fall hike, it’s important to always be prepared, especially if you are new to hiking and aren’t quite as familiar with your body’s needs.

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  1. Bring a granola bar and/or nuts. Even if you’re only going on a 1 or 2 mile hike, it’s important to bring a snack in case your blood sugar drops. Hiking is a full-body cardio activity, and the elevation adds an extra strain on your body and blood. While you may not expect to need food, the worst feeling is being on top of a mountain and craving that extra boost of energy to get through the rest of the hike. Also whenever exercising outdoors, it’s important to be prepared in case you take an unfamiliar route and end up being out longer than expected.
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  2. Pack a light, weather-proof backpack. I always struggle with whether or not to take a backpack on a hike because sometimes I just want to grab a water bottle and go. The backpack is essential because it allows you to keep extra snacks and water with you at all times, and it will protect any electronics from unexpected weather problems. Even if there’s 0% chance of rain, it’s nice to know your phone is safe and not tucked away in your sweaty body somewhere as well. Don’t want to ruin your phone before the top-of-the-hike snapchat 🙂
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  3. Do your research and pick the trail that’s right for you. This is important because you may find yourself overestimating how long you’ll want to spend on the hike, and that’s okay! If this is one of your first hikes, pick a relatively easy hike (there are tons of ratings on hiking websites) and stick to 1-3 miles. Especially if it’s hot outside, this will give you a chance to figure out your abilities and what you can handle.  If you aren’t sure or you’re somewhat experienced with hiking, there’s a ton of mountains with multiple trails so you can decide when you get there and feel it out!
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  4. Hike with a friend. Many people enjoy hiking alone, which is perfect if the trail is easily accessible from the city or if you are an experienced hiker. When starting out though, I always recommend bringing a friend because like I’ve been saying, hikes can go exactly as planned or they can surprise you with unknown twists and turns. Not to scare you away, but there are definitely risks associated with exercising in nature, so bring a buddy to know that you won’t be alone in discovering the adventure ahead. Besides, if you hike alone, who is going to take your top-of-the-mountain yoga and jumping pics?? 🙂
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  5. Bring a fully charged cell phone and camera. The cell phone is important for directions, calling someone if you need help, tracking your progress or just making sure you have a resource in case anything happens. If you are running a bunch of apps on your hike and the service is spotty, the battery will die much more quickly than you expect. Make sure to fully charge your phone, quit all unnecessary apps and bring a portable, battery-powered charger. Especially if you have a portable charger, don’t forget to look into the many hiking apps available. And of course, don’t forget the camera to take pretty pictures of your experience and tag me on IG, of course!

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I hope these tips help you if you decide to do a little hiking this fall! Also a big thank you to Carbon 38 for the super cute clothes featured in this post. Make sure to check out my other post with my full Carbon 38 photoshoot spread, plus some of my favorite ab and butt exercises. Let me know what you think <3

xo Nikki

P.S. Stop by Carbon 38 and use my discount code NikkiSharp50 to get money off your purchase 🙂

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