Hiking Know-How

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What should I do to prepare for hiking?

Hiking Know-How

One of the most popular campground activities is hiking. There are some things you should know before you hike, especially if you haven't hiked in a while, or aren't in tip-top physical condition.

  • Know your physical condition and don't push yourself over your physical limits. If you don't walk or hike regularly, it isn't realistic to plan a 6-hour hike the first day you arrive in camp.
  • Take a short, easy hike if you haven't hiked in a while.
  • For longer hikes, begin a walking and exercise program before your trip to build up your physical conditioning.
  • Wear comfortable hiking boots or walking shoes and be sure to break them in before you go camping.
  • Wear two pairs of socks, a lighter one inside and a heavier one outside, to help prevent blisters.
  • Always carry a first-aid kit and water when you hike.
  • Wear a hat to protect you from heat loss, sunburn, and insects.



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