25 Essential Hiking Tips Every Beginner Should Know

Posted by , Updated on November 8, 2017


Take note of these hiking tips if you’ve never hiked before. Hiking is a great hobby and it doesn’t take much to go out and get started. However, there are a few things you should know if you plan on doing some longer term treks. From the weather and your clothing to first aid and food, these are 25 essential hiking tips every beginner should know.


If you are relying on a fire at any point during your overnight stay, gather wood. Once you think you have enough, gather 5 times more.

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There’s a saying that says “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”. Be prepared for anything, especially rain.

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Unless you have a reason to pack light (ultralight hiking, etc), bring an extra of anything important. As some survivalists say “two is one, one is none”

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Always let somebody who is not on your trip know where you are going and when you will be back. That way, if you don’t return on time they can call for help.

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For most places, you will want some bugspray.

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