Preparing for Your First Long Distance Hike

Do you love the smell of fresh, mountain air? Does the thought of sleeping under the stars fill you with joy? Can you see yourself exploring dense forests and rocky hillsides for days on end? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time to plan a long distance hike! But if you have never done an extended hike, you might be wondering what sort of preparation you will need before you head out on your journey. Here are some things to think about when getting ready for your next hiking adventure.

Get Assistance

Long distance hiking takes a lot of time, energy, and planning; if this is your first time hiking in British Columbia, it might be a good idea to try a guided hike. Companies like BCA Tours offer camping tours and trekking tours where you can experience the excitement of the outdoors alongside trained professionals. Learning from seasoned hiking pros is a great way to pick up tips and stay safe on your trip!

Grab Your Gear

Once you have decided that you will be hiking in British Columbia, keep a notepad handy since there are many necessary items to bring on your excursion, so it helps to have a running list where you can jot things down as you think of them. Water bottles, a tent, and a spare blanket are all essential items for any hiker, but you may have items that are specific to your needs, like prescription medications or your favorite good luck charm!

Do Your Research

Spend plenty of time gathering information before your hike; online research is a great way to pick up tips and learn about hiking opportunities in your area, and you can look for stories from other hikers about their experience with long hikes and outdoor adventure tours. Make sure to start your research early it never hurts to be overly prepared!

No matter where, when, or how you decide to hike, careful prep and planning is always the safest way to do it. Now, get out there and have fun!

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