Hiking is fun and enriching, but you need the right type of Woodland shoes, the perfect clothing and a lot of other essentials to make it a true success.
Hiking is one of the best activities you can be a part of. It gives you good exercise, puts you front and centre in natural surroundings, and gets your adrenaline going.
Do read our easy primer on preparing yourself for your next hike –
* Pick the shoes first.
Your footwear constitutes the most important part of what you wear for a hiking trip. The shoes bear the brunt of the terrain, carry your weight over difficult trails, brave the weather conditions, and keep your feet protected.
The shoes you pick depend on a variety of factors: the duration of the hike, the weather conditions there (whether dry terrain or snowy or wet), if you are used to hiking or are a beginner (in which case the shoes must offer adequate arch and heel support), whether they are ankle boots or not, etc. You can easily find hiking Woodland shoes
, but pick a type that is light and with a super flexible but thick sole. Stay away from floaters, chappals and flip flops – these spell murder on your feet and calf muscles when you go hiking. If the terrain is snowy or if you are about to wade through water bodies, then heavier Woodland shoes that lace up above the ankles and which have a waterproof body material are best.
Do ensure that the shoes have a breathable body and that you can dry them easily in case they are wet. Never go hiking in shoes that have water on the inside, or the dampness may cause infections.
* Now pick your clothing.
Now that you’ve bought your Woodland shoes for hiking, it is time to focus on your clothing. It is obvious that light, comfortable clothing is important for a good hike. Resist the temptation to wear denim jeans, because denim takes a long time to dry and it can make the skin hot as well. Also avoid clothing like skirts, frocks and skinny fit trousers.
Hiking can get quite challenging in some terrain, where you will encounter not just natural phenomena but animals and insects as well. Make sure you wear pastel shades in loose cotton clothing – the clothes should not cling to the body and must allow air circulation. When hiking in hot weather conditions, a loose cotton tee paired with multiple pocket shorts or cargo pants is ideal. If the hike is in a mosquito-infested area, then pick full sleeved clothing and pants that are long enough to cover the tops of your boots and ankles. Dri-Fit clothing that one normally wears to the gym or to go running, is ideal in wet and windy conditions.
Always pack extra clothing to account for delays in returning from your hike, or a fall that tears or stains your clothing, etc.
* Other essentials in your gear.
Your Woodland shoes and clothing is sorted, so it’s time to pack your rucksack with other important items. Don’t overload your bag – carrying a heavy backpack on a hiking trail is not ideal, because it can stress out the shoulders and back – but do pack in important items like maps, mosquito and bug repellent, water bottle, energy drink, phone charger, camera, dry snacks, etc. If you have a medical condition, please visit your doctor prior to going on the hike so that you can get clearance to make the trip. Do carry emergency medication for food poisoning, allergies, fever and cold, etc.