I know a lot of you are probably thinking about going on a hike this weekend. It's a great way to spend the Memorial Day holiday with friends — heck, even hiking alone can be a good time! My favorite rewards for going on a hike are the breathtaking views, and since there are often challenging climbs, it makes for a great workout — an hour of hiking can burn 355 calories! After filling your pack with essentials, review these hiking dos and don'ts before heading out onto the trail.
Do your best to hike with friends. It's much safer than hiking alone, and more fun too!
Research the trail and area before heading out so you know what to expect.
Make sure to pack snacks, water, a cell phone, and a map or GPS device. Also bring along rain gear, extra layers, and your ID.
Tell people where you'll be. If anything happens to you, you want people to know where to look.
Always stick to the trail. It keeps you and the natural habitat safe.
If you need to go "number one," do so far away from the trail and any natural water sources. If you need to go "number two," dig a hole first and cover it when you are done. Carry toilet paper with you, or use a leaf to wipe — just make sure it's not poisonous!
Don't wear new hiking boots on an epic hike. You will end up with painful blisters.
Don't disturb animals or their homes. Be a quiet observer and take a few pics if you want.
Don't pick flowers or other plants.
Don't blare loud music or talk too loudly. Fellow hikers come to enjoy the quietness of nature so be respectful. (Unless of course you encounter a bear — then make as much noise as you can!)
Don't litter. Pack a small garbage bag so you can keep track of your trash and pick up after other messy hikers.
Don't stay on a trail that is too difficult for you. It's more than OK to turn around.