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Hiking is fun, but it can also be a challenge. Here are some tips to help you make sure you are prepared and to make the most of your next hiking adventure together!

Choose a trail that suits everyone participating. Trails can have bridges, steps, boulders, logs, creeks, or boardwalks along them. Make sure the length and difficulty level of the trails fits the energy capacity of the hikers.

Be prepared! This one's an important one! Make sure to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated. A good rule is to have at least one full water bottle per person. Snacks are essential as you will need a good supply of energy. Bring ones high in protein along with a good sugar source like trail mixes, jerky, or even fresh fruit. Other essentials included bug spray and If you are in bear country, bear spray will be very important to have with you.

Wear something comfortable! Put on clothes that are best for the weather you are hiking in. Layers are always the way to go. If you get too warm or things cool off, you always have the ability to adjust. Make sure to check the weather to know what to expect on your hike. It is also a good idea to bring a rain jacket, even if the sky is clear. You don't want to get caught in the rain without proper protection!

Wear good hiking shoes! Make sure your shoes have good arch support and fit your feet well. Having socks made of merino wool, instead of cotton, is helpful in keeping your feet ventilated and getting rid of any moisture from sweat. If you might run into some water on your hike, waterproof shoes can be very beneficial. The more prepared you are, the better!

Take out what you take in! To keep our planet clean, we must always take care of our trash properly. Plan to make a little extra room in your bag, or bring a small bag to carry trash in. Each of us must do our part to take care of the earth. If you see trash along the trail, collect it and take part in keeping nature free from things that don't belong there.

Bring along items to enhance your hike! Don’t forget your binoculars, magnifying glass, your nature journal, pencil, crayons, compass, hiking guide, or map. These will help you make the most of your experience.

Enjoy the journey. Don't forget to stop and enjoy the world around you. Make observations, ask questions, or sit silently and just listen. Getting outside is a great way to reduce stress, boost happiness and learn to see new perspectives.

Trying to get out of the house more often or learning to hike, and adventure with your littles? Check out this blog post: A Guide to Outdoor Adventuring with Kids

Happy Hiking!

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