One of the best ways to de-stress, enjoy the spring sun and have a fun workout is to go on a hike! Hiking is a great activity to do with friends or family and will make you appreciate your city’s natural beauty. Hiking can burn up to 370 calories an hour and works almost every part of your body. But, before you go running off to the mountains, make sure you bring these necessary items!
First Aid Kit
Make sure you bring bandages, ankle braces, first aid cream, alcohol pads, pain reliever and any medication you take on a regular basis.
Pack your water in a strong, resealable plastic bottle. You will need at least a quart for a day-long hike and don’t forget to drink at regular intervals!
You never know what can happen when you go on a hike. If you get lost or get stuck in the dark, a flashlight will keep you safe and help you find a secure place to spend the night.
Bug Repellent/Sun Screen
Trails are always filled with pesky bugs. Spray yourself before going into the woods, and if you walk through water, be sure to spray yourself again. Also, you will be outside for a good amount of time. Protect your skin with an SPF of at least 20.
High-Energy Food Source
Hiking can take a toll on your body, especially if you’re not used to it. Make sure to keep your energy up and fuel your muscles with a packaged, high-energy food source. We recommend Gardenbar, a compact, healthy and filling food bar. It is the easiest way to get nine veggies, six whole grains, beans, legumes and nuts. It’s a square meal on the go, so make sure to pack a couple!
You don’t want to be constantly texting or talking on the phone while on a hike, but a cell phone may save your life if you happen to get lost or run into someone on the trail.
Pen and Paper
This isn’t as necessary as a cell phone or first aid kit, but being in nature may inspire you and you don’t want to miss your chance to become the next Edgar Allen Poe!