Break away from the daily routine, discovering nature and exercising at your own pace.
Hiking is a great way to break away from the daily routine by discovering nature and exercising at your own pace. And with a little preparation, it is an activity that is within everyone's reach. As a bonus, it promotes better physical and mental health. It's really quite simple: ask friends or family members to join you, choose a trail, grab your gear, and get some fresh air!
As a rule of thumb, jeans and clothing made entirely of cotton aren’t your best choice for outdoor activities. Cotton absorbs moisture, cools the skin and dries slowly. However, a blend of cotton and synthetic fabrics or wool may be appropriate for short, easy hikes where you're not planning to break too much of a sweat. If you plan to hike longer and tackle more technical trails, choose breathable, stretchy, quick-drying attire, and shoes or boots designed to stabilize and support your feet and ankles. Proper footwear will also provide protection from debris and minimize the risk of sprains.
Always check the weather forecast before hitting the trails. If you decide to venture out on a mountainside, keep in mind that weather conditions can change in the blink of an eye. Plus, temperature swings on any given day can be considerable. Fall is the ideal season for hiking: colors are striking, light is fantastic, bugs have disappeared and crowds have retreated. What's more, mornings are cool, while afternoons are nice and warm. To stay comfortable through changing weather conditions, you can count on the multi-layer system!
When layering, you should wear a base, middle and outer layer.
The base layer wicks away moisture
The middle layer serves as insulation
The outer layer serves as a protection against the weather
The multi-layer system is designed to keep you warm and dry during outdoor activities. You can add or remove layers when you get too hot or cold to adjust your comfort. This will allow you to play sports in a variety of weather conditions.
Having your children participate in planning the outing is a great way to motivate them.
Explain the route clearly, set goals and take frequent breaks. Once on the trail, help them visualize the distance you've travelled on a map. On the way home, talk through what they liked and disliked so that you can better plan future outings.
☐ Hiking boots or shoes
☐ Hat or cap
☐ Fleece sweater
☐ Lightweight breathable waterproof jacket
☐ Pants or shorts
☐ Breathable underwear
☐ T-shirt or long sleeve jersey
☐ Backpack (capacity of 20 to 30 L) for a few hours or a day hike
☐ Walking poles
☐ Altimeter (an instrument for measuring altitudes)
☐ Compass or GPS
☐ Trail Map
Water and food
☐ Water bottle
☐ Insulated bottle
Health and safety
☐ Lighter or matches
☐ Lip balm
☐ Sun cream
☐ Mosquito repellent
☐ Flashlight or headlamp
☐ Toilet paper
☐ Duct tape
☐ Garbage bag to bring back garbage
☐ First Aid Kit