Hiking or Trekking in the mountains might seem straightforward with the right amount of training and preparation, however, it is fairly easy to overlook the little things.
Here are some tips from us, to help you better prepare your hiking trip!
#1 Cut Your Toenails
This might seem ridiculous to some but this is by far the best tip I can give you. Imagine having long toenails rubbing against your hiking boots for hours, ouch! This can lead to severe discomfort, abrasion on your toes, and your nails cutting through your socks. In more serious cases, your toenail can drop off as a result of bruising and damage to the nail bed.
Your feet are going to be carrying you throughout the entire hike/trek, it is really important to you take extra special care of them. I’m not suggesting a pedicure (though that will be really good as well...) but ensuring your toenails are cut is a good beginning! You can check out our blister prevention plasters that can be placed at your last toe or back the back of your heel, it’s my favourite item to bring along for long trips.
Also invest in high quality socks and hiking shoes that will ensure comfort and safety for your feet. Shop our hiking footwear range below! :)
Designed for for day-long mountain hiking. For regular use.These hiking socks protect your feet and bring you maximum comfort and protection during your mountain hikes lasting one or several days. Sold in packs of two pairs of the same colour.
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Designed for mountain hiking, in all weathers and on technical trails. For beginners.Get optimal comfort for your feet, thanks to cushioning along the length of the sole and a waterproof membrane keeping them dry.
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Designed for day-long mountain hiking, in all weather and on technical paths. For occasional use.These mountain hiking shoes are comfortable with the built-in cushioning, stone guard, good support and waterproof layer!
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#2 Bring Muscle Rub
My favourite muscle rub of all time of all time is none other than Tiger Balm. This is an absolute essential for me whenever I head for a trek lasting several days.
Along the way, while you are carrying a load on your back and trekking on terrains, your muscles will get sore from putting your body through all the work. What better way to relieve your muscles than to massage with some muscle rub. But if you’re not a fan of the smell, which can be overpowering at times, I suggest either using it after your trip or switch to another muscle rub.
Of course, the pros outweigh the cons and I strongly recommend carrying a muscle rub with you during your trips! :)
Why? Your hiking backpack can comprise of water bladder compartments and with one, you can carry up to 3L with ease! Having a water bottle limits the amount of fluids you are able to bring along and becomes added weight at the sides of your backpack. This might cause your backpack to be slightly unstable while you hike/trek.
Additionally, drinking from water bladders are more convenient. All you need to ensure is that your backpack allows for you water bladder tube to be connected to your straps and you’re good to go! :)
Designed for The mountain hiker out on a day hike looking for comfort and organisational features for the best price.Ventilated back. A 3-litre hat pocket, water bladder pocket, removable Smartphone pocket on the front of the belt, a secret pocket with a key hook on the inside of the bag for documents.
Designed for At the foot of Mont Blanc, our passionate mountain team designed this backpack for beginner hikers (3-4 hours / outing < 10 km)A ventilated back, comfortable to wear with a belt. A 3-litre hat pocket, a sliding smartphone pocket on the front of the belt, a secret pocket inside the bag.
#4 Powder for Showering and Reduce Chafing
When you are trekking over a period of time, you will not be able to get access to showers as much as you would want to. So the solution is baby powder! Or my personal favourite, Prickly Heat. Having a powder bath will reduce the chances of chafing with hiking by drying up any moisture on your skin and reduce the occurrence of body odour during your trek. Another quick tip: it also mops up greasy scalps on multi-day treks if you have zero access to showers!
#5 Carry Less, Hike More
No one can ever emphasise this point enough. Packing efficiently is a tip that you have to always prioritise! Never ever over pack for a trek as that will only cause you to burn out early on in the trip from all the weight you are carrying. Carry items that you definitely will need and bring along clothes that you can use for over a few days. Having a good backpack with compartments will help you plan what to bring on the trip better.
Alternatively, you can purchase additional storage bags to help you organise your backpack properly.
Designed for hikers and trekkers to store and organise your belongings in a 50 to 70 L trekking backpackFor organised travelers: half moon storage bag which perfectly fits the shape of the bag, providing stability and extra space.
Designed for hikers and trekkers to store and organise your belongings in a 50 to 70 L trekking backpack.For organised travelers: half moon storage bag which perfectly fits the shape of the bag, providing stability and extra space.
Designed for carrying and organising your laundry when travelling.This set of 3 Newfeel bags has some smart storage solutions for organising your belongings on your travels.
#6 Bring A Camera
This is an absolute given. Bring a camera!! The image above is captured by one of our sport leaders, Andrew, during one of his adventures!
Our phones are now equipped with great cameras that can capture beauty all around us. Nothing is better than capturing the memories of your trip with a camera. Be it videos or images, these memories will be with you forever. If you want to shoot amazing pictures with a camera that you already have, go ahead. Have the camera with you at all times and keep it safe in our Quechua Camera Bag!
#7 Find A Hiking Buddy
Hiking with a friend has multiple benefits. For one, company. Hiking is more memorable and fun when you have someone with you going through the same journey, experiencing the same joys and hardships. Shared memories are created and over time, you can look back at the memories with the same people and have a great bond. This will also ensure each other's safety. You will be assured that someone is always looking out for you, as you are looking out for your hiking buddy.
Hiking poles have often been viewed to be made for old people hiking/trekking who need help. No! This is not true. Hiking poles is encouraged to be used by everyone. In fact, using hiking poles will give you better support during your trips. How does hiking poles support us you might ask? Multiple ways!
1. Gives you a boost uphills When your hiking uphill, your legs will be put through a lot of work. Hence, having hiking poles will boost yourself up with your arms taking some of the stress rather than completely relying on your legs. This will allow your legs to not tire out too quick during an uphill hike.
2. Supports your knees when going downhill Going downhill can especially put a lot of stress on your knees. With hiking poles, you can transfer some of the stress to your arms. Additionally, hiking poles can help you stabilise if you are making a huge descent between two points or large drops.
3. Gives Balance on Slippery or Rocky Terrains I’m sure you want to save yourself from falling face flat while hiking on slippery trails. Save yourself from possibly hurting yourself by have hiking poles! You hiking poles can help you gain balance on rocky or slippery terrains.
4. Clearing Obstacles Along the Way If you’re hiking/trekking into nature, you’re bound to come into contact with deadfall or extremely bushy trails at times. Your hiking poles will be the perfect tool to clear them and get on with your hike/trek!
Designed for regular hiker on steep areasA pole with cushioning system to absorb shocks !
#9 Respect Nature
When you are with nature, hiking or trekking, you should always respect the environment you are in. Check out our sports advice on 7 minimal impact strategies for hiking where we highlight what you should and should not do when hiking. Always remember that you are a guest in nature and you should not leave anything unwanted behind nor should you take anything back with you.
#10 Have A Headlamp
Having a headlamp is important especially if you’re going on a long mountain hiking trip! Instead of holding onto a torch throughout your trip, our headlamp will be convenient for you. It has a range of 25m around you and has three modes,
1. Red mode to be discreet in the shelter or keep your night vision 2. Eco mode for walking or use in bivouac 3. Bright mode for trail hiking
It’s ergonomic design allows for comfort while wearing it during your hike and easy access to the on/off button while you hike! Equip yourself well for your next adventure! :)
I was never a fan of the outdoors until I started hiking in my teenage years! Now, most of my trips and plans involve hiking and it allows me to clear my mind and enjoy the views that I witness at the end! :)