Top 10 Mistakes You Want To Avoid While Hiking

Mountain Hiking Tips Asia

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! :)

High-top mountain hiking socks. Forclaz 900 2 pairs - Grey/Black High-top mountain hiking socks. Forclaz 900 2 pairs - Grey/Black 2
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    High-top mountain hiking socks. Forclaz 900 2 pairs - Grey/Black

    QUECHUA
    8526694
    S$ 20.00
    Designed for mountain hikes lasting one to several days. For intensive use.Wear hiking socks with anatomic toes in a wool material: extra comfort during mountain hikes and treks!
    UK 2.5-5 - EU 35-38 UK 5.5-8 - EU 39-42 UK 8.5-11 - EU 43-46
    Mid upper Mountain Hiking Socks. Forclaz 500 2 pairs - Black Mid upper Mountain Hiking Socks. Forclaz 500 2 pairs - Black 2
      Available
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      Mid upper Mountain Hiking Socks. Forclaz 500 2 pairs - Black

      QUECHUA
      8357785
      S$ 9.90
      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.
      UK 2.5-5-EU 35-38 UK 5.5-8 - EU 39-42 UK 8.5-11 - EU 43-46
      MH100 Women's Waterproof Mountain Walking Boots - Turquoise MH100 Women's Waterproof Mountain Walking Boots - Turquoise 2
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        MH100 Women's Waterproof Mountain Walking Boots - Turquoise

        QUECHUA
        8526645
        S$ 60.00
        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.
        UK 3 - EU 36 UK 4 - EU 37 UK 5 - EU 38 UK 5.5 - EU 39 UK 6.5 - EU 40 UK 7 - EU 41
        Forclaz 100 Mid Waterproof Men's Hiking Boots - Grey Orange Forclaz 100 Mid Waterproof Men's Hiking Boots - Grey Orange 2
          Available
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          100 Mid Waterproof Men's Hiking Boots - Grey Orange

          QUECHUA
          8369974
          S$ 70.00
          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!
          UK 5.5 - EU 39 UK 6.5 - EU 40 UK 7 - EU 41 UK 8 - EU 42 UK 8.5 - EU 43 UK 9.5 - EU 44 UK 10.5 - EU 45

          #2 Bring Muscle Rub

          Muscle Rub for Hiking

          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! :)

          #3 Use A Hydration Bladder

          Hiking Backpack with Water Bladder


          Hydration bladder or water bottle?
          Hydration bladder of course!

          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! :)

          MH100 20L Hiking Backpack - Grey MH100 20L Hiking Backpack - Grey 2
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            MH100 20L Hiking Backpack - Grey

            QUECHUA
            8493729
            S$ 35.00
            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.
            20L
            MH100 30L Hiking Backpack - Black MH100 30L Hiking Backpack - Black 2
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              MH100 30 Litre Mountain Hiking Backpack - Black

              QUECHUA
              8493730
              S$ 45.00
              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.
              30L

              #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

              Hiking and Trekking Backpack

              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.

              Pack of 2 half-moon storage bags for 50 to 60l bags Pack of 2 half-moon storage bags for 50 to 60l bags 2
                Available
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                Pack of 2 Half-Moon Storage Bags for 50 to 70L Backpacks

                FORCLAZ
                8493798
                S$ 10.00
                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.
                2 Half-moon Hiking Bags 70 to 90 L 2 Half-moon Hiking Bags 70 to 90 L 2
                  Available
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                  2 Half-moon Bags For 70-90 L Trek Backpack

                  FORCLAZ
                  8493054
                  S$ 14.00
                  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.
                  Set of 3 storage bags Set of 3 storage bags 2
                    Available
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                    Set of 3 storage bags

                    FORCLAZ
                    8512006
                    S$ 15.00
                    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.
                    No Size

                    #6 Bring A Camera

                    Hiking Camera Images

                    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

                    Decathlon Singapore Hiking Club

                    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.

                    Join the Decathlon Singapore Hiking Club to join fellow hikers and trekkers on their adventures! :)

                    #8 Use A Hiking Pole

                    Hiking Poles

                    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!

                    ARPENAZ 200 HIKING POLE (Purple) ARPENAZ 200 HIKING POLE (Purple) 2
                      Available
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                      ARPENAZ 200 HIKING POLE (Purple)

                      FORCLAZ
                      8383419
                      S$ 13.00
                      Designed for occasional hikers, on flat and hilly areas: hiking routes, pathways, woodland.Easy and quick "Push Pin" adjustment system.
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                      FORCLAZ 500 ANTISHOCK POLE (Blue) FORCLAZ 500 ANTISHOCK POLE (Blue) 2
                        Available
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                        FORCLAZ 500 ANTISHOCK POLE (Blue)

                        FORCLAZ
                        8379457
                        S$ 30.00
                        Designed for regular hiker on steep areasA pole with cushioning system to absorb shocks !
                        ADULT

                        #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

                        Hiking Poles

                        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! :)

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                        Till then, happy hiking! :)

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