Seeing that the Marketing Gods have made every day in the calendar a "National (insert object) Day", it's hard for people to keep track of what day they are celebrating next. However, November 17 is one that we at GPS City strongly support. It's National Take a Hike Day, and there's nothing we love more than the outdoors.
Whether you need to fit in some exercise before the holidays or get that one cache you've been wanting to find, National Take a Hike Day is the perfect excuse to get outside and stretch those legs. Other reasons to get out and go hiking include catching up with loved ones, socializing with groups of friends, exploring your area, learning about nature or even just to relieve stress.
We've listed a couple tips for your trip:
Check your state/park websites. Be sure that you are traveling on trails or areas that are open to the public. Some land could be considered private or closed to the public and result in trespassing or even fines. Become familiar with the area by mapping it out before you leave.
Tell someone where you are going. Exploring unfamiliar areas could result in getting lost. Tell a friend or relative where you are going and when you are going. If there is a long time lapse from your return, they will know exactly where to start searching for you, if you're lost.
Wear appropriate clothing. Whether you are taking a squick hike around the block or exploring some paths, wear clothing that suits the weather, area and time of day. Longer walks in nature could have you crossing areas of brush so pants would be ideal. We recommend walking shoes or boots for comfort and agility. Brightly colored clothes are suggested for night hikes.
Pack a hiking bag. We are never expecting something bad to happen to us while doing something as innocent as walking, but planning for "just in case" situations are always encouraged. Tools and items such as a compass, GPS tracking unit, phone, utility knife, water, snacks, lip balm, sunscreen and extra clothing are essential. The elements can be unforgiving at times.
Now get out there, enjoy your hike and stay safe!