There’s nothing better than going on a hike to discover a region and get some fresh air, whether it’s close to home or during a faraway stay.
An urban hike, a mountain hike or a country hike, it’s all in preparation!
Which connected watch to choose?
The price is often an essential criterion of choice. But it is impossible here to talk about a more advantageous model than another because prices fluctuate strongly and follow the commercial cycle of the product. The highest prices charged when a model is launched are followed by a first reduction several months later. The end of a model’s commercial life is announced by a final, significant reduction, often during sales or discount operations organised by the manufacturer. Specialized online sellers offer good opportunities to make a purchase at an attractive price. It is therefore important not to rush.
Shoes adapted to trekking
Before preparing your trek, you must of course equip yourself, and that starts with good shoes. It is often advisable to choose them one size above your usual size, even if it means putting two pairs of socks on top of each other. Indeed, during the effort, the feet swell and it is frequent to find yourself in cramped conditions, which prevents good blood circulation. Of course, before you set out on a journey of several dozen kilometres, make sure you’ve already used your shoes several times, otherwise beware of blisters, which can cause a lot of pain. Also, the better you tie your shoelaces, the easier your walk will be: logical, in short. During the hike, if you feel moisture in your shoes, change your socks and dry the wet pair directly on your bag. Keep your feet dry: the best way to avoid blisters.
Choosing a good backpack is almost as important as having good shoes. Take it too big, and be sure to bring too many unnecessary items with you. On the other hand, it must have the capacity to carry everything you really need: for one day, I recommend a 20L bag, which is minimalist but sufficient. If you’re going to be away longer, try not to exceed 45/50L: since you’ll be carrying all your stuff on your back, try to travel light as much as possible. Preparing a hike efficiently means choosing carefully what to put in your bag. Don’t bother about the backpack, take a look at the sales sites and you will find a backpack in a few seconds, the ideal and to choose a second-hand backpack, it will save you money but it is also good for the environment.
The number and location of pockets is essential: you must be able to store your water bottle in a space that is accessible during your walk, as well as other small useful objects. You will need to place the rest, which is heavier, close to your back. Since this year, to simplify my walk, I’ve added to my small equipment a banana bag to carry water and some odds and ends: handy, because I now have everything I regularly need at hand, without having to stop and rummage through my big bag!
The bag must imperatively have a comfortable waist belt, allowing you to distribute its weight on your hips, and not only on your shoulders, which would then tire too quickly, crushed. The part close to your back must also be pleasant to touch, and allow air to circulate freely. In addition, don’t leave without taking a rain cover with you, even if the weather is not forecasting bad weather. In the event of a rain shower, you’ll be happy to keep your belongings dry!
Now that you have almost finished preparing your trek, you still have to plan what you will eat during your walk! In addition to a nutritious but not too greasy picnic, bring along a few snacks such as nuts and dried fruit. Don’t forget the essential equipment
A pair of binoculars to admire nature, a camera that you can also buy second hand if you don’t have one yet, a rain cape, small freezer bags to protect your equipment from humidity, a tube of sun cream, a pair of glasses and a cap, a Swiss Army knife, a small first-aid kit where you will have thought to put special bandages for blisters, plaster and your usual treatments, a roll of toilet paper, a lighter, hiking sticks, a hiking map (even a GPS for the most modern), identity papers, a phone in case of emergency and some clothes against the cold.