5 Fall Hiking Tips

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Family hiking

Fall colors and crisp, clear days make autumn one of the most beautiful seasons to get outdoors and hike. On top of that, hiking is great exercise—and great for your peace of mind, too. So why not jump into the car and get out for a day hike?


Check out these 5 tips to make your hike safer and more enjoyable:


1. Pace yourself. 

If you haven’t hiked lately, then start off with a short, easy hike. Begin the hike slowly to let your body gradually warm up. If you’re hiking in a group, go at the pace of your slowest member—especially if that’s a child.


2. Load up on water.

It’s heavy to carry, but you need it. Make sure to stop for regular water breaks. You can also use a sport hydration pack that doubles as a small backpack if you prefer to take sips along the way.


3. Pack snacks.

You’re burning calories, so bring fuel for your body. Choose snacks that combine some carbs with protein, like trail mix and granola bars.


4. Watch the weather (and daylight).

Fall brings short days and unpredictable weather. Check the weather forecast before you leave home and bring layers of warm clothing and rain gear. Get an early start, so you can be off the trail well before dark.


5. Don't get caught unprepared.

The great outdoors can be unpredictable. So always pack a few essentials—such as matches, a first aid kit, and a cell phone—even for just a day hike. You can find lists of the 10 key essentials to bring on any hike by Googling “hiking essentials.”


P.S. Did we mention that by autumn the bugs are usually gone? Have fun hiking!


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