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The organised explorer: How organisation elevates a hiking adventure

Written by Fiona

July 11 2023

Hiking, although it is often seen as a “free-spirited” kind of pastime, requires a whole lot more than a bottle of water and a pair of hiking poles. Indeed, with hiking’s growing popularity and the increased chance of unpredictable and hostile weather, organisation is key for you to enjoy a safe, stress-free trip.

The organisation of your adventure starts with planning the route and deciding what you will need. From there, the rest will follow. 

Choose your route and decide what you need

Generally, most hikes will require the same bits of equipment, which include a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or trail shoes, waterproof clothing, plenty of water and food. The terrain might also require additional bits of kit. 

If you’re hiking at high elevation, it’s likely you will come across some snow or ice, so be sure to take any crampons or spikes with you to avoid a nasty fall. At the other extreme, you might be hiking through unsheltered landscapes in the burning heat and without any available water sources. For this, a sun hat, plenty of sunscreen and water are a must. 

Planning ahead

Once you’ve researched your trail, you can take a look at the weather forecast and pack accordingly. You should also look at the route more closely so you can identify any potential hazards that you need to prepare for.

Some routes require climbing experience so you can get over rocky terrain, for which you might need to bring some climbing ropes and a helmet with you. 

It’s also vital to research sources of water. For drier hikes and during the height of summer, you might find it difficult to discover fresh water so you will need to bring plenty of water with you.

Manage your gear properly

As with any gear that isn’t used really regularly, it’s a good idea to check its condition before doing anything major. Efficient storage is a great way to keep your gear in good shape. By incorporating a fitted wardrobe into your living space, you have the opportunity to allocate a specific section exclusively for your hiking equipment. This ensures the safety of your waterproofs, preventing any damage, while also providing a warm and dry storage space for your shoes.

Most important is fully waterproof jackets and trousers, a warm layer, good quality footwear, hat and gloves.

Leave no trace

Hiking takes you to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, but don’t ruin them by leaving your litter there. Always remember to take a rubbish bag with you so you can leave the wilderness exactly as you found it. 

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