There's always a renewed sense of energy in the spring. Take a step outside and feel that buzz around you. After a cozy winter indoors, many of us want to stretch our legs and get back into nature as the world starts to bloom and blossom again. What better way to enjoy this lovely seasonal shift than with a hike? Getting out on the trail, whether it's for a big hiking trip or a day excursion, can feel like the perfect spring adventure. Plus, while you're communing with the great outdoors, you're also getting those steps in, which is ideal if you've added some fitness goals to your new year's resolutions.
Before you head out on your hiking adventure, there are some tips you should keep in mind to ensure you have the best possible experience. Being prepared for your hike will not only make it more fun but also safer, which is key when heading out on any outdoorsy adventure. Read on for some hiking tips that'll leave you feeling extra prepared to breathe in that fresh spring air and shake off any lingering winter blues with each step.
When it comes to a spring hike, picking the right trail in advance is key. Unless you already know the trail systems in your area (or the area you're heading!) super well, you'll want to spend some time researching the options before you head out. Consider the travel time it takes to get there to ensure you start your hike early enough in the day, in addition to the length and intensity of the trail itself. This will tell you a lot about what to bring along and when you should plan to get your adventure started.
While you're researching the trail options, also check for things to watch out for, like if online reviews say that an area is particularly muddy or buggy in spring, or, on the flip side, if there are any must-see vistas that particularly pop during this time of year.
While spring is a magical season, it's also one with some pretty unpredictable weather. While you can't necessarily account for every surprise drop or drizzle, you can at least get a sense of the weather you might expect for the day. You'll want to avoid hiking on days when major storms are on the horizon and the days immediately following them since the trails will likely be extra muddy.
You'll also want to keep an eye out for any particularly nice days. While spring definitely has some lingering winter chills and lots of April showers, there will also likely be those perfect spring days when the sun's out, but there's a slight breeze in the air, too. Just make sure to always bring a waterproof and windproof packable jacket in your hiking bag just in case!
Speaking of your bag, packing a hiking backpack with your essentials is key to having a safe and successful hiking adventure. After you pack it, try wearing your pack around the house for a bit to make sure it won't get too heavy as you explore the great outdoors. The right backpack for hiking will have lots of pockets and a water-resistant finish or outer shell.
For your outdoorsy adventure, ensure you have bug spray, extra sunscreen, enough water for the day, a fully-charged cell phone, a first aid kit, some extra socks, your packable jacket layer, and lots of snacks. If you plan on bringing things like sandwiches in addition to trail mix and other dry goods, you can keep these in your insulated lunchbox and have a cute little picnic among the blossoming wildflowers.
Wearing the right hiking digs is just as important as bringing the right gear along. Unless it's a particularly hot day, a pair of full-length, ankle-length, or cropped women's workout pants like blank or blank) is always a safe bet for a spring day. While you might be tempted to wear shorts, keep in mind that pants will provide added protection against the sun and bug bites. Just make sure you opt for a pair of workout pants that are comfy, stretchy, and breathable and have pockets to stash a few overflow essentials from your bag.
Pair your workout pants with lightweight, moisture-wicking women's T-shirts to keep you dry and comfortable even when you break a sweat. If there are some clouds on the horizon, you might want to bring a performance pullover women's sweater layer as well, and then you can throw your packable jacket on if needed.
If you follow these tips, you'll be in great shape to enjoy a spring hiking adventure! Just don't forget to stop and smell the wildflowers as you traverse and explore.