This past weekend my husband and I made a weekly commitment that we will get up before sunrise and go on a morning hike. We both love nature and being active, so what’s a better way to start our Saturday?? Hiking, that’s what! It’s only Spring so we want to get our hikes in as much as possible before it starts to get REALLY, really hot.
A couple weeks ago, we were in Arizona hiking in Sedona. I was NOT prepared. I was carrying my water bottle in my arm and tucked my phone in my shirt, but at least I was wearing running shoes! Climbing steep walls was not the business while holding onto my water bottle that’s for sure!
When going on a hike, you need to ALWAYS be prepared. The obvious things: good hiking or running shoes, backpack, a hiking stick, and LOTS of water are the bare necessities for a hike. I usually carry my Camelbak to keep things light, but if I ever need to carry more than my water pack and a couple of snacks, I’m carrying my NorthFace backpack. However, it seems like these days we’re carrying more than just the essentials. Let's not forget that we're in year 2015 and there are many tech-friendly things that can be added along with the rest of your hiking gear that can make it more enjoyable and possibly easier as well:
- I like to be in my own zone whenever I do any physical activities so I normally pop in my earphones and enter into my own world. Prepare your own playlist on your phone. I wouldn't recommend streaming your music because you'll be in the mountains away from service. Import your mp3 files in your phone so you can listen to them whenever. Aluratek has great earbuds that are specifically designed for physical activity.
-Carry a power bank in case of emergency! You never know what could happen on your hike so having a portable battery phone charger will be very crucial if your phone is ever dying.
- If you like to keep track of how many miles you’re walking and calories you are burning download the Map My Run app. It not only counts distance and calories, but it maps out your path as well. I like to use it everywhere I go even when I’m not hiking!
So in conclusion: don't be like me in Arizona! Be prepped and ready to go!
Happy hiking, folks!