One of the best things about traveling is that you can explore new places while you get in a good workout. When we were at Lake Tahoe recently, Mark and I took every opportunity we could to see new views of the beautiful lake. Hiking quickly became one of my favorite ways to be active while on vacation. Below are a few tips I discovered while hiking that may be helpful for your next trip.
Remember the altitude. When we were hiking in Nevada, Mark and I were quickly reminded that it can be difficult to breathe at a higher altitude. We found it helpful to take breaks every 15 minutes or so to catch our breathe since we weren’t use to the altitude.
Bring water. Because our hiking trails were often far away from anywhere we could get water, we made sure to bring a water bottle with us every time we went on a hike.
Dress appropriately. One of the best ways to ruin a hike is to be in uncomfortable shoes or clothes. It’s important to wear tennis shoes, activewear and sunglasses if you will be somewhere bright.
Wear sunscreen. There isn’t usually much shade when hiking, so it’s a good idea to bring sunscreen to avoid a sunburn. If you are planning to hike more than two hours, you should reapply the SPF every couple hours.
Stay on the path. If you aren’t familiar with the area where you’re hiking, you should stay on the path that’s been formed. Most hiking trails will have a path from previous traffic that will help guide you.