Blog

Take A Hike

November 17th is National Take a Hike Day and it’s the perfect time of year to lace up those hiking boots and set out for a family adventure. Hiking is not only an opportunity for physical fitness, it’s also a great learning and exploration activity for children and adults.

 

Planning Your Hike

  • Research local trails to find the one that works best for you.
  • Will you camp overnight? Or is it going to be a day-trip?
  • Who all will be going along with you?
  • What supplies do you need to stock up on?

 

Gear Up

  • Invest in a quality back pack and learn to pack it properly. A good resource for packing: americanhiking.org/resources/how-to-pack-a-backpack
  • Make sure you purchase good footwear. Research top brands and take a trip to your local retailer to try on multiple types to ensure the right fit for you.
  • Check the weather and dress appropriately.
  • If camping, make sure tents and supplies are in working order.

 

Safety

  • Pack a first aid kit for those unexpected injuries on the trail.
  • Stay hydrated by packing plenty of bottled water.
  • Sunscreen and bug spray are essential. Don’t forget to put these items in your backpack.
  • Pay attention to the trail and your surroundings. Look for any slippery spots or potential hazards that could cause injury.

 

Other tips

  • Download nature walk printables for the kids. Keep them occupied and help them learn about plants and critters along the way.
  • While on your hike, be sure to properly dispose of any trash you produce. Help keep trails clean.
  • Share your adventure on social media by tagging @AmericanHiking.

 

Learn more about National Take a Hike Day and other trail adventures at americanhiking.org.

 

Always remember, MYidealDOCTOR is at your fingertips 24/7 should a health question arise. Find us online at www.myidealdoctor.com, via the MYidealDOCTOR app or via telephone 1-855-879-4332.

Next Post Previous Post