Heading out into the world to explore using your own two feet and your natural curiosity can be an amazing experience. From many ice walks in Scandinavia to the sunlit Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route, hiking abroad may not be for complete novices, but it can certainly remain rewarding for those who want to take that next step.
However, when you’re in unfamiliar territory, it’s very important to plan ahead and pack everything you need for safety. But it’s not just a full rucksack filled with survival gear that can assist you, but the preparation of each trip, and the wisdom you bring along with you.
In this post, then, we’ll define how to develop both. This way, you can avoid being caught out in unfamiliar surroundings, and have more fun exploring at nature’s pace. We’d also recommend that when hiking overseas, you do so with a small group or friend you can trust. Solo travel can be inspiring in areas you recognize or in built-up environments, but it’s best not to risk being lost in areas you’re unfamiliar with.
From there, you might consider some of the following advice:
It’s All About Footwear & Weather Protection
Any hiker will tell you that footwear is essential, especially those that support your soles and ankles. Buying a fresh pair for an overseas adventure and breaking them in for a couple of weeks before can be a good idea, and bringing your old pair as a spare can be helpful. You can also use anti-bacterial socks and sprays to ensure your foot environment is clean the entire way, even in hot climates. We’ll also recommend visors, hats, light cotton clothes, or raincoats depending on the weather. If you need more stability, walking sticks can help you too.
Speak To The Locals & Pay Heed To Advice
No one understands the hiking routes like locals, or experience travellers giving their view online (make sure to verify this and take online advice with a pinch of salt regardless). They may suggest better routes for first-time tourists, or they may warn you away from certain areas as wild animals may be known to occupy certain areas. The last thing you need is hiking your way in front of a bear. Pay heed to safety advice, and understand that the safety preconditions back home may be entirely different from here.
Carry Insect Repellants, Antiseptics & Skin Creams
It’s always important to carry a small first aid kit you can use for little injuries or irritants. For example, antiseptic creams and small plasters or bandages can help if you accidentally scrape your knee or suffer a splinter you need to remove while on your route. On top of that, mosquito bite itch relief can help you resolve insect bites, and repellents can help them avoid bothering you while you’re resting in your accommodation. Remember that hiking is always outside, and as such, you need to prepare for exterior problems.
With this advice, you’re sure to safely hike abroad in the best possible way. We hope you have a blast.