Hiking During the Pandemic: What You Should Know
As temperatures get warmer, more of us are going to be looking for safer outdoor activities to participate in. Staying in lockdown can get a bit too overwhelming for those of us who love the great outdoors. The best thing about hiking is that you can do it easily and maintain social distance at the same time.
Whether you need to take your dog for a walk or take a quick stroll or you think it’s time to squeeze in some much needed exercise on your favorite hiking trail, here are some things you need to remember to stay safe while hiking during the pandemic.
Avoid crowded areas
There maybe be many popular trails you want to explore but now is the time to take the road less travelled. Take local trails that are closer to your hometown and where the chances of you running into other hiking enthusiasts are minimal. This reduces the chances of spreading the virus in other communities.
Try to take the trip solo
This is a good time to spend some time with yourself and self-reflect on your hike, but if you feel like isolation is getting to you, consider going with some who you live with or have been in contact with. This is not the time to make new friends or get to know other people and you should avoid contact with anyone if you run into them and maintain 6 feet distance at all costs.
Take your own supplies
Remember to carry your essentials like on any other hike. This includes sunscreen, navigation, first aid supplies, and your own snacks and plenty of water. Make sure that you are prepared with everything you could possibly need so that you don’t have to share with anyone else.
It also helps to make sure you have your own supplies so that you don’t have to purchase them from a grocery store in another town and deplete their supplies. Also, you can disinfect your own supplies by taking them from home, but there is no guarantee that others have done the same.
Drive on your own
Park further away and avoid crowded parking lots. Don’t carpool with other hikers and if you take a friend along, make sure you both wear protective masks and sanitize your hands. Make sure you disinfect your supplies and take a shower immediately after returning from the hike.
While you should make sure you have all the essentials that you’ll need, don’t pack an overnight bag because you should avoid camping out. Take a light backpack that can help you carry your supplies without weighing you down.Check out our comfortable and light hiking backpacks for sale on our website today!