There are many beautiful walking trails all across Australia. Some are short circuits, whilst others can take a week or more . . .
For short walks, make sure you stay on the marked trails → follow the signage → take water and maybe a snack → and, most importantly, wear appropriate footwear. It is also a good idea to let someone know that you are heading off, and a guide time as to when you may be expected to return.
For Longer Hikes . . .
Once you have made the decision to embark on a more lengthy adventure, start to think of the preparation required for the hike. Research as much as possible, so that you are best prepared for anything and everything.
Learn about the wildlife that you may encounter in the area → know which are dangerous (e.g. snakes, spiders, crocodiles, etc.), and what should be done should you be confronted or bitten (this could be life saving)
When packing, it is wise to make sure that your bags are waterproof so that your clothes, footwear and bedding remain dry (a useful tool is a sealable garage bag – as a secondary layer for extra protection)
Plan meals – make sure you have enough for the journey (and maybe a little extra for an emergency). Dehydrated food is perfect for hiking, as it is light and contains a lot of nutritional value (plus many different foods can be dehydrated like fruit, meat and vegetables) – it might even be wise to invest in a dehydrator and dehydrate the food yourself…
→ Tape / Duct Tape – may be useful if you get hole in your tent or shoe – making an easy fix
→ Multi Tool / Pocket Knife – can have many uses (they will come in handy more than once) such as cutting rope, opening cans, eating, etc…
→ A Lighter / Flint – for lighting a fire to cook food, keep warm, and ambience – as it is always lovely to have a nice warm fire to boost moral…
→ Rope – useful as an extra guy rope for your tent, to help guide you down a steep section of terrain, to hang clothes out to dry – just to name a few uses…
→ Vaseline – a multitude of uses and better to have it just in case…
Before you are ready to head off, make sure that several people know where you are going, the route you are taking, and the anticipated duration in which it will take to complete. This a very important step → so if you do get lost, someone will know if they should send help or be concerned of your whereabouts
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