Hiking in summer is equal parts sweat and awe.
Hiking in Summer will get you some of the most beautiful views and gorgeous pictures you will see all year round, but it’s not without it’s drawbacks.
On long, remote hikes you need to ensure you are hydrated, wearing sun cream and covered as much as possible to prevent sun stroke.
Remember your limits and take breaks where necessary! Read on for my top hiking tips.
My top tips
- Comfortable shoes: I cannot stress this enough. Uncomfortable shoes will mean the difference between a good walk and a miserable walk.
- Take a drink or hydrate beforehand: This is another thing that will make the difference. If you’re dehydrated you will tire easily and your muscles will cramp.
- Charge your phone: I love taking photos on my walks/hikes and it sucks when your phone dies! Especially if you aren’t at the peak of your hike yet.
- Sun cream your ears!: I always forget and end up with pink tipped ears.
- Clip your toenails before you go: My shoes fit fine but if my toenails are slightly longer than my shoes want them to be (diva shoes, honestly) then my toes hurt for days after a walk.
What to take
- A bottle of water
- A hairband – so important for this heat
- Blister patches
- Any medication you take, like inhalers, hay-fever tablets etc.
- Sunglasses – Another thing I always forget! Awful during the sunny walks
What to wear
We all want to look cute on walks, trust me, I know. Dressing practical is more important than looking cute on longer hikes. Covering up more skin where possible can help prevent heat stroke and sunburn.
I recommend wearing great trainers/hiking boots, a t-shirt that covers your shoulders and chest and shorts or leggings.