Items to Take Care of Before a Major Trip
Who is going on the hike?
What’s a summary of your overall plan?
When are you going on your trip?
Where do you specifically plan to be on a day-by-day basis?
How are you going to ensure that your trip is a success?
Now that you know the things that you need to think about, take care of, and/or inform a friend/family member about before you embark on a major hike - what’s a “major trip”?
In our opinion it’s a hike that is more complicated than a couple of hours on a known trail in your local area. So if it’s an overnight trip – this list applies. If it’s a hike that is in an area new to you – this list applies. If it’s a hike in a treacherous area – this list applies. If you are hiking in adverse weather – this list applies. In short, if you have any concerns about the trip you are about to take – this list applies. Obviously, the more significant and complicated the trip is - the more detailed the information you need to give a friend or family member.
Of course, when hiking you also need to take the right gear for the trip. You can download PDFs of our recommended gear lists here:
1) Hiking Gear Checklist
2) Camping Gear Checklist
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