After a multi-day backpacking trip, you’re gonna be exhausted from hiking and carrying gear. You might be already looking to plan your next trip. However, it's time to slow your horses there my friend. Take the time to recover from your trip, and even take precautionary steps to limit the drawbacks from a treacherous hike.
You got the Right Size?
For those experienced backpackers out there, they will be the first to tell you that gear that doesn’t fit will be one of your worst nightmares. This is especially true when using the wrong-sized boots. When boots don’t fit, you are asking for uncomfortable soreness as your hike goes along.
The Case for using Trekking Poles
As you hike, you will be putting a lot of pressure on your joints and muscles. Trekking poles help reduce the work that your body will need to use while you are hiking inclines/declines. They especially help with your knees and ankles. Another positive for trekking poles is that they help maintain balance as you go along the trail.
On the Trail
Who likes to Eat and Drink?
Bring food and snacks that will help sustain you during your trip. This means to avoid packing chocolate bars and pack nutrient-filled bars that will fuel you throughout the day. Also, don’t be afraid to eat and drink water accordingly. It doesn’t always need to be on a set schedule. Being ahead of when you feel hungry or thirsty helps fuel and keep your body happy.
Time to Hike
Do not go straight into a sprint or fast pace the moment you get on the trail. I know you may be excited, but you have such a high chance of straining your muscles if you do so that you need to ease yourself into the hike. Start slowly to prime your muscles for the hike. Then, you can pick up speed to a steady, comfortable pace as you go along.
A Good Night’s Sleep
The feeling of being fresh every morning you wake up is the best way to start your day of hiking. So, do not put your sleeping arrangement decisions on the back burner. Make sure you are being diligent with your sleeping gear, as well as the amount of sleep you get per night. Be sure to check out our past blog Sleep Tight, You Deserve it to learn how to get the best night’s rest while you are backpacking.
Whenever you can, whether it’s during a rest stop, before you sleep, or the moment you get home from the trail, begin stretching and massaging out your muscles. Your muscle groups have gone through a lot of stress. This will reduce the soreness you may feel each day during and after your trip. Also, when you arrive at a campsite, refrain from going straight to rest after your hike. Try to either stretch, massage, or do campsite chores to ease your body into relaxing.
As always, enjoy your trip and stay safe!