5 tips for hiking enthusiasts
Whether you’re an expert hiker looking to go on a new trail each weekend, or you’re just starting out, we’ve got the best tips to get the most out of your hike (survive in the wild AND keep your mani-pedi in one piece), and all the spots you need to visit, complete with accommodation if you need it – courtesy of KAYAK.com.au and Dan Moore, travel blogger and Lenovo ambassador.
1. Blisters suck
Not to be dramatic, but we all know that blisters are almost one of the worst pains a human can encounter, because there’s nothing like the uncomfortable feeling of raw skin rubbing against your socks and shoes. The number one way to prevent blisters is by never wearing new shoes while hiking, as this usually avoids the sore ‘breaking in’ feeling. Although this tip seems quite insignificant it could be the make or break of any hiking trip.
2. Be water wise
Whilst on a hike water is the most precious resource you’ll need. Experts suggest a minimum of 2 litres of water per person a day, this will help ensure the health and safety of the hiker and help avoid de-hydration. To minimise the amount of weight you’re carrying, a trusty fold-up water bag can help lighten the load.
3. Rain, hail, or shine
While packing for a hike ensure that you’re prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way. This means that your hiking wardrobe should range from singlet and shorts to jumpers and raincoats, because we all know there’s nothing worse than being stuck with nothing to wear.
Dan Moore knows all about heading out on a hike, too – and for him, much of the success of any kind of travel – including hiking – is in the preparation. “I always make sure I carefully plan my routes so I know what to expect including incline and distance, and check the weather so I can take exactly what’s required and won’t get caught out! When you’re at a height, it can get really cold in the evening, even if you’ve been in shorts and a t-shirt during the day,” he says.
4. Take a moment
“When hiking it’s easy to keep marching on without stopping to really absorb your surroundings. I recently had the opportunity to travel to the Grand Canyon with Lenovo and it wasn’t just the vast views but also the air, the smell of the land and the ravens and eagles swirling in the sky that made it so special for me,” Dan reminds us.
5. Keep memories
“As a travel blogger, I’m always snapping and recording my journeys but by using my Lenovo Yoga, I’m able to share updates with my friends and followers in real-time. It’s often hard to translate what you see in real life so I often use editing tools to enhance colours to give a more accurate reflection of the amazing views,” says Dan.
All that planning deserves a spectacular backdrop – pop these stunning locations on your hiking bucket-list stat.
Razorback Lookout – Flinders Rangers National Park
Flinders Rangers National Park has become one of Australia’s most iconic national parks due to its picturesque views, aboriginal rock sites, and geological history. Immerse yourself with the abundance of flora and fauna that can be found throughout the park, with spring a particularly good time to visit.
Accommodation: Endilloe Lodge B&B Holiday House
Figure 8 Pools – Royal National Park
The Royal National Park is easily the most Instagram worthy hike on the list. Although it is quite challenging, the three hour round trip to the figure 8 pools is definitely worth the effort. It is important to only visit during low tide as the figure 8 pools are only accessible during this time, to ensure you get the best photo for your Instagram visit around sunrise. If you miss out on this window opportunity you’re still able to enjoy many beautiful walking tracks within the Royal National Park, the most popular being the Coastal Walk especially if you manage to get the perfect photo at Wedding Cake Rock.
Accommodation: Engadine Motor Inn
Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park
If you’re ever in Northern Queensland the Lawn Hill National Park should be at the top of the list of things to do. Lawn Hill has seven different walks each with different time recommendations and ranging in difficulty. Despite its difficulty, the Upper Gorge hike is one of the more popular hikes within Lawn Hill National Park- typically for experienced bush walkers. Best done at sunrise, the 7km walk involves spectacular views and an abundance of different wildlife throughout the duration of the walk. Make sure to reward yourself with a swim in the many creeks, and rivers throughout the park but be sure to watch out for crocodiles.
Accommodation: For this trail, you’re going to have to rough it out and visit the Lawn Hill Gorge Camping Area for an overnight stay.