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An all day hike is a good way to be active and fit. It's also a good way to spend time with friends and family.
Prepare for your day out. Plan where you are going and how long your trail is. It is important to check the weather conditions in the area to see if it will be a good day for a hike.
It's best to start a day hike off as early as possible. You will want to use as much day light as you can. You don't want to find it getting dark out when you're still out on the trail and you're not prepared for it.
It's best to consider everyone's ability levels in your group when choosing a trail. Pick one that everyone can enjoy.
Tell someone where you plan on hiking and how long you may be gone for. This can help in case of an emergency situation. Remember to check in with this person once you return.
Pack as light as possible, taking only what you need and what you will use. Each extra pound can make a difference when you're carrying that weight on your back for most of the day.
Take plenty of water. Staying hydrated is important and will help you maintain your energy level. Don't drink pop while hiking, it will dehydrate you.
You will want to bring food that will give you energy. This can include granola, fruit and sport bars or beef jerky. Fruits such as apples, oranges and pears are also good to bring along. One of the best and easiest sandwiches to take on a day hike is peanut butter and jam.
Keep a good steady pace that everyone can handle while planning a few rest stops along the way. This will help in keeping everyone's energy levels up.
Keep track of your locations on your GPS and map so you know your location on the trail and know how you're doing for time. Again you don't want to be hiking in the dark when you're not prepared for it.
Remember to protect yourself from the sun. Use a good SPF sunscreen. Apply to the back of your neck, face, ears, and any other areas of skin that will be exposed to the sun. Wearing a hat will help add protection from the sun against your neck and face.