Some time ago, hiking was something that would attract only a certain group of people. This isn’t the case any longer. In recent times, especially with the rise of Instagram and other social media networks where you flaunt what you are doing, the term ‘hiking’ has been reinvented.
Its attraction is now mostly towards people who want a break from their mundane city lives.
Although you have to keep one vital thing in mind: this article is about hiking at night. As a result, it is rather different from hiking while the sun is out.
Requirements change a lot when there is no daylight to rely on. In addition, it is safe to assume hiking at night is trickier for obvious reasons. But some might say this aspect makes it much more enjoyable.
In this article, I will emphasize how to be safe during night time hiking, and the do’s and don’ts of hiking in the dark. You will also receive some excellent tips if you are trying out hiking for the first time.
Safety measurements should be a priority
When we hear the word ‘adventure’, most people throw safety precautions out the window. However, this shouldn’t be the case. As someone who enjoys and loves hiking as much as any other person, I assure you, safety should be the top priority in this scenario.
The most fun way to be safe is to bring your friends. And I don’t mean just one or two. It is always best to go in a group of four to six if possible. The social aspect ensures a fun experience, while the added numbers bring extra skills and knowledge – especially if your friends are experienced hikers.
Be Mindful of your surroundings
Also, if you are hiking in a territory that has predators, at least bring one friend that is slower than you. I’m kidding of course. Yet joking aside, it is absolutely crucial to be aware of the surrounding wildlife and act accordingly to what animal you may face. With this in mind, some might say it is better to hike familiar places or trials you know about. But if you are suitably equipped and have researched the area you are planning to hike, you should be good to go.
Remember to bring the essentials
Although this is a given for many hikers, always bring an ample amount of backup batteries for your flashlight. The last thing you want to do is hike while in the dark without any light source.
Food and water are also a given but do not bring more than you can carry as you will have to be very mobile for this adventure. For food, a sugar-filled candy bar such as Milky Way or Snickers always does the job for me.
Let’s talk about clothes
Choosing the right clothes is one of the most important aspects of hiking – if not the most important outright. It is imperative you wear comfortable clothes. Although this doesn’t mean going out in your pajamas. The clothing has to be practical. Go to a sportswear shop and buy appropriate clothing if you don’t have any currently. Also make sure you wear durable, quality footwear.
Remember: always wear clothing that matches the specific weather needs for the day. If it’s winter when you’re hiking, it is best not to wear one big jacket but rather go with a layer of clothes.
Items that are a must
A Swiss Army knife is a must for hiking or any related activities. But also bring extra clothes, a map, and a portable – and sturdy – first aid kit.
Some Do’s and Don’ts
- Do go during a full moon as you will not have to rely on your flashlights all the time.
- Do not plan to go on a hike in an unfamiliar area.
- Do listen and take advice from other hikers
- Do not carve your initials into trees or pluck flowers from the ground. Mother Nature is already at risk.
- Do check the weather before you go out.
- Do not leave your trash in the wild.
Now let’s talk about the fun stuff
Surely the most enjoyable aspect of nighttime hiking is glancing at the sky and taking in the immense beauty of the nighttime sky. Living in the city, we lose our connection with nature.
But to be both physically and psychologically healthy, we need to be connected to our surrounding nature. Hiking not only boosts your immune system but makes you physically and mentally strong. For me at least, it also helps remove stress.
I only wish we were all introduced to hiking adventures since childhood. Because I strongly believe we’d all be a better version of ourselves if we were fully connected to the beauty of nature.
There are great hiking places all over the world, from climbing the mountains in Santa Monica to Peru’s Inca Trail and Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal are few of the most attractive destinations for new and experienced hikers alike.
In relation to night hiking, a special mention is needed for the Queen Charlotte Track in New Zealand. This destination is absolutely breathtaking at night.
Angie Grey, an expert author from Faveable.com brings you all you need to know about fashion and grooming. She loves the outdoors and travels the world like a nomad.