If you love adventure, nothing should stop you from going on a solo hiking trip. It can be the perfect opportunity for you to do some self-reflection and connect more with yourself. The challenge is that unlike when you are going on a solo trip, you need to be more careful when you are alone. For obvious reasons that if you get injured, there may not be so many people to save you in time.
- Communicate your whereabouts: Never make the mistake of leaving for a solo hike without letting people know where you are. You should have a satellite communication device if possible, especially if you will be at a place that does not have good mobile reception.
- Go for a clear trail: When you are alone, you should not dare to venture into unmarked and complicated trails that have never been walked on before. Keep off the dangerous trails and choose one where you are likely to encounter other hikers and find your way around easily.
- Be adequately prepared: Always remember that you are alone and may not have someone who you can borrow items from. Carry everything you need. Have all the necessary hiking gear, including the right clothing for the weather. You should also carry your personal effects. If you are on any form of medication, make sure it is packed before you set off for your hike. It helps to have a checklist of all the items you will need.
- Remove ear/headphones: When you are alone, you can be tempted to wear your headphones as a distraction. This is very risky since you may not hear what is happening in your surroundings.
Always remember that you are in charge of your own safety. Do not put yourself in harm’s way by doing things that expose you to danger. Remember to have fun on your solo hike while maintaining safety.