Best Hiking Tips:
Your Ultimate Guide
To Safe And Happy Trail Time

by Diane Spicer

Meet Hiking For Her's Diane

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Enjoy these best hiking tips, gathered into one spot for your convenience.

You won't miss a thing if you bookmark, and return later, to your favorite links in this Hiking For Her guide.

  • All of this comprehensive hiking information is updated regularly.
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Which type of hiking tips
are you seeking?

On this page, day hiking tips are up first.

More interested in backpacking tips?

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The hiking resources on this page are organized by type of hiking (day hike, backpacking, etc.) but also the timing of a hike.

Hop on down with these dayhiking shortcuts:

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Beginner hiker tips alert
To jump start your learning:

use these tips on what you need to consider before you venture into the great outdoors

Great news for hikers!

Before you dip into the best hiking tips, just a few words to set the scene.

Hiking is a low impact endurance workout that offers huge health benefits.

Unlike physical workouts which happen indoors, hiking demands more from your body and requires an outdoor skill set that you might not have yet.

  • This page of best hiking tips will help with that.

But here's the best news about hiking:

Hitting the trail gives you big doses of fresh air, sunshine & rain, plus the mental clarity that comes from physical exercise.

It might expand your spiritual awareness as well.

This post details everything in store for you as a hiker:

The best hiking tips for women hikers are found at Hiking For Her! Find tips about hiking nutrition, best hiking gear, outdoor clothing, & hiking safety. #hiking #backpacking #womenhikers #howtohikeWherever you're headed on your hike, you'll reap big benefits!

The best hiking infographics sum up all of the Hiking For Her trail tips.

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Best hiking tips for women day hikers:
what to bring hiking

There is no more efficient way to share the wealth of detailed, trustworthy hiking information on one page than to provide a list, organized by hiking categories.

  • Think of it as a smorgasbord! 
  • Dip into a little of this, come back later for a bit of that...

Let's start off with a list of the best hiking tips on how to get ready for a hike.

Before You Hit The Trail

There's a lot to think about!

Please don't be the hiker who heads off on a whim, not taking time to prepare and plan.

Instead, use these tips to hiking preparation.

Smart ways to get started as a hiker

Choose the best hiking trail

Find accessible hiking trails

Annual park pass

Choose the best outdoor brands

Which type of hiker are you?

Types of hiking

Group hiking trip tips

Canine hiking buddies

Hike with a female friend

Male trail buddies

Hiking with kids

Things to know
before you hit the trail

Best day hike tips

Use a dayhike checklist to stay organized

How to choose a great backpack

Bring the hiking ten essentials

Use a hiking pack list to stay organized

Pack the right lunch



Dress properly for your hike

Plus size clothing options for hikers

Hiking rain gear tips

Prevent cold hands

Keep your feet warm

Stay clean, comfy and confident: hiker hygiene tips

Avoid heat related illness on hot hikes

REI membership benefits

Car camping for hikers

Develop your hiking and outdoor skills

Take an advanced REI Co-op class

Get comfortable with topographical maps

Outdoor skills you need

How to hike in the winter

Night hiking skills

Best hiking field guides

Off trail hiking skills to develop

Hiking gear you'll need

Create a hiking equipment list

Buy the best hiking gear

Choose reliable hiking gear sources

Ultimate guide to choosing the best hiking boots

Consider used outdoor gear

Wear the right pack

What to look for in women's outdoor clothing

Protect your expensive phone

Hiking versus camping equipment

Why use trekking poles?

Carry the best hiking wallet

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Hiking safety

Think ahead: injury prevention

Pre-hike conditioning and strength

Establish these healthy hiking habits

Use the Leave No Trace Hiking principles

Avoid hiking injuries

Say no to hiking illness

Carry a survival kit

Avoid, or deal with, getting lost

Prepare for hiking in the rain

Safe high altitude hiking

Lightning safety

Hot weather hiking tips

Day hike food safety strategies

Cold weather hiking tips

Avoid hypothermia

Frostbite prevention strategies

Spring hiking gear list

Consider carrying a bug net

Hike safely during hunting season

Bear awareness

Mountain goat safety tips

Falling tree risk safety tips

Hiking self care

How to handle swollen fingers

Deal with swollen feet

Sore feet tips

Fight inflammation

Skin care for hikers

Muscle injury prevention

Preparation Tips For Solo Hiking

If you're hiking in a group, you can fall back on the skill set and what's in the backpacks of your hiking buddies.

Going solo?

You're all you've got, so think carefully how you're going to meet trail challenges with skill, grace and confidence.

These tips will get you started.

Why hike solo?

Solo trip planning

Solo hiking fears

Solo hiking confidence

Solo hiking quizzes

Need A Gear List?

By now, you're realizing that you can start off as a hiker with minimal gear: sturdy shoes or boots, a small backpack, a water bottle, a map, some snacks.

In other words, the ten essentials.

But to stay organized, and to create a system that makes it easy to get prepared for any level of hiking you're going to do, stick with a list.

Take your pick!

Now it's time to put boots on trail. These tips will make it easy to get going.

At The Trailhead

Stretch at the trailhead

Last minute gear checks

Eat a snack for quick energy

Boot lacing tips

During Your Hike

Dress in layers

Pace yourself

Maintain your energy level

Snack early and often

Go gluten free

Stay hydrated

Deal with sore knees

Prevent blisters

Treat blisters

Use a trail journal seven different ways

Read the weather

Carry rain gear

Keep your electronics dry

Avoid hypothermia

Navigate wisely

Handle trail stressors

Protect your skin from UV damage

And insects!

Deal with hygiene issues

Strategies for hiking with hot flashes

Be safe on the trail

Hot weather hiking

High altitude hiking

Hike your own hike

Take some pictures

Identify what's around you

Avoid tick bites

Know what to do with tick bites

Have fun with geocaching

Easy hiking boot care tips

Tenacious Tape repair tips

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Great hike!

Now what?

Don't just peel off those sweaty socks and call it good. Get ready for your next hike with these tips.

Post-Dayhike Tips
For Women Hikers

Deal with inflammation

Erase aches and pains

Deal with osteoarthritis

Tend to your sore feet

Or your sore back

Or your sore knees!

Manage your swollen fingers

Deal with swollen feet & ankles

Fix toe problems

Ponder all 4 dimensions of hiking

Treat yourself right!

Information overload!!

Was that too many best hiking tips to read on the screen?

Don't even know where to start??

Don't want to click around and book mark everything?

Feeling a bit overloaded?

I hear you!

That's why I've come up with a solution:

Get all of these tips, and lots more not found on this website, in one convenient package called Hiking For Her's Best Tips For Women Dayhikers book.

  • Available from Amazon in paperback and electronic versions for your convenience.

I've heard from hikers who call it a hiking encyclopedia, and have it marked up with notes and stickies!

Now let's transition into backpacking tips.

Best hiking tips
for backpackers

Many of the tips offered for day hikers work for longer trips, too.

But here are specific tips and trail techniques devoted to hikers who plan on staying overnight, or night after night, in the wilds of the outdoors.

We'll use the same logic of before, during and after as we did for the dayhiking tips.

Best Backpacking Tips:
Before You Hit The Trail

Plan a great backpacking trip

Read this if you're planning your first backpacking trip

Overnight trips are a great way to start

Overnight hiking tips

Consider a long distance hiking trail adventure

Best backpacking equipment

Backcountry gear list

Plan your backcountry hiking

Bring good hiking camping equipment

Carry a gear repair kit

Choose the right pack

The best hiking backpacks

Consider a waterproof backpack

Choose the right type of tent

The best tents

How to rent a tent

Minimalist tarp shelter

Components of a sleep system

Choose a great sleeping bag

Consider a sleeping bag liner

Sleeping bag or backpacking quilt?

Calculate your food needs carefully

Bring the right backpacking stove

Water bottles

Safe drinking water

Be able to recognize giardia symptoms

Consider lightweight or ultralight backpacking gear

Pack your backpack correctly

Customize a backpacking hygiene kit

Do you need a bear canister?

How and when to use bear spray

Should you bring survival gear?

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During Your Backpacking Trip

Bring the right kitchen gear

Keep yourself well fed

Jazz up your taste buds

Best protein sources

Best rice for backpacking

Keep a clean camp kitchen

Trail etiquette (free pdf download)

Make sure your water is potable

Avoid waterborne illness

Use the right hiking pace

Repel the insect pests

Skin care for hikers

Enjoy your Kindle

Get a good night's sleep

Lightning safety tips for hikers

Safe water crossing tips

Hiking Clothing And Footwear

Wear the right clothes

Be thoughtful about your sports bra

A hiking skirt might be the best choice

Best hiking skirts

Fall hiking clothing and gear guide

Plus size outdoor clothing

Wear the right boots

Narrow feet? Find the best boots

Winter hiking boots

Choose the right socks

Bring the right layers

That's the end of the specific backpacking tips.

But we're not done yet!

Best hiking tips for all hikers:
How to buy the best hiking gear

Lots to consider in this category, and it's where you'll want to do some background research into what works, and works well, in the field.

Reviews written by hikers who push hard in the outdoors are one place to start.

Hiking For Her gear, food 
and book tips

Best HFH reviews

Score a deal on gear

Hiking destination tips

If you're here for some quick suggestions for the best hiking destinations, dip into this hiking treasure trove.

  • Mountain hiking tips will be vastly different compared with forest hiking tips, so if you're headed into new territory and unfamiliar terrain, pay close attention to which tips best fit your hiking plans.

If you want to devote some of your precious vacation time to hiking in a new area, and maybe with some brand new friends, start here:

How to stay current
on hiking tips and tricks

Best hiking tips tip:

A good way to approach this info-packed hiking resource page is to bookmark it and come back often to explore it.

But just so you know, there are three four more ways to grab the freshest, most condensed hiking tips:

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Here's how to find each of those trails to the freely flowing hiking tips at Hiking For Her.

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  • Use it as a reference book when you run into problems with your footwear, gear, or trail performance.
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Why do you need these
best hiking tips anyway?

Why do you need best hiking tips?

Isn't hiking just walking?

Here's why:

You need the best of the best hiking tips for women hikers because the simple act of taking a hike is complicated by many factors you might not control:

  • climate
  • season 
  • weather (much different than climate!) 
  • trail conditions
  • hiking distance 
  • pack weight 
  • what's on your feet
  • terrain 
  • your age
  • your level of conditioning 
  • your nutritional and hydration status
  • your mental state and attitude

Granted, you can control some of these factors, but not all, and not all of the time.

When you're hiking, it's likely that problems will challenge you:

  • pesky bugs
  • injury
  • losing the route
  • blisters
  • using the wrong hiking pace
  • dehydration

And don't overlook the obvious: the gear you're using (or have forgotten to bring).

It all adds up!

Taken together, these factors play into how effective your hiking techniques may or may not be for the hike you're planning.

  • An "easy" 5 mile loop trip on a relatively flat, well-marked trail can become a nightmare if a sudden storm whips up, your boots have rubbed your heels raw, and you skipped lunch.
  • On the other hand, you can enjoy a 12 mile hike with an elevation gain of 3000 feet in sub-optimal weather by wearing the right hiking clothing, keeping hydratedwarm, and snacking appropriately every few hours.

Now is a good time to do a little myth busting about some of the hiking tips floating around out there.

The myth of "real" hikers

Every one of these best hiking tips offered freely here was earned through blood, sweat, tears and triumph during my decades as a hiker.

You can trust them! 

But here's a sad fact I see on hiking websites:

  • There is no shortage of hiking myths floating around about "real" hiking.

MYTH: A statement that is wrongly believed to be true.

Examples of myths you should avoid

Let me share a few examples of myths I've heard about how "real" hikers hit the trail:

  • You have to break a speed or endurance record.
  • You have to go it alone every time.
  • Real hikers have to look a certain way, weigh a certain amount, and dress in cute hiking outfits.
  • If you haven't started hiking in your twenties, it's too late.

And lots more myths junk that you should avoid like a huge patch of poison ivy.

But consider this

You might not even notice that you've bought into false statements about what a real hiker looks like.

  • Even worse, you might be letting them hold you back from quality (and maybe quantity) trail time!

It's not in my nature to leave these hiking myths unchallenged.

No hiker, newbie to trail hardened expert, deserves to be burdened by these myths!

And certainly not someone smart enough to be reading this page ;)

Free myth busting course for you!

Thus, I designed a free 5 day mini-course so we could to do a little myth busting.

Over 5 days, I can share 3 of the most common hiking myths with you.

  • Only you can decide if you're unconsciously laboring under the burden of one (or more) of them.

But I won't leave it at that.

I'll also share 2 hiking habits I recommend to every hiker, with best hiking tips to get you started down the right trail (so to speak).

You might already be displaying these “real hiker” traits!

If not, it's time to add them to your repertoire.

In a nutshell, these free mini-lessons will hold up a mirror so you can recognize yourself as a real hiker (or a real hiker in training) without buying into myths.

I've made signing up free, fast, and it will give me permission to send you one mini-lesson each day for the next 5 days.

Myths & Habits of a "Real" Hiker

Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.

Please enter the word that you see below.


What happens once you sign up?

The first “real hiker” myth will land in your in box.

Devote 5 minutes (probably much less) to reading it.

Then think it over on your daily hike/walk/swim/bike ride/run/whatever gets you outside.

  • Five days X five minutes = less than half an hour.
  • In less than a week, these best hiking tips will help to make you a stronger hiker by replacing myth with facts.

And I can sleep better at night, knowing that one more hiker has confidence in herself :)


Myth busting is way more fun
than ghost busting

Sign up for the free mini-course if you're ready to answer these questions:

*What exactly does a “real” hiker look and act like?

*What hiking tips do they use to make trail time more enjoyable?

*Am I a real hiker?

Best hiking tips -
and plenty of them!

Who knew there was so much to think about as a hiker??

I've poured out what I know about hiking so you can shorten your learning curve, avoid mistakes, and get prepared to have happy trails.

Let's bottom line these hiking tips for women hikers:

To be the best hiker you can be,

take the time to develop your strengths.

The tips and tricks on this website will get you off to a strong start.

And your trail time will be richer for it.

Contact me if you have questions about hiking.

I'm here to help!

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