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Hiking Tips to Remember this Summer


Hillside Commons Blog, Oneonta, NY  Give yourself an adventure this summer and explore the hiking trails behind our apartment community. Don't forget these hiking tips!


Summer is a perfect time to get active. Do so while enjoying the beauty of Oneonta, NY by taking to the hiking trails in the backyard of your apartment community at Hillside Commons. Remember these hiking tips as you do for an efficient trip!


Dress for the occasion.

You want to be comfortable during your foray into nature, so dress in clothing that you won’t mind getting dirty or sweaty and that allows for ventilation if you get hot. Wear proper hiking boots or shoes that are broken in that give you good grip, especially if you’re going anywhere with a steep trail. Protect your skin from the sun (even if you’re in a shady area!) by wearing sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses.


Snack it up.

Avoid over-exerting yourself on a hike by keeping a small supply of snacks on hand — especially if your hike is pretty long. Healthy snacks like trail mix and granola bars can tide you over until you’re finished with your hike and ready for a full meal. Just keep them properly sealed in a plastic bag so no melted chocolate escapes into your backpack.


Stay hydrated.

Water is vital to your mental and physical health — to keeping you alive, of course! Keep plenty on hand for your hike (or even for after, if you’re taking a short, easy walk) to keep the energy levels high. Your body needs a steady intake of more water, even more than you might think is necessary, because you’re losing plenty when you go to the restroom and as you sweat. So keep refueling and refilling your water bottle. It will cool you down, too!


Research your route.

Choose a route based on the appropriate skill level for you. Be aware of the length of the hike, but don’t get too caught up in that. It’s always ok to stop and turn around before you’ve reached the destination. Know your limits, know where you are (keep a compass handy), bring along a friend to share in the fun, and tell anyone else you trust when to expect you back. While you’re there, bask in the beauty and let yourself enjoy the journey.


What other hiking tips do you think are important for beginning and expert hikers to remember? Share your thoughts with the rest of us by leaving a comment below. Thanks for reading! We hope you enjoy the amenities at Hillside Commons this summer.