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33 Heroic Adventures to Take Today

33 Adventures of a Lifetime

Planning your next heroic adventure, we’ve narrowed down some of the most memorable destinations in the world to get you off the beaten path and feed your adventurous spirit.

When you are seeking an unforgettable journey, you won’t wrong with these 33 destinations.

From the markets of Iquitos, Peru deep in the Amazon to the best food in the world at Noma in Denmark, the Heroic Adventures team scanned their collective experiences to choose the best adventures to take now.

Journey on!

1. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Foreground water reflecting Ankgor Temple Cambodia

Base yourself out of Cambodia’s Temple Town, Siem Reap, to begin your explorations of the massive Angkor Wat temple area.

This ancient Buddhist temple is the largest in the world which has a deep history dating back to the 12th century.

Angkor Wat is only one of about 50 temples scattered across 155 square miles.

The ruins fight the onslaught of jungle occupation, in recent years–thanks to the fall of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge–refurbishing temples to a visitable state has included land mine eradication in parallel to rapid development in Siem Reap to host in the influx of tour groups.

After taking a tour of the temple, explore the surrounding jungle and the sacred River of a Thousand Lingas.

2. Secret Beach, Kauai

View of Kilauea Lighthouse from Secret Beach in Kauai Hawaii

While most Hawaii beaches have endless stretches of sand and palm trees, none can compare to the secluded Secret Beach on Kauai.

Hike downhill through the natural bushes can cascading waterfalls to reach the 3,ooo foot stretch of sand.

Whale watch or observe the Kilauea Lighthouse from, the shores or by kayak.

3. Wuyishan, Fujian, China

Wuyishan People Rafting in Mountain River on Bamboo Canoe

Located in the Wuyishan Mountain range, this Chinese city has been recognized for both its cultural influences and beautiful surroundings.

After enjoying some local rock tea, venture through 36 different mountain peaks.

Hike through the one-of-a-kind rainforests in the nature reserve or explore the subtropical forests, which contain thousands of different plant and animal species.

4. Santorini, Greece

Whitewashed Windmill overlooking ocean in Santorini Greece

Known for its black sand beaches and white cliff-side buildings, Santorini mesmerizes as if you were in a dream landscape.

You can take a walking tour of the rocky cliffs or enjoy water sports in the Amoundi Bay.

Indulge Greek cuisine and sip the national drink Ouzo as you absorb the atmosphere found only within Greek borders.

5. Jellyfish Lake, Eli Malk Island, Palau

Snorkel with Jellyfish - Jellyfish Lake Pallau

The Rock Islands are well-known for being mostly untouched and uninhabited, making them the perfect spot for outdoor adventures.

Jellyfish Lake is an ocean-connected lake surrounded by limestone c1nd reef.

Populated by rare Moon and Golden jellyfish, this secluded lake is perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving.

6. Black Rock City Nevada

Girl Spinning Fire at Burning Man Festival Nevada Desert

Head to the world’s foremost nomadic city known for it’s hedonism as well as it’s art.

Black Rock City, Nevada–better known in the collective consciousness as Burning Man is a must visit destination for any well traveled soul.

From unimaginable art to the the upturning of social reality, when you leave Black Rock City, don’t be surprised if you feel like you’ve just returned from another planet.

Don’t let the entry fee or the hardship stop from this journey because, until Elon Musk or another Space X like venture makes extraterrestrial visitations achievable, going to Black Rock City and Burning Man will remain the world’s cheapest ticket to another planet.

7. Nova Scotia, Canada

Canada Coastline Nova Scotia Adventure

Enjoy the tranquil views of the rocky coastlines on this calm Canadian island before taking advantage of the large waves and extreme tides.

Whether you want to see some puffins or whales via kayak or surf Lawrencetown Beach, you’ll find the extreme water sports you seek in Nova Scotia.

8. Venice, Italy

Venice Italy Coffee Drinking Overlooking Canal

One of the most iconic activities in Venice is a Gondola ride and serenade.

Very few people realize that the city waterways are perfect for kayaking.

When you are done touring the historic city by boat, venture to the nearby island farms and vineyards for some of the best Italian cuisine in the area.

For the lowdown on Italian coffee check out The Origins of Italian Coffee Culture.

9. Dubrovnik, Croatia

Old Town of Dubrovnik Croatia looking down from hill

Step back in time when you visit this intact walled city bordering the Adriatic Sea.

This World Heritage site isn’t just home to unique architecture and historic buildings; it is also  home to some of the most unique beaches in the world.

Kayak or sail to nearby (only 10 minutes from Dubrovnik) Lokrum Island to swim in the Dead Sea or marvel all the exotic plants.

10. Hong Kong Islands

View over ocean from Lama Island with hiking path in foreground

Hong Kong may be one of the world’s most packed metropolis’s but within a convenient ferry float away you can access a number of Hong Kong’s 263 islands.

Explore former pirate hideouts and enjoy a seafood feast seaside on Lamma Island, easily accessible from the Central Piers in front of Hong Kong Island tallest building the IFC.

Get your hiking poles ready if you want to traverse the island, you can check the ferry times here.

For other islands you can visit from the Central Piers check here.

11. Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Trincomalae beach scene in Sri Lanka

Trincomalee is a small  town filled with luxury resorts and surrounded by rocky beaches.

For adventurers looking to dive in the India Ocean or spend a few days on a yacht, the tranquil environment and active wildlife conservation efforts in Trincomalee make this place an intriguing destination.

12. Istanbul, Turkey

Blue Mosque Istanbul Turkey sunset

Istanbul is known for its unique architecture and stunning waterways.

While most tourists try to see the historic buildings by cruise, many adventurers can taking to the skies: floating around the large city in a hot air balloon.

When you’ re looking to escape the city life, float over nearby Cappadocia, a natural site known for its large cone-shaped rock formations.

13. Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Have you ever wanted to take a tour of an active volcano?

Volcanoes National Park is home to Mauna Loa, the 2nd largest volcano on Earth and responsible for forming a large part of the Hawaiian island chain.

Travel across the observatory road trail or spend a few days camping and climbing the natural lava formations.

14. Wanaka, South Island, New Zealand

Wanaka South Island Heroic Adventure Travel

Home of the Swiss Alps, South Island attracts thousands of skiers and hikers every year.

What sets Wanaka a part from the other small towns is its closeness to Mount Aspiring National Park, making it the perfect fishing spot.

Sip wine and relax in a luxury lakeside hotel or set off on your own to enjoy the pristine mountains.

15. Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre Italy Houses on rock outcrop overlooking ocean

Want to get the true Italian experience?

Travel along the rugged coastline to the historical towns in Cinque Terre.

These colorful cities are known for their strong ties to the Italian Riviera, offering fishing charters.

After your day at sea, tour one of the many ancient vineyards located throughout the mountains, where they practice heroic viticulture–classified as vineyards at altitudes above 600 feet and on slopes of no less than 30% grade in difficult to grow conditions.

16. Marrakesh, Morocco

Entrance to Marrakesh (tower) Morocco North Africa

Marrakesh is known for its beautiful gardens and medieval palaces surrounded by the Atlas Mountains.

If you have already hiked through the Atlas Mountain range, spend a few days camping in the Sahara Desert.

Ride through the sand on the back of a camel or pitch a tent in a luxurious oasis.

17. Michaelmas Cay, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Great Barrier Reef Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest stretch of protected coral reef known to man.

Michaelmas Cay is well-known for its rare fish and sea bird sightings.

Charter a glass-bottom catamaran or go snorkeling.

The most extreme adventurers can combine their snorkeling tours with a skydiving session, where you’ll get clear views of the islands and the pristine ocean waters.

18. Hakone, Japan

Hakone Japan Mt Fuji Hikers Shrine Lake

This volcanic region is known for its traditional Japanese inns and hot springs.

It is a favorite destination among Mount Fuji hikers looking to relax or tour the world-class art museums.

The beautiful Lake Ashi creates a picturesque environment and provides several opportunities for sightseeing cruises.

Alternatively, travel along the Hakone Ropeway to get a perfect view.

19. Bogota, Colombia

Bogota, Colombia

This vibrant city is surround by the Andes Mountains, making it perfect for urban adventurers and outdoorsmen alike.

Whether you are touring the historic buildings or hiking to the El Chiflon Waterfall, you will have a rewarding experience.

If you would like to bask in the unique Andes wildlife, try taking an exclusive ecotour.

20. Iquitos, Peru

View Looking at Floating Houses and boats over the Itaya River in Iquitos, Peru

The largest town in the Peruvian Amazon, Iquitos can only be arrived at via boat or plane. Its border spreads from riverside to thick jungle and feels far from everything and in a different world.

Known for clean skies and smiles, when you are looking for a safe place to experience an Ayahuasca Retreat you won’t go wrong in Iquitos, just make sure you do your due diligence before committing to any specific shaman and their ayahuasca ceremony.

Beyond journeys involving medicine plants, you can visit Amazonian islands and experience Shipibo culture or go on a multi-day Amazon tour to view wildlife and begin to get a feel for the the mysteries enshrouded by the vast Amazon.

21. Milford Sound, New Zealand Milford Sound

Milford Sound snow covered steep mountains in background and water of the sound in foreground

Milford Sound is best known for the Milford Track, a 53 kilometer adventure starting at Lake Te Anau.

If you would rather see the mountain peaks and suspension bridges from a distance, try navigating the river ways by kayak or charter a helicopter for a scenic flight.

22. Sa Pa, Lao Cai Province, Vietnam

Sa Pa Vietnam rural adventure

Sa Pa is known for its curvy roads and inconsistent weather, but it is also home to some of the most beautiful mountains in Vietnam.

Situated on the border of China, this region is perfect for people looking to hike through lush, diverse landscapes.

Trek or cycle by a number of orchid gardens and traditional rice terraces before settling down for the night in a remote hotel.

23. Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

Highest Train Station in Europe Bernese Overland

This Swiss region has several unique attractions for the outdoor adventurer.

It is home to the Berenese Alps and Lake Thum, both of which are perfect for hiking.

Called by some, The Top of Europe. The Bernese Oberland is home of Europe’s highest train station (11,3302 feet above sea level), so–for you train buffs–this is the place of the most heroic train adventure at altitude in Europe.

Medieval history buffs can also appreciate roaming through the many small villages, many of which have history dating back to the 12oo’s.

24. Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Hot Springs Iceland Blue Lagoon

Relax while you enjoy breathtaking scenery at this geothermal spa.

One of the 25 wonders of the world, Blue Lagoon was formed by a volcanic erupt ion that created a unique landscape.

For those that don’t want to soak in the saltwater, hike towards the nearby town of Grindavik to get amazing pictures of the lava beds.

25. Antelope Canyon, Arizona, United States

Arizona Navajo Land Sandstone Slot Canyon, 'Antelope Canyon'

Natural beauty can come from any landscape, even dry and dead ones. These spiraling canyon walls reach up more than 120 feet in some areas.

At some point in history, rushing water created the curves and grooves in the sandstone.

The canyon is a sacred site to Navajo, and is called – Tsé bighánílíní: “the place where water runs through rocks.”

Since the destination is on the Navajo Nation (i.e. sovereign Native American territory) interested travelers must take a guided tour to see the canyon.

The tour guides give a great overview of the history and creation of the sacred walls.

Perfect for any type of traveler and does not require any climbing or strenuous activity.

26. Copenhagen, Denmark

Boat in Canal of Copenhagen

Walk, bike or boat through this culinary town.

Copenhagen in recent years emerged as the epicenter of Nordic haute cuisine.

Scandinavian chefs have put Copenhagen on any adventurous epicure’s map with the reopening of the what for a few years was noted as the world’s top restaurant Noma, now located in the anarchist enclave known as Freetown Christiania–time will tell if the restaurant will recapture it’s former glory.

There is more to Copenhagen than the food. But, start with the food and the rest will follow naturally.

27. Malmö, Sweden

Sail Boats in foreground, Turning Torso Building in middle wiith blue sky Malmo Sweden

Malmö is a huge city known for its unique architecture and historic boardwalk.

And, it’s just a short train ride–thirty minutes–from our last entry, Copenhagen.

Map illustrating time to travel between Malmö and Copenhagen by train

While the Western Harbour is great for swimming and sunbathing, adventurers tend to head to King’s Park for jogging or cycling.

If you’re planning on backpacking through Skåne, you’ll notice the modern, urban atmosphere is much different than nearby historical Copenhagen.

28. Siwa Oasis, Egypt

Oasis Egypt Ruins of Shali and Palm trees

This isolated oasis is the perfect destination to get away from the tourists and discover natural beauty.

You can take in the natural lands and fertile fields, along with vast stretches of the Sahara Desert.

Set up your tent in the sand and stargaze in the darkness. Or bring your bathing suit for a dip in both hot and cool natural pools.

You won’t find a better opportunity to both relax and de-stress. The oasis can be an easy day-trip from the hub of Cairo.

The oasis itself is one of Egypt’s most isolated settlements, with a unique culture and very distinct language.

There are plenty of other unique destinations within the oasis as well, including the Temple of the Oracle, Cleopatra’s Bath, and Fortress of Shali.

29. Wolf Island, Galapagos Islands

Wolf Island Galapos, Diving With Whale Shark

It’s no secret that the Galapagos Islands are home to some of the unique animals on the planet.

For Wolf Island, this is especially true, showcasing several species of rare birds, including the vampire finch.

Scuba divers can also appreciate the abundance of whales, sharks and marine fish in the areas clear waters.

30. Vieques Island, Puerto Rico

Vieques Island Puerto Rico

This tropical island in Bioluminescent Bay is famous for its quiet beaches and boat tours.

The water surrounding the island is a unique blue-green popular amongst local wildlife and the best place to glimpse an assortment of water creatures on a diving safari.

After exploring the ocean, go for a hike through the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge to enjoy an encounter with the parks herds of wild horses.

31. Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Fairy Pools Scotland

Do you want to visit a scene right out of a fairy tale? Are you ready to see the visions from your dreams?

Travelers delight when they set foot in the Isle of Skye and behold the Fairy Pools.

These pools in Scotland feature crystal clear waters that perfectly reflect the baby blue skies.

Though the pools are completely natural, the otherworldly colors make them seem almost unnatural. This is a very popular spot for swimmers and even features perfect diving locations.

The walk back to the pools is short and easy, perfect for any traveler. This site is perfect for that afternoon family picnic or evening swim.

32. Faroe Islands, Denmark

Faroe Islands Church Denmark

These 18 volcanic islands have a lot to offer hikers, as most of the rocky islands are untouched by man.

While you could stay in the largest city, Torshavan, and travel by sea or land to different nature sites, you’ll get the best experience staying in one of the secluded villages surrounded by the sea.

33. Waitomo’s Glow Worm Caves, New Zealand

Waitomo Cave Interior dark except for thousands of glowing worms hanging from the cave's ceiling

This destination almost seems too magical to be real, let alone natural.

However, in these New Zealand caves, thousands of glow worms illuminate the walls in a mysterious and otherworldly way.

The attraction is now very easy to get to, and boat tours can be taken in the cave. A visitor’s center is even set up by the entrance for information on the site and more.

This site is known as worth visiting, with even locals touting the natural beauty.

When you want to get a little more adventurous, you can try out one of the activity packages which include rock climbing and rafting.

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There you have it, 33 unforgettable adventures to add to your bucket list.

What’s left now but to book your trip, plan your journey and bon voyage my dear adventurer.

Bangkok Airports (there are two) Don’t miss your flight in Bangkok!

The Difference Between Bangkok's Two International Airports

Bangkok Airports

Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang International Airport (sometimes Don Muang) are two separate airfields serving Bangkok.

The site of harried tourists leaving their hotels and arriving at the wrong airport has become more common as flight traffic increases in Bangkok.

Tourists should be prepared and know which airport they will be using, how to get there, the differences between the two and the services available at both.

Bangkok Airports Good to Know

Bangkok Airports Tourist Waiting Arrival of Bags

In September, 2006, a Qantas flight bound for Sydney departed Don Mueang Airport at 3:12 a.m.

It was to be the final commercial flight from the field that had served Bangkok since 1914. Operations ceased and were transferred to Bangkok’s new airfield, Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

The closure was short-lived, however: Operating costs at Suvarnabhumi Airport were high, and safety concerns over cracked runways and taxiways created a crisis of confidence.

Low-cost carriers saw Don Mueang Airport as a viable transit hub, and authorities began to see it as a reasonable alternative to expanding operations at Suvarnabhumi International.

By March 2007, Don Mueang International Airport again reopened for domestic flights.

Today, legacy carriers and long-haul international flights operate from Suvarnabhumi International, while low-cost carriers operate from Don Mueang International.

Here are some things to know about Bangkok’s Two Airports:

Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK)

Suvarnabhumi Airport Thailand Travel

Suvarnabhumi International Airport, 25 km east of the city, is the sixth-busiest airport in Asia and handles 53 million passengers yearly. It also has the world’s tallest free-standing control tower. It serves as the main hub for Bangkok Airways, Orient Thai, and Thai Airways. It was built in an area formerly known as Nong Nguhao, or Cobra Swamp.

The terminal is massive and as beautiful as it is functional.

TIPTourists should be warned that the arrivals hall can be populated by con-men and illegal taxi drivers, and should use care.

Getting to and from Suvarnabhumi is easy

In addition to taxis and express buses, the Airport Rail Link, which operates from 6 a.m. to midnight, connects Suvarnabhumi to downtown Bangkok.Airport Rail Link Bangkok

Connections to Bangkok’s MRT subway system can be made at the Makkasan City interchange, while the BTS Skytrain connects at the end of the line, at Phayathai Station.

Transit is cheap and the connections are easily made, but parties of three or more may find it cheaper to take a taxi.

Travel Time from Suvarnbhumi Airport to Bangkok

Approximate time into Bangkok is 30 minutes.

BKK Official Info Page & Flight Status

>>> Check your flight status for flights arriving and departing Suvarnbhumiy Airport here.

>>> Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok Official Info Page.

Video Guide to Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK)

Don Mueang International Airport (DMK)

Don Mueang International Airport

Don Mueang International Airport, 25 km north of the city, has seen yearly double-digit growth in passenger travel and handled over 35 million passengers in 2016.

Don Mueang International Airport began handling commercial traffic in 1924 and served as a major US base of operations during the Vietnam war.

Today, it is a hub for Asia’s low-cost carriers, including Thai Lion Air, Nok Air, and Thai AirAsia.

Don Mueang’s Two Terminals

  1. Terminal 1: handles international travel
  2. Terminal 2: for domestic flights

Most people traveling between Bangkok and Don Mueang Airport opt for a taxi, as there are no fast transit options in and out of the city.

A few bus routes travel to Don Mueang.

Some travelers attempt to take the Skytrain to Mo Chit station, and taxi from there, but savings are slim and reports of difficulties finding cabs at Mo Chit abound.

Travel Time from Don Mueang Airport to Bangkok CBD

Approximate time into Bangkok is 45 minutes or more.

DMK Official Info Page & Flight Status

>>> Check your flight status for flights arriving and departing Don Mueang International Airport here.

>>> Don Mueng Airport Bangkok Official Info Page.

Video Guide to Don Mueang International Airport (DMK)

Airport confusion can be prevented in Bangkok.

First, tourists must note well which airport serves their airline.

Second, you must be specific with cab drivers when traveling from hotels to the airport. It is prudent to have the name and the address written along with the terminal number to avoid confusion.

Bangkok’s two airports each serve different but equally important purposes.

Knowledge of the two and prior planning can save a mad dash between Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang International Airport as minutes tick down to departure.

Happy trails… now catch your flight!

Bangkok Airports FAQs

How far are Bangkok Airports from each other? 

The two airports DMK and BKK are 29.5 miles apart. That is 47.5 kilometers (KM).

How far is DMK from BKK?

The two airports DMK and BKK are 29.5 miles apart. That is 47.5 kilometers (KM).

Which Bangkok Airport is closest to the city center, CBD?

Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) is closest to Bangkok city center.

BUT, Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) is better connected to the city center transport-wise via the Airport Rail Link. Your only options of transport at DMK is via a vehicle, either a bus, taxi or other potentially traffic jammed transport.

How many airports does Bangkok have?

Two, Don Mueang International Airport (DMK)  and Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK).


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A Guide to Successful Hiking Trips with Your Dog

Taking Dog on Hike

Dogs make fantastic hiking companions because they genuinely love being outdoors. Their enthusiastic exploration of the surrounding sights and smells can make the trip more fun for you and your other hiking companions.

Before taking your dog out for a hike, however, it is important to give some consideration to the trail you intend to take, and to make sure you are properly prepared.

Prepare to Hike With Your Dog

Your planning will necessarily include looking up dog-friendly trails where your companion is allowed to go.

Dog Friendly Trails

Most trails should be open to dogs, but it's always better to find out for sure before you go. You don't want to have to go looking for another hike after finding out that your first pick doesn't allow dogs, and you should never leave your dog in the car while you go yourself.

On top of simply finding out if a trail is dog-friendly, you should also note:

  •  its length
  • elevation
  • condition

Only take your dog on trails that are well-suited for their ability.

Hiking with Small or Older Dogs

If your dog is smaller, older, or has sustained injuries in the past, then you don't want to pick a strenuous hike.

On the other hand, if your dog is healthy, likes a challenge, and enjoys being out for long periods of time, then go ahead and tackle something more difficult.

What to Pack

Once you've found a good trail, it's time to pack along everything your dog will need for the day. 

Make sure you bring a leash and perhaps even a spare should your main leash break.

You'll also need plenty of water, a water bowl, and food.

First aid equipment such as tweezers (if you're going to an area known to have porcupines!) and antibiotic cream are important to have on you in the event of an accident.

When you're planning on hikes farther afield, where a vet is hours away, you'll want to invest in a pet first aid kit for your dog.

A comprehensive Dog Adventure Medical Kit will keep you prepared for any mishaps when hiking in the wilds.

Adventure Medical Kits Dog Series

Your dog's collar should be in good condition and fitted with an ID tag, and you should bring along dog booties if you expect to be hiking through difficult terrain.

Situational Awareness

When you're going to be travelling far away from home, it is advisable to be aware of the location of the nearest vet. After doing all of the necessary planning and prepping, it's finally time to get hiking.

Though not always mandatory, keeping your dog on their leash will keep them out of danger and away from all sorts of problematic encounters with wildlife and unfamiliar terrain.

While your focus should be on having fun, you should never forget that it's up to you to look after your dog and keep them safe. The best and easiest way to do this is to keep them on-leash. 

Keep a close eye on your dog and take a break for rest and water if they are starting to slow down and pant too much. Be especially diligent if it is a hot day.

Counterpoint: 3 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Hike with Your Dog [Video]

PROS of Hiking with Your Dog

  • Dogs love the outdoors
  • Your dog finds animals you may miss
  • You dog adds motivation to keep trekking

CONS of Hiking with Your Dog

  • Your dog may get tired and stop walking
  • May encounter poisonous plant or animals
  • You have to go at the pace your dog wants

Conclusion

With the right precautions and on the right kind of trail, you'd be surprised at what even the smallest dogs are capable of.

Dogs love to try new things and explore new areas, so the next time you plan on taking a hike, why not bring yours along?

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Hiking With Your Dog FAQs

Is hiking good for dogs?

Dogs love to get out and exercise but make sure your dog is in good health and you bring along water. For long trekking and through hikes, it is not advisable to bring your dog. You may enjoy the multi-day trek but it may be a lot of work for you canine.

How many miles can a dog hike?

Five miles is a good rule of thumb when starting out. Your dogs paws require some conditioning to toughen up before going further. Keep aware of your dog's exertion and don't start on hike's longer than 5 miles.

Dog boots can help protect your dogs paws on long hikes.

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Can I take my dog on a hike?

Depending on where you plan to hike and the regulations in the area: it depends. You can call the park service ahead of time to find out when you are going to an official park. There may be requirements like keeping the dog on a leash.

How much weight can my dog carry hiking?

The weight your dog can easily pack is dependent on their age and general health. 25% of a dogs body weight is the max for a healthy younger dog. You may have a breed that can carry more but check with your veterinarian to make sure. Some smaller breeds can only safely carry 10% of their body weight. 

Essentials for a Day Hike

What to Bring on a Day Hike

It’s easy to have a great time hiking, but it’s also easy to have a miserable time if you hit the trail unprepared.

Below you will find a list of essentials for the average day hike.

Having the essentials covered will allow you to have a fun and relaxing time.

Just give some thought to these before you leave the house, and you can leave the worries of everyday life behind once you do.

1. Hiking Shoes

Shoes for a Day Hike

One of the best ways to have an awful time on a hike is to be wearing the wrong type of shoes.

They can cause you to develop blisters, sore heels and arches, or may pinch and rub against your foot in the wrong places. This may even happen with a pair of shoes you wear every day, because hiking is likely more strenuous than what you usually put them through.

A comfy pair of runner should be okay for a shorter hike, but you might want to choose actual hiking boots if you plan to be on the trail for the better part of the day.

Classical hiking boots with ankle support will be important if your trail is going to involve steep inclines and declines.

Did you just get new hiking boots? Make sure your break them in the right way, find out how here >>>

2. Outdoor Clothing

Hiking Clothes for day summer

Make sure that you check the forecast before you head out, and dress and pack accordingly.

It isn’t much fun being wet, cold, and miserable in the middle of the woods, and being too hot is no good either.

Dress for the weather and bring some extra clothes in your pack in case the weather changes.

Bring a sweater even on a hot day, especially if you will be out after the sun dips below the mountains.

3. Meals, Snacks, & Water

Hiking Food and Drinks Bottle

Make sure that you bring enough water with you, as you don’t want to get dehydrated out on the trail. You may even want to bring an insulated water bottle to keep your drink warm or cook, how you like it.

Food is important as well, to keep your energy and your blood sugar up. A favorite hiker’s fuel is G.O.R.P., which means good old raisins and peanuts, this mix will keep you on the heroic move.

When you are taking a very long hike, then plan to stop and have a picnic (making sure to carefully clean up after yourself!). Leave no trace.

Bring snacks even for a short hike in case you get hungry.

4. Trekking Poles

Female Two Walking Poles View over Ocean on Mountain

Trekking poles are incredibly useful on long trails, and can even be helpful on short ones.

Ascending and descending a trail can put a lot of pressure on your knees and thighs, which trekking poles will help to ease. They are also great for crossing streams and offer security on a slippery trail.

Use trekking poles if you are going a long distance, on a rough trail, or have problems with your knees.

Check out this guide on what to look for when buying trekking poles>>>

5. First Aid & Miscellaneous Items

First Aid Hiking

There are, of course, many other items that you can bring on a hike with you than the four listed above.

You should also have some basic first aid supplies such as bandages and painkillers, and items such as bug spray and sunscreen are important depending on where and when you are going.

You will also want to bring a compass, sunglasses, pocket knife, hand sanitizer or wet wipes, and a bear bell and bear spray.


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What Are Trekking Poles For? All the Facts You Need to Know

Stay Safe on the Trail with Hiking Poles

Barring a trek up Mount Everest, hiking isn’t typically regarded as the most extreme of sports.

Nevertheless, safety is an important consideration to make, especially if you wander on trails that take you far from civilization and potential rescue.

Hiking poles not only increase your speed and comfort on the trail, but also your safety.

In this article, we will answer a common question regarding this accessory, and explain to you just what are trekking poles for.

What Are Trekking Poles For?

As you already know, trekking poles are mainly used for walking. However, that isn’t the real question here. You are probably wondering why you would need such a tool to help you perform a task as simple as moving around at a moderate pace.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the benefits of this unusual contraption, we will provide you with all the necessary info. That said, there are some concerns about using trekking poles, mainly concerning the environment. There are many reasons why trekking poles are so useful, and in the next few sections, we will discuss them in detail.

Here’s How Trekking Poles Enhance Your Trek:

Many hikers prefer using something to support them while they traverse their paths. This practice has been around ever since humankind stopped using four legs for walking.

Our ancestors quickly discovered that using sticks for supporting their weight while walking will take some pressure off their muscles and allow them to put more miles under their feet with the objective of discovering territory and gathering resources.

Advantages of Using Trekking Poles

1. Hiking poles act as antennas.

That rock might look stable, but you won’t know until you put your foot on it.

Hiking poles can allow you to test surfaces before transferring your full weight.

Use hiking poles to probe the ground for slippery ice patches, rogue holes and loose rocks.

This is a good way to avoid falling down or twisting an ankle.

2. Hiking poles prevent stress injuries by reducing strain on your feet and knees.

As anyone who’s hiked in steep ranges such as the Alps can tell you, mountain terrain can really wear on your legs.

Repetitive stress injuries are common among long-distance hikers, so it’s important to take preventative measures.

The benefit of using trekking poles for walking is providing additional support to your muscles. This will allow you to traverse longer distances with less pressure being applied to your legs, back and, most importantly, spine.

3. Hiking poles keep you alert.

What are trekking poles for

If you don’t believe this one, try doing an algebra problem after walking for a few hours with a heavy pack.

The discomfort of a heavy pack tires you out and dulls your senses, making you vulnerable to wrong turns or surprising dangerous animals.

Hiking poles will ease the weight of a pack. This will make you more comfortable and therefore more able to be aware of your surroundings.

4. Hiking poles keep you balanced on tricky slopes.

No hiker wants to fall to their death; hiking poles are handy on a steep slope that’s intent on pitching you to the bottom.

Whether ascending or descending, hiking poles will make slopes much safer, allowing you better control over your balance.

Additionally, trekking poles will help you traverse difficult terrains. They can make climbing incredibly easy, especially if you have the fitting endings at the ends of your poles.

When going through sand, they will let you keep your stability and not lose much speed. Same goes for walking through mud, water, and other similar types of ground. Poles allow you to have four points of contact, which can help you negotiate patches of loose rocks and slippery mud.

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While safety is top priority, also consider the other benefits that improve the trail experience. Poles allow you to move faster and cover more ground. If your goal is maximum mileage, poles better be on your equipment list.

The use of poles can also make more difficult terrain accessible to older nature lovers.

You may be over the hill, but with poles, you can get over a mountain.

The essential set of benefits is mainly for people with health issues, such as blood pressure, heart palpitations, and lung capacity deficits. It’s well known that walking can significantly improve these ailments except in the most dangerous of cases.

By applying hiking techniques that strengthen your heart muscle, combined with trekking poles, you will improve your heart strength even more than you would by just doing regular walking. This is because trekking poles will allow you to walk for more extended periods at an increased pace.

Buying Trekking Poles

Many poles are listed at $200, but your first set doesn’t need to be that expensive.

You can purchase a perfectly reasonable set for $100 or less.

If you’re short on cash, simply repurpose some used ski poles, which can often be found for cheaper. To read more about things to consider when buying a trekking pole check out this post [with videos] >>>.

Or check out Heroic Adventures take on a multitude of popular hiking and trekking poles here >>>

Design Features of Trekking Poles

Most new trekking poles are made out of aluminum or carbon fiber. These have proven to give you the best balance between durability and price. Also, they are made twofold or threefold so that you can extend or retract them at your own volition.

Many have additional design features like ergonomic handles, endings that adapt to different types of terrain, and arm straps to secure your grip better and help you stay in control better.

Rules to Follow When Using Trekking Poles

In their core, trekking poles are in no way dangerous for using, no matter how you do it. They can only grant you many health benefits and improve your hiking performance, which is what we talked about earlier.

Do note though that some people actually claim that trekking poles are harmful to nature and the environment. They say that careless hikers ruin the boulders and stones by scratching them with their poles. Also, there have been reports of vegetation being damaged by the physical impact of the poles on some of the more popular trails.

There is no legal way that anyone can stop you from using trekking poles like the rest of the community does. Nevertheless, if you wish to be entirely morally sound, you can employ some techniques that will allow you to travel with a clear conscience.

 

Rules to Follow When Using Trekking Poles

First off, you should use adequate endings for your trekking poles that will ensure you don’t do any damage to the terrain. These are made out of rubber, and they are easily accessible in various retail shops or stores that sell outdoor gear. Likewise, they are quite inexpensive, so you don’t have to worry about this being too hard on your budget.

Also, you can choose not to use your trekking poles when you’re approaching stones that can get damaged or when hiking through places where the poles would hit vegetation while you’re walking.

Time to Hit the Trails

Trekking poles have been used since forever, and they have only grown better as the human kind progressed. More features are being added to them every year, while some others tend to be removed. All of this is done with the objective of making them the best possible for helping humans hike.

We hope you understand in entirety what are trekking poles for. Additionally, we have provided some more information about the ways you should use them to get the most out of your hikes and walks safely. If you think you could use the benefits they provide, don’t hesitate to purchase a pair.