Seasonal Hiking: A New Thanksgiving Tradition?

Eagle Creek Ride/HikeWith its typically crisp weather and clear skies, Thanksgiving weekend is often a great time to get outdoors – especially if you want to work off some of those mashed potatoes.  As Americans become increasingly aware of the need to get more exercise, more and more families are incorporating seasonal hiking into their holiday traditions.

A Thanksgiving hike is a way for the whole family to get out into nature before it gets too cold and snowy.  Choose a route that suits the age and ability level of everyone in your hiking group, and make sure you’re prepared for the colder weather and earlier sunsets by bringing along plenty of LED flashlights and warm clothing.

Here’s a look at some of the essential equipment you’ll need for an autumn hike:

Sunscreen. Even in fall and winter, it’s important to protect your skin against sun damage when you hike outdoors. Here’s a good rule of thumb: if it’s light enough that you don’t need your LED flashlight to see by, you should be wearing sunscreen.

Rain ponchos. Fall weather can turn on a dime, and you never know when you might get caught in a downpour. If the weather shifts, the ounce an emergency rain poncho takes up in your pack is well worth the weight.

Water. You should never undertake any athletic activity without bringing along adequate hydration – it’s as essential as your LED flashlight. Pack enough water to get you through the hike, plus some extra just in case.

First aid kit. Make sure at least one person in your party brings along a first aid kit in case someone sustains an injury on the trail.

LED Flashlights and headlamps. No matter what time of day you set out for your hike, you should always bring enough LED flashlights for everyone in your party. This is especially important for hiking in the fall and winter, when night can set in much sooner than expected. An LED flashlight might make the difference between getting home and getting stuck out in the cold overnight. For an even better hiking experience, consider using LED headlamps instead. Headlamps leave your hands free for carrying gear or using a walking stick – plus they conveniently provide illumination in whatever direction you’re looking.

Fall hiking can be a great way for families to bond and decompress together during Thanksgiving weekend. Coast Products wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

[ photo by: gabriel amadeus, on Flickr, via CC License ]

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