Winter is coming and with it, the perfect season for hiking. One of the most common misconceptions is that hiking is best enjoyed only in the warmer months. But it may surprise you that some of the most unobstructed and incredible views, along with the cleanest, crisp air, is optimal during the cooler season.
Knowing it’s no easy feat to tackle the trails in the cooler months and that it often calls for further preparation and the right gear, we’ve put together our top five tips for hiking in the cooler months.
- Remember the sunscreen
One of the most common mistakes Aussies make in the winter is neglecting to slip, slop, slap. While the slip and slap are taken care of when we layer up to keep warm, sunscreen is usually forgotten. The sun is just as damaging in winter, so if you’re planning a hike that’s going to have you basking in the fresh air all day long it’s important to protect against UV rays with some sunscreen.
- Be prepared for shorter days
With winter comes shorter days. When planning a hike, make sure you account for a later sunrise and an earlier sunset. The experts recommend rising with the sun rather than leaving later and getting caught in the dark – But you can’t go wrong arming yourself with a headlamp! We recommend a heavy-duty and rechargeable head lamp if night time hiking is on the agenda.
- Fuel Up
Keeping hydrated with water is a given, but for a more rewarding experience bring along your favourite hot beverage to keep you warm and motivated throughout. This Magnum Vacuum Insulated Flask is perfect as you trek or to enjoy on top of a mountain with the screw on cap, which also doubles as a cup. Easy to access snacks like jerky and muesli bars are optimal food for fuel that you can eat on the go!
- Layer like an onion
Hiking is made easier when you dress appropriately in comfortable clothing. Avoid committing to the long sleeves and thermal trousers. Instead, opt for layering so you can add clothing when you get cold and peel off when you start to sweat. Smart fabrics can also mean the difference between shivering in your wet cotton clothes and hiking comfortably in quick-to-dry nylon or polyester.
- A good backpack
A good, sturdy backpack is the saving grace of a hike, especially in winter when you tend to pack more. It’s where you’ll store your extra layers, electronic devices and snacks, so it’s important to protect your belongings against the moisture in the air with a bag that is water resistant. For extra protection, we recommend a Day Pack that has an integrated rain cover for added weather resistance.