Whether you are intent on tackling a local trail or have your sights set on Mount Everest, these handy hacks are going to help you become the king or queen of hiking!
Duct Tape Your Water Bottle
Duct tape is always very useful when hiking, allowing you to fix broken boots or patch up a leaky tent. But instead of packing a bulky roll that eats up valuable space in your rucksack, wrap some around your water bottle instead.
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Know How Much Sunlight You’ve Got Left
There’s an invaluable little trick for when you’re out hiking and you need to know how much time you’ve got before it gets dark. Stretch your arm out, and every finger width from the horizon to the bottom of the sun can be taken as 15 minutes of daylight.
Know Where South Is
As the saying goes, When in doubt, head south. To tell which direction south is, line up the hour hand on your watch with the sun and then find the half-way point between the hour hand and 12 o’clock. That’s south.
Make a Mini Camping Stove
Camping stoves are bulky and can take up a lot of room in your rucksack, which can end up being quite costly. To make a mini makeshift stove, you’ll just need a couple of tools, some cans of Coca Cola and maybe some alcohol solution. There are loads of tutorials available online as to how to do it.
Put a Cork on It
If you’re going to be jumping across streams, traversing waterfalls, or wading through bodies of water of any kind, you will want to make sure that your valuables are buoyant. Add a wine cork to your car keys, just in case.
Use Biodegradable Tape
Getting lost is every hiker’s worst nightmare, but there’s a simple way to make sure you can find your way back to your camp. Using biodegradable tape to mark out your route is a great way to stay on the right track, and allows you to leave no trace at the same time.
Treat Blisters With Duct Tape
While we’re discussing duct tape, this little trail essential is also excellent for blister treatment. When they first start to appear, apply tape to the area for a little extra protection and padding.
Waterproof Your Backpack
Is there anything worse than getting back to your camp to find you’ve got nothing dry to wear because your clothes are all soggy thanks to a leak in your bag? Add an extra layer of protection and line your backpack with a shopping or dry bag to slot inside your pack and keep things wearable.
Waterproof Your Gadgets
One small splash or a leaking bag will end the life of your probably-very-expensive gadget. Avoid this by wrapping them in a freezer bag.