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If you’re into your fitness and adventure and looking to go away this summer as a solo traveller, then you may be interested in a hiking experience. 

Each year, many solo travellers venture out on a solo hiking trip as it’s a way to have a break from their everyday life, whilst also getting to see new destinations. 

You can put your laptop down on a Friday after work, go away for a couple of days before returning fresh, to tackle a new week again – it’s the perfect way to decompress! And at the same time, active travel benefits your mental health.

So what advice would we suggest to someone looking to go on a solo hike?

It’s important to wear the right clothing, it’s important that you spend some time learning the route and it’s important to know your limits – the last thing you want is to push yourself too hard. More below. 

3 Tips for Solo Hiking in 2024

Wear the Right Clothing 

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You wouldn’t turn up to a tennis match wearing jeans and a shirt, so why would you do the same when hiking?

When on a hike, ensure you have the correct clothing before setting off.

Hiking shoes are very important as they have the correct support for your ankles as well as grip. Be sure to properly wear them in if you have purchased new shoes, before heading out on your actual trip.

A hiking top is extremely useful as it won’t rub, and will absorb your sweat. Hiking socks reduce blisters and swelling.

Spend Time Learning the Route

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Know what you are going to be getting yourself into before setting off. Spend time learning the route you are going to take on, which will also allow you to prepare yourself for any inclines and any drastic changes in terrain.

Be prepared for the weather conditions and make sure the distance you plan to travel isn’t too far for you, in other words, know your limits which leads us to the next point. 

Know Your Limits 

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Know your limits! This is so important because if you don’t, this could put you in potential danger.

You don’t want to take on more than you can chew, as this could lead to you injuring yourself or requiring help near the end of your hike.

As a beginner, take on a beginner walking holiday as these are designed for people who are new to the sport. Once you have experience in hiking solo, this is when you can start to increase the difficulties of your adventures.

Before setting off on your trip, read any user reviews as this can help give you some real-life insight into the challenge you are about to take on. 

What tips would you recommend to someone who is planning on going on a solo hike? Which of the above tips did you find most useful? Are there any tips that you think we should add to our guide? Is there anything you would like to share that will help our readers? Let us know in the comment box below, we would love to hear from you. 

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007.  Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; an online magazine dedicated to opening your eyes to the wonders of the wild & natural world.

Having visited 100+ countries across all seven continents, Megan’s travels focus on cultural immersion, authentic discovery and incredible journeys. She has a strong passion for ecotourism, and aims to promote responsible travel experiences.


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