How to Plan a Walking Route

How to Plan a Walking Route
Nothing is more peaceful and relaxing than taking a hike through the wilderness. As with most outdoor activities, it is best to be prepared and plan ahead. This is true with planning a walking route too. You want to be prepared for the unexpected. When planning a walking route, you will need to take several things into consideration. With a little planning and preparation, your trek into nature should go off without a hitch and be an enjoyable memory.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Tips on Planning a Walking Route

Things You’ll Need:
  • Trail map
  • Field guide to edible plants and wildlife
  • GPS
Step 1
Purchase a map of the area in which you will be hiking. You then will be able to assess all of the terrains you will be walking through and prepare for them.
Step 2
Check the weather forecast for the area during the time you plan on hiking there. You can then prepare for changes in temperature or rain.
Step 3
Consider the physical condition of everyone that will be joining you on your trek. You don't want to choose a route that will be too difficult for members in your group to walk through. For example, don't choose a 10-mile route if you plan on bringing a small child with you who won't be able to walk the full distance.
Step 4
Buy a field guide of the wild edible plants in the area and the local wildlife. In the event you become stranded, you'll need to know on what you can survive and with what dangerous wildlife you might have to contend.
Step 5
Consider how many miles the route will encompass and how long it will take you to walk it. Also, consider if the hike is a looped trail or you will have to walk back the same way you came. You can then plan how long the walk will take you and when you will need to start the hike to be able to finish it before dark.
Step 6
Purchase a GPS unit to bring along on the hike with you. You will then be able to know exactly where you are in the event you get lost.
Step 7
Plan all the equipment and supplies you will need to bring with on your trek such as water, snacks or a first-aid kit. You will also want to inform someone of when and where you plan on hiking in the event an emergency happens. You will then be able to be found.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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