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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Hiking Essentials


While home I went on several hikes as an alternative to running and to see some of the beautiful sights that the Adirondack mountains have to offer.  Over the years and through trial and error, I learned what needs to be packed and needs to be left home on a hike while pregnant (or anytime).


  1. Water.  This is most important.  Depending on the length of the hike, you will want to pack accordingly.  I would average about 1 bottle of water per hour just to keep hydrated.  Of course, hydrate before and after the hike as well.
  2. Nutritious snacks: apples, nuts, trail mix, peanut butter.  The longer the hike, the more you need to pack.  The last thing you want to do is get low on energy or have your sugar drop mid-hike.
  3. Bug spray.  Some people say not to use normal bug spray when you are pregnant, so I use Skin So Soft by Avon right now, but it is essential.  My first hike I was eaten alive by mosquitos and every minute we were hiking was miserable!  Spray, spray, and over spray before going and throughout the hike!
  4. Cooling towel.  If you don't own one of these, we actually make them for the races and they work really well.  We just get them wet and freeze them over night in a zip-lock bag.  Soak it in cold water before going for the hike and keep it on your head or around your neck while you are out.  They help maintain a stable body temperature and are useful in wiping off sweat.
  5. Sunscreen.  I know when hiking you spend the majority of your time under trees and in wooded areas, but if you're going to be outside, you should always have sunscreen especially on your face.  During pregnancy, some women burn much easier than normal so this is even more important during that time.  Don't forget to reapply because of sweat.
  6. Extra socks.  If you're intending to hike for an extended distance or period of time, you may want to bring extra socks.  Once socks are wet, feet tend to blister so changing them at the peak might prevent that from happening.
Is there anything you find essential while hiking that I left out?

3 comments:

  1. Love the suggestion for extra socks. Would have never thought of that.

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  2. I wish we were closer to some good hiking areas.. Unfortunately, the closest mountain range is about 3 hours from here. Otherwise, everything is completely FLAT.

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  3. i need a cooling towel for everyday... hahaa

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