Hiking Tips for Women: What the books don’t tell you!

If you are planning a hiking trip soon and happen to be female, you might want to remember these hiking tips for women as you plan your trip. When I was in college, I joined the Outing Club and got my first taste of what hiking and camping were really all about.  I had a great group of people at my disposal that had been enjoying the  great outdoors for many years and lived to tell about it.  I was taught how to put up a tent, build a fire, and prevent bears from rummaging in my food stuffs.  I was NOT told quite a number of things that I have had to discover on my own over the last 25 years.  I decided someone needed to put together a list of hiking tips for women so that others like me could continue to enjoy backwoods hiking or camping and not come home wishing you had never stepped foot on the trail! I will include a few affiliate links for products you might find helpful.

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This is just a very short list of hiking tips for women that I never found in the hiking books.  Of course, general gear and survival information should be researched thoroughly before heading out on the trail.

Hiking Tips for Women

Hiking Tips for Women: What the Books Don't Tell You

 

1.  Plan the date of your trip carefully.  Look at the calendar and figure out when ‘that time of the month’ is going to hit.  Hiking with cramps is not fun.  Having to carry used sanitary items out of the woods in your backpack is even less fun.  Honestly, I have had to do this.  I take the ‘leave no trace’ concept very seriously.  Take only pictures and leave only footprints.  That means no leaving your used ‘stuff’ behind!

2.  Smelling good is a bad thing!  Sure, I love my lavender face wash, herbal shampoos, and fruity smelling perfume as much as the next girl, but the only thing those will do for you in the woods is to attract bugs!  Go with unscented products on the trail and leave the perfume at home.

3.  Leave the lace at home.  While I am a huge fan of Victoria’s Secret lace panties and push-up bras, they aren’t the most comfortable attire when you start to work up a sweat.  And really, the bears don’t care if your breasts are perky and covered in black lace.  Ditch the sexy undergarments and grab a comfortable sports bra.  If you are doing serious amounts of backwoods hiking you might want to consider investing in underwear made from a wicking material like in these hiking bras or even wool underwear.  You may think that sounds uncomfortable but it wicks away moisture and is NOT itchy like your wool sweater!

4.  Cut your nails before you go!  You are not going to be tromping around in the woods in strappy sandals so there is no reason to invest in a mani/pedi. Just grab a pair of clippers and trim them.  You do not want to hike up and down hills with your toenails too long.  This gets very uncomfortable very quickly.  And long fingernails get ripped off on rocks and logs very easily and can be extremely uncomfortable. Trimming your nails before you head out is one of those hiking tips for women that no one ever told me!

5.  The trail is not a fashion show.  Do not waste your time trying to get your hair to look decent.  Bring an elastic band (or many!), a scrunchie, a bandana or some other means of keeping your hair out of your face.  Bandanas are also useful for keeping ticks off your head.  Finding ticks in a head of dark colored hair is next to impossible until they have been there so long the have established residency.

 

Use common sense when heading out into the woods…bring a buddy, know where you are going, and make sure you have all the right gear.  And, most important…keep your sense of humor!  Yes, you will have to pee in the woods and no there is not always a convenient spot to do it.  Just make sure you remember the rule “Leaves of three, let it be” or you will be itching in very uncomfortable places for quite a long time!

For more hiking tips for women, check out The Hiking Lady.  And remember…for all you moms out there:  your kids will not learn to appreciate nature if they don’t see YOU appreciating it!

 

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Hiking Tips for Women: What the Books Don't Tell You

Check out my post about hiking with teens if you want to take your teenagers hiking with you!

Hiking with teens

 

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Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician with two teens, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She has a BS in Microbiology but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging full time. She currently deals with emotional teens, suburban politics, and middle aged metabolism while sharing her opinions in an honest and down to earth fashion on her blog.

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Comments

  1. just leave the Gucci purse at home :)
  2. Love it! I love hiking and camping and I'm not that much of a girly girl so I never have a problem. However, you tips just reminded me of the last episode of The real Housewives of Orange County that I just watched. I'm sure they broke every tip you listed...LOL
  3. I love to go hiking and manage to attract ticks no matter how I smell . :)
  4. Great pints! For a serious hike, it's got to be about your comfort from the beginning to the end of the hike. The wrong clothes or footwear will really deter you from taking another hike.
  5. Chris Haggis says:
    A good investment is one of those small personal items that lets you pee like while standing. Practise using it at home first.
  6. I think some chafing relief products could also be on this list

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