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

Last Updated on February 16, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster

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. Going hiking is great exercise and a lot of fun.  Don’t let lack of experience make it a not so enjoyable time!

Posts feature partner companies & may be sponsored. Post contains affiliate links & I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on links.

Hiking tips for women and hiking tips you won't learn from books!

Why Hiking is the Best Exercise

When I was in college, I joined the Outing Club.It was my first taste of what hiking and camping were really all about.  The club was a great group of people who had been enjoying the  great outdoors for many years and lived to tell about it.  I was taught how to put up a tent and build a fire. In addition, they showed me how to prevent bears from rummaging in my food stuffs.  However, I was NOT told quite a number of things that I have had to discover on my own over the last 25 years. 

I am going to include a few links to hiking gear you may want to invest in before you head out on the trail.  Be prepared in mind, body, and spirit. Then head out into the woods with your hiking partner and enjoy the great outdoors!

Hiking Gear for Women 

  •  Adjustable Anti Shock Hiking/Walking/Trekking Poles : Trekking poles can be an invaluable asset when hiking out in the wilderness.
  • LifeStraw Personal Water Filter: The microfiltration membrane removes 99.999999% of waterborne bacteria (including E. coli and salmonella), and 99.999% of waterborne parasites (including giardia and cryptosporidium).
  • GoGirl Female Urination Device: Discreet, reusable, funnel-shaped urination device that provides a revolutionary bathroom option for women to go anywhere
  • Multi Performance Hiking Socks : Walk all day long and NO NEED TO worry about moisture

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

Best Hiking Tips for Women

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!

This is just a very short list of beginner hiking tips that I never found in hiking books.  Of course, general gear and survival information should be researched thoroughly before heading out on the trail. So, keep reading, pack some homemade trail mix and start planning your next camping trip

woman planning with a calendar

Plan the date of your hiking trip carefully. 

Look at the calendar. Figure out when ‘that time of the month’ is going to hit.  Don’t hike the if possible. 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!

perfume bottle and flowers

Smelling good is a bad thing

I love my lavender face wash, herbal shampoos, and fruity smelling perfume as much as the next girl. However, 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.

Leave the lace at home

I am a huge fan of Victoria’s Secret lace panties and push-up bras. Unfortunately, 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, invest 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!

Cut your nails before putting on hiking boots! 

You are not going to be tromping around in the woods in strappy sandals so don’t invest in a mani/pedi. Just grab a pair of clippers and trim them.  Don’t hike up and down hills with your toenails too long.  This gets very uncomfortable very quickly. 

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!

small bridge along hiking trail

The hiking 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!


Are you an outdoor enthusiast? 

Have any other hiking tips for women that you would like to share?

Like this post?  Pin it for later!

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


Diane Signature


  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

Speak Your Mind


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.