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Hiking Tips for Beginners - Etiquette and Safety Overview

Updated: Jun 4


Life Jacket Loaner Station at West Palisades Trail

If you’re new to hiking and looking to hit the trails with Hike with Banji, you’re in the right place. Here are some essential tips on hiking etiquette and safety to make your first few hikes not just safe, but also super fun. Let’s dive in!


8 Ways to Practice Proper Etiquette and Safety while Hiking


1. Dress for Success

First things first, let's talk gear. You don’t need to look like a mountaineer, but a good pair of hiking boots can make a world of difference. Trust me, your feet will thank you. Wear comfy clothes that you can move in and check the weather so you’re prepared for whatever nature throws your way.


2. Stay on the Trail

It might be tempting to wander off the beaten path, but sticking to the trail is key. Not only does it keep you safe, but it also protects the environment. Plus, it’s way easier to spot cool wildlife and plants when you’re on the marked path.


3. Leave No Trace

We love our beautiful trails, and we want to keep them that way. Bring out everything you bring in—yes, that means all your snack wrappers and water bottles. A good rule of thumb is to leave the trail even better than you found it.


4. Respect Fellow Hikers

Hiking is all about community, so let’s be kind to each other out there. Yield to uphill hikers, keep your music to yourself (headphones are your friend), and greet fellow hikers with a friendly nod or a “hello.” It’s all about those good vibes.


5. Hydrate and Snack Smart

Bring plenty of water and some snacks to keep your energy up. Think trail mix, granola bars, or fresh fruit. Staying hydrated and fueled is crucial, especially on longer hikes. No one wants to be that hiker who runs out of water halfway up the trail. (As a note: We provide snacks and water on all Banji Adventures!)


6. Know Your Limits

It’s great to challenge yourself, but knowing your limits is important. Choose a trail that matches your fitness level and experience. It’s totally okay to start small and work your way up to more challenging hikes. Remember, it’s about the journey, not just the destination.


7. Safety First

Always let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to be back. A charged phone and a small first aid kit can be lifesavers. And if you’re hiking with Hike with Banji, our guides are Wilderness First Responder certified, so you’re in good hands.


8. Enjoy the Moment

Last but not least, take time to enjoy the hike. Look around, breathe in the fresh air, and soak in the beauty of nature. Hiking isn’t just about getting from point A to point B; it’s about the moments in between.



So, there you have it—some solid tips to get you started on your hiking journey. With these tips, you’ll be all set to make the most of your hiking adventure. Remember, it’s all about having fun and connecting with nature and each other. We can’t wait to see you on the trails with Hike with Banji. Happy hiking, friends!

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