Gear up for Hiking
For hiking beginners, it is very important to have every equipment for their first hike to be able to survive and enjoy it. Here are the essentials:
Deeper, thicker lugs on the outsole of the shoes could improve grip and enable the wearer to move forward more easily. You should also consider shoes with outsoles made of anti-slippery and shock-absorbing materials. Try out the cushion by jumping up and down for a few times before you buy a new pair of trainers.
You can consider wearing quick-dry T-shirt, breathable jogger pants and a waterproof windbreaker. Do not wear jeans because the tough fabric could cause skin abrasions and add weight after sweat absorption.
A hiking staff allows your arms to help propel you forward and upward and reduce the impact on your legs and joints. The additional contact point could increase your traction and give you a better balance. When you walk uphill, lean yourself slightly forward and walk with a shorter staff, but when going down, maintain your body's center of gravity slightly backward with the help of a longer staff.
Backpack and Waist Pack
Shoulder straps should be adjusted so that the pack is mostly attached to the back. When the bottom of the bag is lower than your waist, or passes the belt, you might tend to lean forward and strain your back muscles. A sternum strap could provide protection as it fixes the shoulder straps in place and prevents the bag from going sideways while you are walking.