Proper Planning For A Hiking Outing

We all know that hiking is a ton of fun, but when you decided to get deep into it, to plan a trip around hiking, then you will need more than just your military flashlight to guarantee that you have a great time. We have curated a list of hiking related products that are utilitarian in nature that everyone who goes hiking should have. These are products that any hiker would find the immediate use for.
Proper Hiking Boots

It all starts with your feet, and there’s even an old saying about how a trip of a thousand miles begins with one foot. In our case, when it comes to hiking, it isn’t just about taking that first step out the door but about what you put on your feet. The right pair of hiking boots will make all the difference. There is nothing worse than bad shoes on a hiking trip because every little step you take will send pain through your feet and likely your soul too. So, invest (yes invest)in quality hiking boots. We know that invest is a word that is overused, but here it applies perfectly.

Quality Socks

Did we not say that it all starts with your feet? It doesn’t begin or end with the right hiking boots. It begins with the socks that you choose. Sure, many think, ‘a sock by any other name is just a sock, ‘ but they are wrong. The wrong socks in the right hiking boots spell disaster. Harry Potter potions class level of disaster. The wrong socks will rub against your feet and your boots causing friction, friction creates heat, it creates overuse and it equal raw skin and sore feet. Do yourself a favor and buy some quality socks that are made for hiking, running and using your feet for more than just sprinting to the couch or fridge.

Let There Be Light (Fire)

Fire, where would the man be without it? In a college biology magazine, the type that comes with a new college textbook claimed that the ability to create fire and cook food is responsible for the large and powerful human brain that requires more nutrients than any other animal. As a hiker, camper, outdoorsman or woman, you need fire. You need it to cook; you need it to stay warm, you need fire to impress other cave girls and guys and to light your cave to show off your cool abstract cave art (hipster since 56 BC.) Even if you are doing more glamping (glamor luxury camping) than roughing it, you still might get lost, and the woods are deep and dark. Fire shall be your guiding light, your way back home, your warm security blanket or even your cooking source. There are all sorts of lightweight survival fire starting tools that are easy to use in any weather condition; they don’t cost much, but they are invaluable in the great outdoors.  Also for the best flashllight visit this website and also read their review of the Hybeam flashlight http://bestmilitaryflashlights.com/the-hybeam-flashlight-review/ to find the best available flashlights for hiking.

Food
Beyond just being a little hangry (hungry and angry) and in need of a Snickers bar to be more like your calm, cool and collective self. Carrying survival food is very important when hiking. We are going to group water as food too because without it we dry up, get dehydrated and die within a few days. Obviously, we were born to a beverage. These are no shortage of easy to store, light to carry survival food that will easily fit in your bag. Buy some, take some, mitigate your risks and prevent having a ‘hangry’ episode because no one is sharing their Snickers in the woods.
Water Decontamination Unit
If things go bad like getting lost and not having any bottled water on you, a water decontamination unit might just save your life. This is one of those it all with to waste type of survival tools but every year hikers get lost, they get hungry, they get thirsty, and some even die. Allow yourself to die another day by bringing one of these units; sometimes they are as small as the cup, that will allow you to sterilize water and hydrate yourself.

Cheap Backup Cellphone or Walkie
Always hike with a partner, have more than one communication device and even consider a walkie or some other noncellular tower communications device because cellphone don’t always pickup a connection in the woods. Survival is all about mitigating against the ‘oh —— moments’ and creating contingencies.
Walk swift my friend.

Discover How To Manage And Fix Foot Pain

 

Foot pain is a common experience for many conditions of the feet. Here we will discuss how you can manage or fix that pain. Let’s look at both medicinal and non-medicinal methods that might help.

Both cold and heat can aid in the reduction of pain. Using an ice pack or soaking in a heated foot soak can often reduce pain and reduce the need for medications. Another option for the same result is to purchase gel packs from your pharmacy.

These gel packs can be for heat or cold. The cold ones will be frozen by placing them in the freezer. The hot ones are heated in a microwave before use.

If you or a partner can massage your feet, this can relieve pain and stress. If however, you are experiencing inflammation or you have an injury, then massage is not something you should do.

Massaging your feet can improve circulation, relax muscle tension, and stimulate your muscles. As well as being relaxing, it can be physically therapeutic. If you have a partner to help with the massage, then sit in a chair you find comfortable. Arrange a foot rest you can use for your leg and have your foot extend past it.

Have your partner use rubbing oil or lotion and begin to gently rub it into your foot. For a deep rub, your partner should knead your foot similar to how you would when making bread. An alternative would be to use the thumbs to press and massage the foot.

If you are doing it yourself, you can purchase devices for the foot massage at the pharmacy. A common device that many like is a foot roller. You can use this device at home or the office so if you need a quick massage at work; this might be a good choice for you.

Meditation
For many types of pain including foot pain, meditation has proven helpful for some in managing and reducing the pain. There is no obligation to sit on the floor and cross your legs. Instead, sit in a comfortable chair, close your eyes and begin by taking big breaths.

Breathe in a while counting to three, then breath out slowly counting to five. After several breaths, you should begin to feel relatively calm and at peace. Continue focusing on your breath, but now instead of counting, imagine that with each breath in, joy is entering your body. With each breath out, pain is leaving with it. Do this for five or ten minutes, and you are likely to find that the pain has either greatly reduced or completely gone away.

Pain Relievers
It is important to note that over-the-counter pain relievers should only be used sparingly. If you are undergoing from a chronic condition, you should consult a physician to help plan a healthy regimen for pain relieve.

If you take aspirin, acetaminophen, or other such medications on a daily basis, it is likely to do permanent damage to your stomach or other areas that cannot be reversed. So make sure to talk to your doctor if you need pain relief medication. It should also be noted that the combination of alcohol and acetaminophen has been shown to cause liver damage in some patients.

Topical Medication For Pain Relief
There are creams, lotions, and gels that can help reduce pain and because they are applied directly at the point of pain, they often provide fast relief. Some of these are made of medicinal levels of natural ingredients such as eucalyptus oil, menthol, and even turpentine.

These ingredients trick the nerves by sending a different sensation to them and distracting them from the feeling of pain. Another group of medicinal lotion uses the main ingredient in aspirin to reduce pain.

NSAIDS
This type of medication comes in both non-prescription and prescription medication. Ibuprofen and Bufferin are examples of non-prescription NSAIDS. These are only meant for short-term relief of mild pain.

If you think you will need longer or stronger management of your foot pain, then it will be necessary to consult with a doctor and have him prescribe you stronger prescription NSAIDS.

Nerve Pain Treatment
If you have experienced nerve damage and this is the cause of your pain, then it might be necessary to treat it using a different medication strategy. Also, if you have fungus issues read this pro tip at that link.  While it might sound scary, pain from nerve damage is often treated using a prescription based anti-depressant.

This type of medication works in the brain rather than at the area of pain. It works by helping the brain to reduce the pain signals it sends to the body. Others work by reducing the signals immitted by the brain to the nerves and thereby reducing pain.

Another way in which nerve pain is managed is with blockers that block the signals from the nerves to the brain, so you don’t feel the pain. An injection is giving that numbs the area to prevent the nerves from immitting pain signals.

Chronic pain can cause emotional distress over time. It is important that you consult a professional health care professional to work out a healthy plan for managing the pain.

Fortunately, foot pain is most often temporary and due to some physical trauma. If this is the case for you, then there are some treatments that can work well for controlling the pain until you can heal.

But if your pain is something more permanent, then it is imperative that you seek help and develop a robust plan to manage it.

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