Preparing for Hiking

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If you have read our previous post about hiking in Africa, then you are probably very excited at the prospect of your adventure that you are about to experience. The sights, sounds, and smells will take you into a world that you in which you have probably never been before. We are equally as excited as you are about hiking in Africa because we have done it!

While it sure is great to dream about the upcoming African adventure, there are definitely things that you will need to do at home in order to prepare yourself for the hiking. In many cases, the conditions will be something that you may not be familiar with, resulting in a potentially dangerous situation if you are not ready. So, we have created this post to advise you on some of the things that you can do in order to make sure you are prepared to take on anything during a hike in Africa. Keep reading for our tips!

The Preparation

Temperature

One of the things that you need to be aware of is that the temperatures can get very hot in Africa. Much of the continent lies very close to the Equator. As a result, temperatures often exceed ninety degrees Fahrenheit during the day in any season. You can prepare for this in a number of ways. For example, if you live in a hot area, you can just spend more time outside. However, if you live in a cool or temperate area, you might need some assistance. One thing you can try is hot yoga. This will simulate stressful conditions for the body. You can also just try turning up the heat in your own home. If you don’t have some sort of unit to help you with this, you may need some AC installation. You can find this by looking in your search engine for a company that offers these kinds of services. You might get results like these:

www.virginiabeachhvacs.com/air-conditioning-virginia-beach/

www.virginiabeachhvacs.com/furnace-service-virginia-beach/

Either of these links should be able to help you out.

In addition, the climate can change drastically as well. Many of the countries in Africa have a dry season and a rainy season. During the dry season, there is not much water in the air because of a lack of rain. In order to combat this, you will need to bring some sort of hydration pack with you so you can stay hydrated. During the rainy season, there can be a lot of mud and bugs. It can also be almost unbearably humid. Prepare for this with light clothes and a lot of bug repellent.

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