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Grab Your Day Pack For an Awesome Day Off
Grab a hiking day pack for a stress free getaway. We all know what it’s like to be stuck at work all week, and when you’re itching to be outdoors there’s nothing like challenging yourself to make you feel less stressed both physically and mentally.
Instead, motivate yourself to do something different instead of the same old thing. Why not pack a hiking bag and get out for the day!
Hiking relieves stress by relaxing your senses. Who doesn’t feel better away from fluorescent lights and spreadsheets? Things like a brilliant blue sky, sunshine with perfect breezes and the scent of pine will increase endorphins, which are your “feel good” hormones. Add a little cardio aerobic exercise, and it’s all good.
You can benefit from a solo hike for meditation on-the-go. If you have a competitive spirit, why not have a couple of friends join you for the day and see who beats the challenge of being first to the top of a big hill? This can be a really fun way to incorporate exercise with a good time. Meeting for lunch at the top is far better than gathering at the office cafeteria.
A hiking day pack is simply a small hiking backpack that you pack your necessities into and carry it on your back with shoulder straps. Because you are only going for a short trip, you would use a lightweight backpack with a smaller capacity.
Most importantly, be sure to pack two or three 16 oz. bottles of water to stay hydrated. You could make sandwiches that do not require refrigeration, or insert a separate insulated bag within your hiking pack to prevent spoilage. Stay nourished throughout your trip. You should include some fruit and nuts or energy bars for a late afternoon snack.
Other things to include would be bandaids, alcohol cleansing pads, sunscreen and bug spray, an extra T-shirt and pair of socks. It would be great to totally stay off-the-grid, but it’s probably wise to take along your cell phone to use in an emergency, to snap photos of things you see on your journey, or use as a gps guide.
There is so much to take in among the great outdoors. It’s amazing what you can enjoy within the beauty of nature. Observe cloud patterns, massive old trees, wild animals and birds, even rock formations. Let the inner kid in you surface as you find awe in simple things that you discover along the way that you won’t encounter on city streets or suburbs. No two hikes are ever the same. There’s plenty to stumble upon in every trek you take.
Once you’ve spent the day hiking outdoors, the couch and video games won’t seem as appealing. When you combine the health benefits of fresh air and being active, a hike will turn into a very enjoyable day off from your work week. Make it social by inviting friends. It’s the best therapy available for combating the drudgery of routine in your life, so get up and out. If you hike it, you'll like it!