Even if you’re planning on hiking in a group, it would be wise to let someone know about the area you will be walking in or the trail you’re planning to hike on.
When slipping into hiking shoes for the first time, chances are they’re going to feel a bit uncomfortable. This is especially the case with hiking boots, since it’s going to take a while for you to break in them due to their stiff nature. Therefore, make sure you’ve casually walked around in them a little bit to get them nice and soft before you take to the mountains.
Sensible use of your cellphone during hiking is essential so as to avoid disturbing those around you, relish the sounds of nature as well as save up your battery, which can come in very handy in the event of an emergency.
Wild fauna generally avoid contact with humans. Still, coming across a dangerous reptile or insect is not an entirely unlikely scenario. There are 11 different types of snakes on Chios. Ten of them are harmless, yet the Ottoman viper is venomous. That practically means that the hiker leading the pack should be keeping their eyes peeled, whereas all participants should be very cautious about where they choose to sit when taking a rest or when leaning against a rock. Also posing a threat are scorpions coming out of hiding during night looking for food.
Medical fitness is everyone’s personal responsibility. If you’re feeling under the weather on a given day, stay at home to avoid posing trouble to yourself or your friends. Calling it a day and getting cracking once you feel better again is the prudent thing to do.