Love it or hate it, fall is just around the corner. Soon the blistering August days will transition to cooler fall weather. This is our favorite time of the year to hike. Our little family loves traveling all over the west side of Michigan searching for new trails to check out! Brady loves it whenever the trails get close to water too :)
But there are some basic safety and health tips when it comes to hiking. Here are some of our top recommendations for when you hit the trails:
1) use a non-toxic flea/tick spray on yourself and your pets. Our recipe uses 2 cups filtered water, 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar, 2 Tbsp almond oil, 6 drops of orange essential oil, 6 drops lavender essential oil, 6 drops cedarwood essential oil, and 6 drops lemon essential oil. Put all ingredients in a dark glass spray jar. Spray your pup and yourself before heading out on a long hike.
2) hike with a friend. This increases not only the fun but your safety as well!
3) bring a healthy snack, like homemade trail mix or granola bars
4) stay hydrated!
5) pick appropriate shoes- if you are hiking in damp, muddy areas think hiking boots. If you are hiking sandy, water-based areas think Chacos. If you are hiking long distances on dry, solid ground think supportive, cushioned shoes.
Wishing you a happy end-of-summer and fall hiking season. We hope you get to enjoy as much of nature these next few months as we will!