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We all look forward with much anticipation to our next vacation, our next break, but often we have no idea yet of what to do or where to go. If you have not made your mind up yet about what you would like to do for your next trip, why not think about going hiking and camping. Each on their own are great activities, but combined, they make the perfect combination, regardless whether you want to go it on your own, with family or friends, or with your romantic partner.
Of all the various reasons why camping and hiking go so well together, the main one is that you can go camping where the trail is and you more often than not can go hiking where you pitch your tent. Hiking trails in the United States, for example, are commonly found in areas referred to as hiking parks, which often have their own onsite campgrounds.
Both hiking and camping are suitable for individuals of all ages, so if you are looking to do something with your family, this is the perfect combination. Hiking trails vary in difficulty levels, with trails for beginners, which would be ideal for children and the not so young, all the way up to trails for the seasoned and adrenaline seeking hiker. This is the case all around the world, but note, hiking trails are not marked, or even recognised, for their difficulty level everywhere. It is therefore very important, even potentially lifesaving that you check out thoroughly (online, on a map, from a guide) any trail you want to hike before you actually decide where to go. But do yourself and any of your hiking partners a favour: do not overestimate your and their abilities.
Although the initial outlay for getting kitted out properly for the type of hiking and camping you want to do can be high, once you have the right gear for your hiking and camping exploits, they are very affordable activities to be enjoyed over and over again.
Hiking and camping are popular activities everywhere and if you decide this is the perfect combination for you, your family and friends, you may want to make arrangements in advance. Depending on the time of the year you intend to take your trip, you may have to make reservations to pitch your tent on established camping grounds or in hiking parks. If you decide to go abroad for your hiking and camping trip, make sure you make yourself familiar with different standards and regulations.
Keep the combination perfect and prepare properly.