How You Should Prepare For a Walking Tour
There's nothing quite like a walking tour to get you outside and ready to explore. Whether you're on the Great Wall of China or making your way through the Grand Canyon in Arizona - it's exciting to think of everything you'll see.
Unfortunately, it's not all fun if you're not prepared.
Here are a few ways you should prepare for a walking tour to make the most out of yours!
Take Care of Your Feet
Since this is a walking tour, your feet have to be kept in mind. Trim your toenails the night before so they don’t rub in your sneakers and socks. Wear sneakers that you’ve worn before, and that are broken in. You don’t want to have to break in your shoes on a long hike where you may end up with blisters or sores.
Drink and Bring Water
Whether you're trudging through the Australian outback or walking around looking at Pittsburgh houses for sale, you need to keep hydrated. Don't go overboard, drink when you're thirsty, and your body will be able to handle the rest. The best thing for your body is water, but if you don't have food on hand and feel fatigued, the sugar in natural juices can help.
If your walking tour is outside during the day, wear sunscreen. This step will save you from sunburns or rashes and help protect your skin in the long run. Instead of worrying about a painful burn, you'll be able to concentrate on the beautiful views around you. Go for an SPF of at least 30, since that will block 93% of UV rays from getting into your skin.
Mobile Charger for Your Phone
It might sound nice to cut yourself off from technology and enjoy the views around yourself but keep a spare phone charger. You'll be able to take pictures of the beautiful scenery around you and have your phone in case of an emergency.
A walking tour can be strenuous if you're not used to being on your feet that long! Stretch your body so that you can face this walking tour with ease. The most important place to focus your stretches is on your legs and feet. Warm-up these muscles and joints, and prep them for the workout ahead.
Don’t walk with an empty stomach! An empty stomach can leave you nauseous, dizzy, and make poor decisions like not drinking water or resting. Eat some food before you go, and take a couple of snacks with you so that you can refuel your body while you're walking.
Small First Aid Kit
Although most walking tours don't require a ton of dangerous activities, you must bring a first aid kit to protect yourself. These kits can help if you trip and scrape a knee, or if someone in your group gets hurt. The hope is that you'll never have to use it, but it's good to keep one in your bag in the off chance it's needed.