How to have a happy, hassle-free hike

Zara Horner

Hiking is easy and fun. To make sure you get the most out of it, follow these tips:

Don't hike alone.

Choose a route you can handle. Start easy and build up.

Plan your route. Tell someone where you're going and when you'll be back.

Check the weather forecast. Never hike in rain storms.

Note trail markers along the way in case of an emergency.

Take plenty of food and water, a change of clothes, first aid gear, a camera, a phone, comfortable and appropriate shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, rain gear, rubbish bags and an Octopus card.

Rest the night before and refrain from drinking alcohol.

Take regular breaks and pace yourself.