Top 5 Tips for Solo Hiking

Five tips to solo hiking. If you’re wanting to get out on some solo adventures but you’re nervous or anxious or apprehensive and need some guidance, I hope these tips will give you the confidence you need to head out fully prepared and enjoy it!

My Kit List:

Osprey Daylite 13L:
Lowe Alpine 24L:
Osprey 2.5L water bladder:
Anker Power Bank (small):
Anker Power Bank (large):
Multi-charging lead:
Berghaus Waterproof (in blue)
North Face gloves:
Patagonia beanie:
Fold out seat mat:
Mini first aid kit:
Blister Plasters:
Phone Tripod:
Wireless camera shutter:

Links and References:
Navigation Apps:
View Ranger
All Trails
OS Maps

Navigation Courses:

Mountain Guides:

Any other questions, please leave them in the comments or head over to my Instagram @graces__adventures. See you there 🙂

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  • Hi Grace. Just discovered your channel and wow, Im so inspired by your adventures, Ive done a few solo trips and camps with easy, local walks but now want to do more and see more. You have given me a few ideas here and Ive signed up to do a group walk with Bee Adventures and Im going to see what else I can do before then. 👍😉xx

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    Great videos Grace. Do you drive far to go walking in general or mainly local? I stay local but am thinking to go further a field. What’s max you travel for day hike?

  • Camping outside brings a risk of conjunctivitis. Good hand hygiene is obviously important but include some antibiotic eye drops, learn how to self-administer eye ointment and carry a pair of glasses.

    Indeed, if you’re solo hiking, leave the contact lenses in the car! Nobody’s going to care about your specs.

  • The four priorities of survival are:

    1. Protection and shelter

    2. Rescue

    3. Water

    4. Food

    Not a bad list for preparation, after training in navigation and first aid.

  • Buy an OS map of your local area and go out on some local known trails, following your map. You can use the key on the map to learn everything you need to know. Once you've started to learn what things mean, the whole country opens up to you!

  • After 27 years of mountain hiking, I'd say the advice of using a phone to navigate isn't good. You need to know how to use a map and a compass, if something happens to your phone you'd put yourself at risk along with anyone who might be sent to find you. Also a phone won't give you the same understanding of the type of terrain that's around and ahead of you.

  • 5:29 buy a second hand phone as a backup with a sim and only switch on for emergency an also a power bank of course.

  • like your videos in the beautiful British countryside

  • I'm a beginner and this is perfect! Thank you

  • New to solo hiking. Subject… ladies and toileting lol. Makes me nervous this bit lol

  • hi Grace use an app What three words , its an app for locating where you are , its very good .

  • Great tips. Thanks for sharing.

  • Great video, thank you! If I may, I would like to add a tip 5b: Don't feel bad to turn around. If for what ever reason a hike isn't going the way you planned (be it the weather turned on you or you're having a bad day or you over-estimated your own abilities), there is NO SHAME in breaking it off and going home. It happens to the best of us. Don't worry, that summit will still be there the next time you try for it. I tend to take a picture at my turn-around-point and take in the view from where I am and then go home to hike another day…

  • Thank you Grace – great video – again!

  • What Three Words app is great for location finding and is now being recommended by MRT. Also if you use you phone for navigation. Download the map beforehand. I use the OS Maps app, Then put your phone into airplane mode so it isn't constantly trying to find a signal and killing the battery.

  • I recommend registering your phone for the 999 text service (Text 'register' to 999). In an emergency you may not have enough signal to call 999 however texts require far less signal and so you can clearly text all your details to this number and someone will communicate with you from the emergency services.

  • The WhatsApp pin/location is fab! Didn’t know that was a thing. Very useful indeed.

  • Loving your videos, finding them really informative and helpful. Where did you buy the foam sitting mat please? 👍

  • Love the video, great content. Must get out to Wales soon need to identify a newb’s best route/location!

    Keep ‘em coming 🙂

  • Good video & tips.
    Good tips & video
    Equipment essential on day hikes of any type (the goal is warmth & rescue, based on PLAN-M & historical rescue cases), which so many folk omit – emergency shelter, headtorch, basic fire starting, multitool, cordage / tape & repair kit, toilet, signalling, decent first aid kit (including for bleeding, pain relief, tics, & sprains). Walking poles have many uses too (aside the obvious). Always plan for an unexpected night out – don't get caught out.

  • Don’t forget a First Aid kit not for you but for people you find. I’m a First Aider at Work and last year did a Level 3 Outside First Aid course. I have been out running in the trails and found a lady who had fallen down a slope and badly smashed her ankle. I helped carry her down the slope so we could get her into a car and off to hospital as an ambulance would be 2 hours

  • What Three Words is a free app that gives your position to a 3m*3m and emergency services will find you

  • Hi, New subscriber and I've got to say, you nailed it with the 'choose your own pace, decide when you want to stop' etc. I work on the post and people think I'm nuts for wanting to hike on my time off, but it''s just exactly that. No one hassling you to get moving, no one telling you how fast to go, no one moaning at you that their mail got wet….Eh, sorry, pet peeve there..

    I used to hike a lot when I was younger and got back into it in the last three or four years. It's such a stress reliever for me to be in charge of myself, not being treated like a small child at work by managers telling you 'It's hot/cold/wet/windy outside, be careful not to trip over your own feet' etc. Sure, being safe is important and no one wants to get hurt. There is an important point that, in the end, you are responsible for you!

    I have been diagnosed with PTSD from service in the forces and multiple dog attacks. Since getting back to hiking, wild camping and just 'hiding' in the woods, I don't get bothered by it, so there are loads of benefits. Also my wife doesn't get disturbed by my ghastly nightmares, because I don't have them anymore!

    If I may add Tip Number 6, that would be 'Get out there and do it no matter how much the life wrecking inner voice tells you not to'!

    Keep on trucking and happy trails !

  • Just a tip to save on weight, rather than taking hand warmers with you,use your own body heat. I know this may sounds funny but your groin/crotch is the hottest part if you ever need to warm up 🙂 been told this by a friend who is much more experienced(climbing mountains 5000m above sea lv).

  • proper hiking boots with good tread on them is always needed

  • Perfect video I was looking for.
    What camera you use?

  • Another great film , may i suggest to go in your emergency kit is a spare mobile phone & battery , on a different network to your normal phone , cheap ones are better an old Nokia is perfect as I have been in several situations as a member of a group when all are hi tec phones could not get a signal and some old boy in the party used his 19.99 phone to get help ! also make sure you can eat your food cold if your stove packs in – this is why I wont use dehydrated rations they are gopping if you cant boil water .

  • I do a lot of solo mountain biking and safety is always an issue,always grateful for good tips , the what’s app and whistle tips are great. Definitely taking them 👌.. love the videos

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