Are you looking for a fun, new date idea? Why not go on a hiking date! This activity is the perfect way to get out and explore nature while spending time with your special someone. Plus, it’s affordable and easy to do. All you need are some sturdy shoes and snacks to take with you. So, grab your partner and head out for an adventure!
Why is a Hiking Date a Good Idea?
Low Pressure A hiking date is a low-pressure date because it is a fun and active date that does not require any expensive planning or reservations. You can simply go for a hike in your local park or nature reserve and talk as you walk. This is also a great date option if you are looking for something to do outdoors.
Promotes Good Conversation Hiking is the perfect way to get to know someone. It’s a great way to have some good conversation without being in a loud or distracting environment. You can learn about someone’s interests and what they’re passionate about while hiking, and it’s a great way to connect with someone on a deeper level.
Adventure! There is something about a hiking date that just feels so adventurous, and it’s definitely something different than just going out for coffee or dinner. It could be the sense of excitement you get when you’re planning it, or the feeling you get when you’re actually out on the trail. But whatever it is, there’s just something about a hiking date that feels like an adventure. Maybe it’s the chance to explore new terrain, or the opportunity to see some amazing views. Or maybe it’s the chance to spend time with your date in a more active way. No matter what it is, hiking dates always feel like a fun and adventurous way to spend time together.
Reduces Distractions So You Can Focus on Each Other Hiking dates are the perfect way to focus on each other without distractions. When you’re out in nature, there’s nothing else to focus on but the two of you. It’s a great opportunity to talk and get to know each other better. A hike is the perfect way to spend quality time with someone special.
Tips for an Incredible Hiking Date
Eat First You don’t want to hike on an empty stomach. Try grabbing a quick breakfast at a nearby cafe or at least eat before you meet for your date.
Choose a Wide Trail A lot of hiking trails are narrow, meaning you need to hike single file. If you want to hike next to your date, and I’m sure you do, try to find an area with wider trails. Check nature centers, natural recreation areas, or county parks, they’re likely to have wider trails than other areas.
Wear Bug Spray Nothing kills the romance and makes you miserable faster than mosquitos and other biting insects. Throw on some bug repellent and toss the bottle in your bag for good measure.
Pack Snacks Hiking makes you hungry and you don’t want to cut your date short because one of you needs a snack.
Hydrate Nobody wants a headache or muscle cramps. Make sure you and your date both bring enough water to last through your hike. The hotter the weather, the more water you need to bring.
Plan Ahead for Pitfalls
Make Sure Your Date Will Enjoy a Hiking Date If you’re looking to take a hike on a date, it’s important to make sure your date enjoys hiking. Hiking can be a great way to spend time together and enjoy the outdoors, but if your date isn’t interested in hiking, it can be a pretty unenjoyable experience for them. Make sure you find out if your date enjoys hiking before planning a hike together – that way, you’ll both have a good time!
You Date Ends Up Giving of Bad/Creepy Vibes
What should you do if your date takes an uncomfortable turn? There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Every person and every situation is different. However, if you find yourself in a situation where your date is making you feel uncomfortable, there are some things you can do to try to diffuse the situation. You can excuse yourself to leave for an emergency or take a phone call. You can also try changing the subject or focusing on positive aspects of the evening. If all else fails, you can always end the date early and make up an excuse as to why you have to leave. Remember, your safety and well-being should always be your top priority.
If it’s only a first or second date and you don’t know each other well, make it a double date with friends.
Always tell someone where you’re going beforehand. If you change plans in the middle of the date, update your safety contact and tell them the new plan.
If you’re an outdoorsy person already, and have a PLB (personal locator beacon), take that with you.
Take the next exit or turn around. Don’t continue farther if you feel uncomfortable. Listen to your gut.
What to Bring on a Hiking Date
10 Essentials These are basic hiking safety items that are meant to keep you safe and comfortable in emergencies. You can find a list and explanation of the 10 essentials here.
First Aid Kit – Part of the 10 essentials but it’s worth mentioning twice. Thorns, cuts, and insect stings can happen easily.
Jacket You don’t want to get cold
Bug Spray Self-explanatory.
Sunglasses and Sunscreen Protect your eyes and skin! And avoid squinting for your entire date.
Light Blanket for Eating on If you’re going to picnic on your date, bring a light blanket to cover the ground or picnic table to eat on.
What to Wear on a Hiking Date
If you and your date are nature lovers, there’s no better way to spend a day than hiking in the woods. Dress comfortably for the weather and for hiking; you’ll be moving around a lot. Wear sturdy shoes, pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and a light jacket. You may also want to bring a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, and water.
How to Stay Safe on a Hiking Date
Make it a Double Date Going on a hike with someone can be a fun and adventurous experience, but it is always important to be safe. If you are planning to go on a hike with someone, consider turning your date into a double date with some friends. This will help ensure that everyone stays safe while enjoying the great outdoors.
Follow Basic Hiking Safety If you are planning to go hiking on a date, there are some safety precautions you should take. Make sure to tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to be back. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring plenty of water and snacks. If you are going to be hiking in a remote area, make sure to bring a map and compass. Most importantly, be aware of your surroundings and stay alert. If something doesn’t seem right, trust your instincts and get out of there.
Kow the Area/ Trail The trail you choose for your hiking date should be familiar to you. You should know the route and all of the hazards that come with it. This is especially important if you are unfamiliar with the area. A wrong turn could lead to getting lost, or worse. If you are comfortable with the trail, you’ll be able to focus on enjoying your time with your date, rather than worrying about what could go wrong.
How Far Should You Hike on a Hike
There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on the preferences of the hikers involved. However, a good rule of thumb is to hike no more than five miles on a hiking date, as this will allow for plenty of time to talk and get to know each other while also providing a scenic hike. If you and your date are avid hikers who are looking for a more strenuous hike, you can always opt to hike further than five miles. Just be sure to keep an eye on the time and make sure you have enough daylight left to get back safely.
Loop hiking trails offer a continuous hike without having to backtrack the same route. This is especially beneficial for those who don’t want to see the same scenery twice. Conversely, out and back hiking trails require hikers to turn around and retrace their steps after completing the hike, which can be boring. The type of trail that will be best for your date depends on your preferences
Here’s a general idea of how long you can expect a hike to take.
1mile – About 20-30 minutes
2 miles – 1 hour
3 miles- 1.5 hour
6 miles- 3 hours
8 miles- 4 hours
10 miles- 5 hours
Final Thoughts on Planning the Perfect Hiking Date
A hiking date is a great way to spend time together outdoors and enjoy each other’s company. With a little planning, you can make sure your hike is enjoyable and safe for both of you. By following these tips, you’ll be sure to have an incredible hike – no matter what may get thrown your way.