Are you an adventurer? Do you live for the adrenaline rush of conquering physical challenges?Â
Hiking is one of the most COVID-friendly activities you can do right now. Youâre out in the open air, far away from the most common sources of virus transmission, and whether you decide to trek solo or in a group, itâs pretty easy to practice social distancing while hiking.
Hiking insurance is essential
When you think about hiking you probably think about the physical challenge of rough terrain, the personal satisfaction of making it to the end, the natural scenery along the way and the ultimate reward of a breathtaking view. What you probably donât think about is insurance. But many trip and travel plans do offer coverage options for adventure sports like hiking and mountaineering. In fact, VisitorsCoverage offers some of the best travel insurance for hiking. Hereâs some of the main benefits of buying insurance for hiking and mountaineering:Â Â
- Coverage for mountaineering injuries
- Medical & emergency evacuation coverage
- AD&D benefits in case of death
- Repatriation coverage in case of death
Other essential hiking gear
A breathable, dependable face mask:
Thereâs no getting around it. Since 2020, face masks have becomeÂ essential hiking gear. Look for a light-weight mask with a replaceable filter system, adjustability and cooling technology.Â
Look for attire made just for hiking. These pants and shirts will usually be comfortable, durable, come equipped with cooling technology, and may be water and wind resistant.Â
This probably goes without saying, but a successful hike often comes down to a great pair of hiking boots. So do your research, compare whatâs out there and when you find your perfect fit, donât forget the hiking socks!
Water and simple, healthy snacks
If you think youâve packed enough water, grab a couple more. Whether your hiking spot is hot and arid, or cool and temperate, youâll need to stay hydrated. Dehydration can have serious medical consequences. For hikes longer than an afternoon, consider getting a water-purifying bottle, so you can use streams and creeks for hydration if necessary. Pack snacks like fruit and granola. Thereâs a reason itâs called trail mix!
Rucksack & tentÂ
Youâll need a place to store all that food and water and other essentials. Find a lightweight backpack that can handle a lot of wear and tear and all kinds of weather.Â Â
Swiss Army knife, flashlight, & first aid kit
A Swiss Army Knife, flashlights and first aid kits have a lot in common with insurance. They donât take up much space, you may not ever need to use them, but if you get into a tough situation, they may just save your life.Â Â Â
If hiking isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other adventure sports to test your courage, skill and endurance. Of course, the rewards of an adrenaline rush, a new personal best, a challenge conquered, or breathtaking views come with risks. Fortunately, VisitorsCoverage has plenty of trip and travel insurance options that protect you every step of the way.Â