When starting out on the trails, it’s important you have the right gear to ensure a safe and enjoyable run. Unlike the road, most trails are farther away from resources that may be needed to keep you going such as water and food. Staying fueled and hydrated is a top priority when taking on new terrain. Always carry an extra supply of water and snacks to be prepared for the length of your run.
It is also essential to bring first-aid supplies. If you are planning on an adventure that may take you a few hours, farther away from civilization, it’s important to pack bandages, antibacterial ointment, and other foot-related supplies in case of a fall or other accident.
The last essential for beginner trail runners is to always bring some type of navigation device. Taking a new route can get confusing and makes getting lost easier than expected. Some trails do not have great service to support the GPS systems on cell phones, so it’s always smart to bring a backup. Consider bringing a map, compass, or alternate GPS device for your trail adventure.