It doesn’t matter if you are going for a few days or a few months on the Israel National Trail. Careful preparation can transform the trip to a pleasant and easy experience. Each time you hike on the trail you gain more experience which can be used to make your next trip more efficient. Of course, you are invited to join us for the hike. You can find all the details and information on the registration page. If you decide to go on the trail by yourself, we have prepared some tips that will help you better prepare and organize your trip.
Purchase a book or map – The Israel National Trail is marked with blue and orange colored trail markers however deterioration over time may have caused some of the markers to fade and in other cases to allow foliage to grow over them and hide them from view. More than a few hikers have missed the markers, strayed off the trail and wasted valuable time going in the wrong direction. For this reason it is important to carry a map. You can purchase a map for a selected segment of the trail or a book that includes all the maps from the south and all the way up north.
Check for water sources – Even if you are only going for a few days it is a good idea to plan ahead and to check out where there are sources of water. For example, in the north, part of the Israel National Trail goes through Tiberius, and you can purchase water to restock your supply in one of the Kiosks. The trail also passes through nature reserves where you can refill your bottles and canteens. On the other hand there are long stretches without water so it is important to plan your hike so that you will know how much water you need to carry and when you can refill your supply.
Preserve your battery – Smartphone batteries lose their power rather quickly these days due to internet access, camera and applications. It is important that you have battery power for your entire hike on the Israel National Trail, for emergency use in case of injury. We recommend that you have a back-up phone shut off until needed or a spare battery, dedicated for this purpose only.
Blister prevention – Getting blisters on your feet can ruin your whole hiking experience. To prevent blisters, first of all, buy a comfortable pair of shoes and thick socks. It is a mistake to hike with thin socks, even if you are hiking in August, because then your heel will rub against the shoe much quicker. When hiking on the Israel National Trail we recommend that every second or third stop, you refresh your feet. Just take off your shoes and socks and let your feet air-out. If there is a stream nearby, you can rinse them off.
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Have a great hike!