Why You Should Start a Hiking Journal
Benefits of starting a hiking journal
Elevate your outdoor adventures by starting a hiking journal or blog. Why? While you may remember trekking to your favourite destinations like Banff National Park, or Lake Louise, the little details may be hard to recall. The smell of the flora, how your lunch tasted that day or what the weather was like are many of the little memories that will dissolve after time. With your hiking journal, you’ll be able to keep track of the sunny days, favourite hikes, and capture the special memories in between.
How to start one
Step One: Shop for the journal that fits your needs
Some hikers like to buy hardcover journals, and some prefer leather bound. Some adore journals with prompts, and others like journals with blank pages and lines.
Pro Tip: We recommend buying a journal with some kind of waterproof cover, so you’re not worried about it getting wet while in the wild.
Step 2: Get into the Right Mindset
If you’re new to journaling, it may take some time to adjust to writing your thoughts down, but we promise once you start, you won't be able to put the pen down. There’s no word count limit either, write as little or as much as you want. Plus, there’s scientific evidence that shows that journal writing can ease the mind, lowers stress levels and enables a sense of well-being and clarity. Plus, being in nature only enhances the feeling of mindfulness and wellbeing.
Step Three: Think about what you want to write about and start writing!
Here are some hiking prompts to get you started:
- Tune into how you are feeling on the hike (were you present most of the time?)
- Did you ditch your technology for the day?
- What inspired you?
- What was your favourite location/ destination?
- Trails to try at a later date / in the future
- What were the trails like? (dry, muddy, gravol, or a dirt trail)
- Was it a crowded day or did you find a remote hideaway?
- What did you eat for lunch?
- Did you find any edible plants?
- Record nature finds of the day, like new fauna and flora you saw
- Look back at photos you took and caption each memory
Step Four: Incorporate food journaling and your experiences of foods
Don’t stop at documenting nature! Why not document the delicious food you ate while outdoor adventuring too! Enjoy the pleasure of experiencing your food with your five senses and remember your surroundings and the people you were with enjoyed the camping meals.
- Write down what foods you brought.
- Were you in a healthy mood or did you bring a mix of nutritious snacks and yummy trail mix treats?
- Did you pack light and bring your Backcountry Wok dehydrated meals?
- How did your Backcountry Wok meal taste?
- What did it smell like?
- Did you feel warm after eating the curry?
- Were you taken on a cultural journey as you were eating your meal?
- Were you in awe of the bright colours of the thai green curry!?
- Write every feeling down and express how being surrounded by nature and/or amazing friends enhanced the entire outdoor experience.
Step Five: Community and Sharing
There’s nothing better than sharing your new favourite foods with friends and family! Go back into your favourite hiking journal entries and find your favourite experiences. Share your top Backcountry Wok dehydrated food experiences while hiking or camping with our online community and tag us on social @backcountry_wok. We want to know how your five senses felt about the BCW meals and the nature on your hike that day!