Hiking Lady’s How To Tips & Videos

I receive lots of questions about hiking gear usage, boot fitting and lacing, gear maintenance, and more! With all of that inspiration I regularly put together write-ups and how to videos.

If there are certain things you want to see let me know and I will write about the most popular topics you ask about!

Happy trails!


How to Lace Hiking Boots to Prevent Heel Blisters

How to Lace Hiking Boots to Prevent Heel Blisters
How to Lace Hiking Boots to Prevent Heel Blisters

 

How to Lace Trail Shoes/Low Top Hiking Shoes to Prevent Heel Blisters

One of the most asked questions from Hiking Lady readers! This isn’t a video, but there are pictures explaining the lacing technique. Happy trails!

How to Lace Trail Shoes/Low Top Hiking Shoes to Prevent Heel Blisters
How to Lace Trail Shoes/Low Top Hiking Shoes to Prevent Heel Blisters

 

Prepping Your Feet to Prevent Blisters

Preventing Blisters
Prepping Your Feet to Prevent Blisters

 

How to Waterproof Your Hiking Boots

Hiking Boot Waterproofing
How to Waterproof Your Hiking Boots

 

How to Use a SteriPEN to Treat Water

How to Use a SteriPEN to Treat Water
How to Use a SteriPEN to Treat Water

 

How to Use a SteriPEN Pre-Filter

How to Use a SteriPEN Pre-Filter
How to Use a SteriPEN Pre-Filter

 

How to Use a JetBoil Personal Cooking System

JetBoil Personal Cooking System
How to Use a JetBoil Personal Cooking System!

 

Packing for A 3-Night Backpacking Trip

Packing for Backpacking Trip
Packing for A 3-Night Backpacking Trip

 

How to Unpack Well

How to Be an Expert (Un)Packer!
How to Be an Expert (Un)Packer!

 

How to Clean Trail Running Shoes

How to Clean Trail Running Shoes
How to Clean Trail Running Shoes

 

How to Scare a Bear!

How to Scare a Bear: Use the Loudest Chip Bag on the Market!!
How to Scare a Bear: Use the Loudest Chip Bag on the Market!!

 

6 comments

  1. OCDemon says:

    On the subject of Steripens, Camelbak makes a bottle with the UV light inside, so you just fill up the bottle and press a button. No filter, though…you can get a filter Camelbak bottle, and fill up one, then pour it into the other. Kinda silly, but it works.

  2. Hiking Lady says:

    Hi Karen! Thanks! Great question. It can be tricky to get a backpack to fit properly.

    My tips? 1) Make sure that the hip belt is on properly…meaning that it is on your hips, and tight. Not so tight to be uncomfortable, but tight enough that you’re able to slip your fingers underneath the shoulder straps. ie, Almost all of the weight of the pack should rest on your hips, not your shoulders.

    2) Adjust the shoulder straps so that they don’t cut underneath your arms. This just takes practice adjusting, and there is the possibility that the pack just don’t fit right for you.

    3). Adjust the smaller straps to tweak the fit…such as the sternum strap and side straps. Make sure you have a women’s specific pack. Men’s packs/unisex backpacks definitely don’t leave any room for breasts! The sternum strap on a woman’s pack generally can be adjusted to fit above the breasts.

    Hope that helps and good luck! Happy trails.

  3. Karen says:

    I just came across your website thanks to Pinterest, and am definitely pinning it as a go-to resource. I was curious, do you have any tips on how to adjust a backpack to fit properly? I started to get more into hiking last summer, and bought a basic backpack to get used to the idea of carrying a pack. As I get more advanced, I’ll buy a better one. But for now, how to I properly fit all those straps? I’m a heavy set woman, and I found last summer I got a lot of chaffing on my chest, by the armpits, and I kept fiddling with the straps (over arm, waist and one that seems to go right over my cleavage) to no avail.

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    Many Thanks! Jayah

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