5 Top Tips on How to Prepare for A Walking Tour
A walking tour is one of the best ways to see the world! Not only is it fantastic aerobic exercise, but it also gets the heart pumping and allows you to get outside and enjoy your surroundings without putting too much strain on your body.
Wolf Tours offers a variety of walking tours, from those in our nation’s capital of Washington D.C. to Boston, Philadelphia, Disney, New York City, and basically, anywhere your group is interested in touring. Our groups, both adults and school groups love our well-planned walking tours. Taking a walking tour, however, means being ready for the day in several ways.
#1 – Get Moving
Going from the couch to walking many miles in a day around the nation’s capital can be a huge shock to the body. Even people who regularly exercise can become exhausted when walking up step after step.
Plan in advance by upping your movement in the days and weeks before your trip. Start small by walking around your neighborhood and increasing your distance as you strengthen your muscles and increase your endurance. Even short walks can be helpful.
Training with a friend can make the anticipation of the trip fun and exciting. Don’t forget to incorporate stretching into your workouts as that will be what keeps you limber and your muscles strong.
Before you sign up for a walking tour or begin exercising, it’s a good idea to get a medical check-up to be sure you have the green light to get out there and explore while walking.
#2 – Consider Footwear and Foot Care
Your feet are literally the foundation of your walking process. If walking tours are your thing, we suggest investing in a supportive pair of walking shoes or hiking sneakers. Make sure you bring a few extra pairs of cotton socks that have cushions and will allow your feet to breathe.
In some cases, walkers get blisters and we recommend having a foot care pouch in your bag with ointment, bandages, and moleskin to cushion the blister. This will allow you to continue walking without pain.
Prior to the walking tour, lubricate your feet with Vaseline or another smooth product that will protect your feet from blisters. Don’t forget to trim your toenails to a nice length!
#3 – Hydration & Snacks
Walking means expending energy and sweating. Be sure to have a water bottle that will allow you to hydrate every 10-15 minutes as well as a few quick on-the-go snacks like a granola bar to feed your hunger while you walk.
If your tour day is especially warm or sunny, continually hydrate throughout the day.
#4 – Prep For Weather
Check the forecast prior to the day before your walking tour.
Pack a light bag/backpack that will allow you to hold a few key items including your water bottle, some snacks, and wet weather gear in case the skies turn grey or a sudden rain shower passes through. You will also want to have some sunscreen, a hat, and a few light layers that you can put on or off depending on the temperature.
#5 – Keep Safety in Mind
Your walking tour has been planned and organized by the professionals. That being said, you should always be aware of your surroundings. Have a phone that can help you call a friend or authorities in case you get lost or separated from your group.
Looking for more suggestions on how to prepare for a walking tour or any of our tours? Give us a call, we’d be happy to help.