There are a few things you should know before hiking, even if you’re just going for a short walk. First, make sure to pack plenty of water and snacks. Hiking can be thirsty work! Second, be aware of your surroundings. If there’s any chance of rain or snow in the forecast, bring an umbrella or jacket. And finally, always take caution when crossing streams or climbing steep hills – stay away from cliffs and other dangerous areas.