One of the most important parts for a hiking trip is the preparation. The proper and intensive preparation will give you successful and joyful hiking. There are some tips to make good preparations for your trip.
Master sufficient knowledge. You can easily find many information on the basics about hiking. Read the boots and they will show what to expect and how to do during the hiking. Also you can find all varieties of resources online that will give you useful tips and tricks about the activity. These useful tips include safety tips, first aid, survival skills and wilderness medicine, etc.
Keep fit. Hiking and backpacking are physical activities that need energy and strength. It is a bit hard but you really have to keep yourself in good shape. Do some excises such as bicycling, rowing, weight lifting, swimming, jogging, but it is not advisable to do too strong excises.
Some people have been living a sedentary life for most of their waking time, for most of people who have not made any hikes, it will take long time for their bodies to break in hiking. Try to engage in the exercises for building your stamina, strengthening your body and giving you sufficient energy.
Do some practice. Excises can give you a lot of help but you still should know that walking or jogging on flat ground is much different from carrying a backpack on a rugged trail. So you need to practice it before you starting the real hiking. Walk around a small town with a backpack that is at least five pounds heavier than what you actually bring for hiking.