I'm going to be hiking for the first time, and it's going to be in a woody mountain in the backcountry, and I'd like to have some to-dos, not-to-dos, must-carries, and what precautions I should take while hiking in forests like this.
Info that may be useful:
I'm a couch potato, I'm not fat but I'm not that dude who exercises a lot
I walk 3 to 4 miles a day (I walk to work, it's not so far away and I get to enjoy some fresh air)
I plan on hiking for a day, maybe two
I bought some gear, like a backpack for campers, some knives, survival matches, some canned food (my favorite), a tarp, an iron pot for cooking, I'm not really sure of what kind of shoes I should wear, and I'm thinking about bringing a first aid kit on me as well.