How To Have A Safe And Fun Hiking Trip
Hiking is a safe out of doors hobby. Though it is relatively safe, you’re still outside and could find yourself some distance from folk and civilization. If you get hurt or need assistance in anyway, help may not be instantly available. That said you want to bear in mind one or two basic safety tips to make your hike a pleasant and safe experience.
Never travel or hike alone. This won’t be possible every time . If you’re using a well-traveled trail or route you are in all probability safe. But never get out of the usual trail especially if you’re not acquainted with the terrain or area. Getting lost is generally a chance. Always look to travel or hike with someone, ideally one with more experience than you do. You are going to be able to help each other when the requirement pops up.
Always know where you are going. Always let somebody know where you are going, your course and other details of your hike just in case you get lost. Always stay on clearly marked and well-traveled trails. Never go off these trails especially if you’re new to the area and have minimal experience. A GPS, compass and a back-up map is always a good back idea to help you if you need to get lost. Aside from the GPS and map, know as much about the area you can from local people or park staff. They are going to be able to give you invaluable information.
Bring only the gear that you need. Even if you’ve a large enough back-pack bring only the gear that you need. Plan carefully what gear you want to bring along. It’s no use bringing too much that you are going to at last not need. A lighter and back-up matches is sure to be a good idea. A knife or better yet one with multiple purpose tools could prove invaluable. Some other gear you will consider bringing are ; first aid kit, skin lotions ( for sunburn and itches / insect bites ), additional weather specific clothing like a poncho or long sleeved shirt.
Take with you enough liquids and food. Water is certain to be a must when you go on a hike. You could be only planning for a short hike and may think that you will not need any water nonetheless it is usually better to be safe than sorrowful. When you’re exposed to extended heat, water could be a life saver. Also, bring enough provisions that you are going to need. One pound of food should be good for about a typical sized male for one day. If you throw in some energy bars, you’ll increase the calorie level of your food without bringing up their weight.
Use common-sense at all times. We usually hear and read about dumb things that folks do that got them into trouble. One simple rule is, if unsure, don’t! Keep safe and enjoy your hike and Mother Nature.