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Tips To Make Hiking Safer And Fun

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When you’re camping, one of the most fun things you can do is go on a hike. It is wonderful exercise ; you can enjoy the outside, and you can see attractive views. Nevertheless there are some dangers to hiking and you should be prepared for all events to remain safe and ensure you have a good time. Planning is essential so you aren’t caught in a position where you aren’t prepared.

Use a backpack to store your items that you will take with you on a hike. Put heavier items toward the bottom to help balance your center of gravity. If hiking with a group, distribute items equally amongst the group in the event of an accident. If a backpack is lost and that was the only one that held the water or food, you may have a difficult time.

Dress suitably for the weather and bring a spare set of clothing. If it is cold, wear layers and make sure to wear a hat for max warmth. Wear two pairs of socks and good hill climbing boots so you don’t slip. Wear sunglasses and use sun lotion. Whether or not it is cold, the sun can give you a very uncomfortable burn. Also use insect repellant to protect you from pests and bites.

Bring emergency supplies in the event of an accident. This should include an emergency medical kit, rope, a general-purpose knife, matches and a flashlight. Always have plenty of food and water. You need to keep hydrated and nourished during a hike. Meat jerky and trail mix are wonderful energy boosting foods and will assist in getting you through the day. Water is critical but you can also pack drinks like Gatorade that have electrolytes. Don’t go overboard.

Take frequent breaks and rest when you are feeling beat. Pushing yourself to exhaustion is dangerous. Employ a walking stick to help in keeping you from getting tired and help you in climbing and keeping your balance. If you should happen to feel puny or light headed, sit down, take your backpack off, and eat and drink a little till you are feeling rested and good to go on.

Be aware of your surroundings. The pretty view is a superb time to take photographs or sketch. These can be enjoyable past times but it’s also a chance to run into wild animals, snakes and have an accident from not listening. Don’t venture off trails into brush that may contain snakes or other poisonous creatures. You might want to carry bear repellant and a whistle if you come across a wild animal. A whistle may also be useful if you fall or are surrounded.

Research the area where you will be hiking and plan what you will need to take accordingly. Don’t be confounded by sudden climate changes. Take photos and sightsee. Enjoy the outside and have a lot of fun, but be safe and prepared for anything. With a bit of planning, you should be capable of making the maximum of your hiking experience.

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