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Staying Safe While Hiking

May 28th, 2014

hikingStaying Safe While Hiking

Hiking is a great recreational activity. You can wake up one morning and decide to go for a hike, or you could plan a full-on week of backpacking.

Today, we’re going to review safety tips for day hikes including what to bring and how to prepare. It’s essential to have the proper equipment if you’re going on a new trail, or if you go off the trail.

When it comes to hiking gear, one of the most important pieces of gear that you will come across are hiking boots or hiking shoes. Unfortunately, many individuals set out on a hike in traditional sneakers or even sandals and end up with sore feet or blisters. Also having appropriate socks is essential so you don’t get blisters or get rubbed raw from improperly fitted footgear.. Hiking shoes are not only comfortable, as they are designed for hiking trail terrain, but they can also be used as a safety tool. With strong support for your feet and your ankles, hiking shoes and boots can help reduce your risk of injury in the event of a slip or a small fall.

A hiking stick is another piece of hiking gear that you may want to think about buying or bringing along with you. Hiking sticks can be purchased from sport stores, or scavenging through your backyard if you’re fortunate enough to have large trees. Hiking sticks are useful because they can help you keep your balance, move things out of the way, and in the event that you fall or have a hiking accident, banging it against rocks or something else to help get the attention of others.

As for the clothing that you will want to wear on your next hiking adventure, it will depend where you are going hiking, for how long, and what the weather will be like. You are advised to thoroughly examine the weather forecast before leaving for your hiking trip. Even if the weather is expected to be nice, you should still bring additional warm clothes with you, as you should also be prepared for the unexpected. An extra change of clothes is also advised. If you are concerned with space, you may want to think about look into buying some of those space saving bags, which are perfect for hiking.

You will also want to make sure that you bring more food, snacks, and drinks with you then you think you need. Again, if you get lost and are forced to spend the night, you’ll keep hunger at bay. Generally speaking for drinks, you will find that water is the best. As for the snacks, you will want to make sure that you bring snacks that are easy to eat, like small bags of trail mix, pretzels, jerky, dried fruit, or other easy to eat and transport snacks. You will also want to bring real food that is easily portable like sandwiches, as well as bringing along a few pieces of firm fresh fruit.

Make sure your backpack or daypack fits you and isn’t going to be rubbing your shoulders raw.

Additional items that you will want to bring along with you on your next hiking adventure include

  • a map of the hiking park or hiking trail in question
  • a real compass
  • a fully charged cell phone
  • a first aid kit

There are also solar chargers for cell phones as well as signal boosters that you may want to bring.

Once you have decided which hiking trial you would like to hike on, you will want to take the time to fully familiarize yourself with the trail. Know exactly where you are at all times, as well as how to get out of the area, in the event of an emergency. If it’s a national, state, county or local park, there are probably rangers that you could find and ask if you have questions.

Finally, the best way that you can go about staying safe on your next hiking adventure is by letting your friends and family members know where you are going, when you will be leaving, and when you will return. Should you not return on time, those that you know should be able to find you, or at least have a general idea of where you are. You may also want to think about writing down the same information and leaving it at a safe place at home.

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