Hiking is a fun activity for people of all ages as well as a great source of exercise. However, if you go on a hike unprepared, you could end up getting lost or even injured.
To stay safe on a hike, do the following:
- Make a gear list that accounts for essential items, like water, a first-aid kit, rain gear, extra food and a compass.
- Bring a map and take the time to understand it before you go on a hike. While you should also bring a GPS, it’s good to have backup directions handy. This is especially true as limited service and unreliable battery power can make GPS devices ineffective.
- Hike during the day to avoid potentially dangerous wild animals and getting lost.
- Understand the area you will be hiking. Make note of local wildlife, poisonous plants and hunting areas.
- Check the weather forecast and pack the appropriate gear.
- Tell someone where you will be hiking and when you plan to return.
- Avoid hiking alone and stick with your group.
Keeping these tips in mind will help keep you safe whenever you go hiking.