Follow these tips to keep safe while hiking, but more importantly: use common sense:
Pick the right hiking trail
Before deciding to go hike, take a closer look at the trail to see if it fits you. Trails are easy, moderate or difficult. Check to see how long the hiking trail is, map it and make sure you have time to return before nightfall. The way you pick your trail may also depend on whether or not you will hike with children. If this is your first time hiking, you may want to choose one that is easy to moderate. This way you can make your experience more pleasant while getting to enjoy the outdoors.
Always follow the path
Many hikers leave the path seeking adventure and end up lost in the woods. Often they spend days before they are found, or they are found too late. Don’t let his happen to you! Follow the rules in place and read all instructions (if any) at the site.They are there for your own safety.
Wear the right shoes /clothes
Hiking requires great tennis shoes or boots, and comfortable clothes. Avoid jeans, tight shirts and sandals so that you can enjoy your hiking experience to the fullest. Don’t forget to pack some long sleeve shirts if the weather changes and to protect yourself from insects bites.
Tell someone of your plans
Even if you plan to hike with your friends, still tell someone else who is not going with you about your plans. Inform them of when you plan to return as well, so that your family knows where you are and not report you missing if they can’t get in touch with you.
Pack plenty of water / snacks
Carry as much water as you can with you on long hiking trails. Even if the weather doesn’t seem to be very hot, you will still be exhausted and need plenty of water. Keep hydrated! As for a snack, buy the protein bars as they take little space in your back pack while they provide energy and food.
Don’t hike alone
Don’t hike alone, as this could be a matter of life and death. If you hike alone, you can’t help yourself if you are ever in trouble. Even individuals without health issues history, can get exhausted, dehydrated and disoriented. If you don’t have anyone else to go hiking with, walk around the neighborhood instead.
Carry a walking stick
A walking stick is great for stability on inclined terrain, as well as for protection from wild animals.
Take your phone with you
Take your phone with you, but keep in mind that there may be times when you won’t have a signal. With that in mind, be prepared for anything. However, if you ever need help, you may still be able to dial 911, or you may need to go back to your car to find a signal and seek help.
Enjoy the outdoors and plan for a safe hiking experience. When you are proactive, less can go wrong.
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