Hiking is a safe out of doors hobby. Though it is comparatively safe, you are still outside and may find yourself a long way from folks and civilization. If you get hurt or need assistance in anyway, help may not be straight away available. That declared you need to keep under consideration a couple of basic safety tips to make your hike an agreeable and safe experience.
Never travel or hike alone. This won’t be possible each and every time. If you are employing a well-traveled trail or route you are most likely safe. But never get out of the usual trail especially if you are not acquainted with the terrain or area. Getting lost is always a possibility. Always look to travel or hike with somebody, preferably one with more experience than you do. You will be able to help each other when the requirement ensues.
Always know where you are going. Always let someone know where you are going, your course and other details of your hike in case you get lost. Always stay on obviously marked and well-traveled trails. Never go off these trails especially if you are new to the area and have minimal experience. A GPS, compass and a back-up map is almost 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 area folk or park workers. They are going to be able to offer you useful information.
Bring only the gear that you need. Even if you’ve a sufficiently big back-pack bring only the gear that you need. Plan conscientiously what gear you need to take along. It’s no use bringing too much that you’ll eventually not need. A lighter and back-up matches is sure to be a smart idea. A knife or better yet one with multi-purpose tools could prove useful. Some other gear you’ll consider bringing are ; emergency medical kit, skin lotions ( for second degree burns and itches / insect bites ), additional weather explicit clothing like a poncho or long sleeved shirt.
Take with you enough liquids and food. Water is usually a must when you go on a hike. You may be only planning for a short hike and may think you will not need any water nonetheless it is usually better to be safe than sorry. When you are exposed to lengthened heat, water could be a life saver. Also, bring enough provisions that you will need. One pound of food may be good for roughly an average sized male for one day. If you chuck in some energy bars, you will increase the calorie level of your food without bringing up their weight.
Use common-sense at all times. We always hear and read about dumb things that folk do that got them into trouble. One easy rule is, when in doubt, don’t! Keep safe and enjoy your hike and Mother nature.