The Three Most Essential Hiking Safety Tips
Hiking is one way to get some fresh air while reconnecting with nature at the same time. Planning your trip and wearing comfortable gear is a great start. Unfortunately, sometimes even the best-planned hike won't always go as planned. By having the right knowledge, preparing yourself beforehand, hiking according to pre-defined plans, and knowing the steps to take in an emergency, you will be better prepared to complete your hike safely. Grivet Outdoors has put together a list of hiking tips that will help you make the most out of your outdoor adventures.
Plan Your Hike In Advance
Before you embark on a hiking expedition, you need to have a general idea of what to expect along your route. Make those practical preparations that could be crucially important to your safety and comfort during your hike. It doesn't matter if you'll be alone or in a group; the first thing to remember is to let someone know where you plan to go. In a worst-case scenario, you could be lost for days on end with no help of rescue. However, if someone has information about your approximate whereabouts, this could help rescue services pinpoint your location. If you plan to follow an exact route, it never hurts to leave a copy with a friend or family member.
Pack Properly For Your Trip
Packing is perhaps the most crucial preparation process. An experienced hiker will take no more than needed since additional weight can slow you down and tire you out in no time. For day trips, our Osprey Packs Hikelite 26 Backpack is a light bag that has enough room to carry all of your essentials. Make sure you have some of the necessary navigation tools, such as maps and a compass. Other equipment types, such as matches, a sharp pocket knife, and a first aid kit, are also essential. Warm clothes such as our Patagonia Long Sleeve Capilene Cool Daily Shirt in warm weather and Patagonia's Down Sweater Jacket in cold weather are the right places to start as far as external wear.
Consider packing plenty of food and water to last your hike's duration and then some. For hiking trips that will last more than a few days, you should have gear that will allow you to sterilize water and hunt or catch your food. Having a portable phone could also be a potential lifesaver, so make the most of what technology offers you.
Understand Your Limits
Always be aware of your physical limitations. Pushing yourself can be disastrous to your well-being and may strain other group members as well. As in any outdoor situation, you should ensure that you remain properly hydrated - dehydration can be a killer, even in icy cold weather conditions. Being aware of your physical limitations also means recognizing when conditions are so severe that they may be harmful. You should also have enough warm clothing, preferably several thin layers that you can adjust as needed.
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