6 Tips For A Safe Hike

Whether you’re taking a walk on the trail, a light hike through the woods, or a strenuous climb up a mountain, all are great ways to get a workout in and enjoy the outdoors. Before hitting the trails, consider these tips to stay safe and avoid accidents while hiking:

  1. Check the weather – Confirm there aren’t any storms in the forecast or dramatic temperature changes that may impact your hike.
  2. Plan your hike – Properly planning the time duration of your hike is important, as it is safest to hike during the day. Be sure to build in buffer time to mitigate the risk of hiking after dark.
  3. Hike together – It is safer to hike with a friend. If you do not have a hiking buddy, it is imperative that someone knows where you are hiking and what time to expect your return.
  4. Pack a backpack – Here are some essential items you should carry with you on all hikes:
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    • Navigation – Map, compass, GPS, etc.
    • Headlamp – A hands-free light source is ideal.
    • Sun Protection – Hat, sunscreen, & sunglasses will help prevent sunburn.
    • First Aid – Band-Aids, antibiotic ointment, alcohol wipes, insect repellent.
    • Fire – Matches or a lighter.
    • Shelter – Tarp, emergency blanket.
    • Food – Pack extra food beyond what you anticipate using.
    • Water – Pack extra water beyond what you anticipate using.
    • Extra clothing – Socks, gloves, synthetic jacket, or vest.
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  5. Tick bite prevention – Wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and long socks to avoid tick bites. If you do find a tick on you, remove the tick slowly with tweezers, clean the bite area, and check-in with your primary care provider should you develop a fever or rash. Learn more here.
  6. Stay on marked trails – Unknown obstacles off-trail can cause you to get lost or injured, and increase the difficulty for first responders to find you in the event of an emergency. Hike on marked trails to stay safe.