Important Safety Tips When Hiking

Hiking is an exciting outdoor activity. It is also a great way to stay physically fit. However, it can also be life threatening if you are not careful.  Here are some safety tips you need to remember before going out on a hike.

Angela Lynn Rapley
Angela Lynn Rapley

Plan Ahead

Make sure you learn as much as you can about the place ahead of time. Check updated guidebooks and maps to be familiar with the terrain, trails, streams, and other physical features of the area. It is equally important that you are familiar with the poisonous plants found in the area.

Physically Prepared

Hiking often involves a lot of physical exertion. If you are not feeling well or if you are recovering from an illness, consider postponing the activity or choose a trail that suits your physical capabilities.

Inform Others of Your Plans

Always let someone know about your hike, destination, and schedule. It is important that someone knows where you are going and when you are planning to return, especially when you are hiking alone.  Doing so will make it easier to get help in case of an emergency. Don’t forget to check weather reports before you leave.

Dress Appropriately

Wear light-colored pants and sleeved tops. Light colored clothes will make easier for you to see if there are ticks and bugs on you. Avoid cotton clothing if the weather is cool. Cotton insulates poorly and does not dry quickly when wet. Always wear a watch with you to be always aware of the time.

Angela Lynn Rapley is a registered nurse who loves the outdoors. As a nurse, she makes sure that she is always in top shape. For her, biking, hiking, and swimming are the best forms of exercise.