Keeping Safe During Hiking

19 Sep

friends hikingHiking is a lot of fun and a great way to truly experience nature. If you love to climb up a mountain and see the cities and world below, it is important that you take the time to pack a bag and make sure you are safe out there. Every hike has different worries that you could encounter. From wild animals to landslides, there are some risks that come with hiking. If you have a hyperhidrosis problem, it could cause you to have a concern with blurred vision thanks to too much sweat dripping in your eyes. This can cause a serious problem like falling off a ledge or even taking a wrong step and twisting an ankle. To keep safe while hiking you always need to prepare ahead of time.

Get to know the area. What type of animals live up there? Will you encounter snakes? Pack a snake-bit kit just in case! You should always have a small emergency first aid kit with you as it can help with some basic problems. Keep a bandana with you to prevent the sun from burning your neck. Plus it can come in handy in case you have a problem and need one to bandage a wound.

Pack food with you for every hike. You need to have enough water and food to help you get up and down the mountain. To be safe you need to have water to refuel and to continue drinking as you hike. It is also important to have at least 24 hours worth of emergency food and water in the event that you are stranded on the mountain. Protein bars and granola bars work great to help with food issues.

Never hike alone! Tell someone where you are going even if you have done the hike several times. It is always good to hike with another person in case there is an accident. At least this way you have someone to help you out or to call emergency services to get you some help.

Wear the right shoes! Hiking shoes are built to grip into the earth, unlike tennis shoes! Make sure you have a good pair of hiking shoes to wear so they will be able to make your hike easier and to prevent you from slipping and falling.

Bring a rain poncho and an emergency blanket in case you are stranded overnight. It helps to have something that can keep you warm and provide a little shelter.  Take your phone on the hike as it may be able to get cell phone service and you can contact emergency services to let them know where you are for the search and rescue team to find you.