Hiking is a favorite summer activity of nature lovers, and it’s good exercise too. But there are some safety issues that are important to keep in mind when hiking. A few things to consider before you head out:
- Ticks and insects can spread dangerous diseases, and some spiders are poisonous. Wearing long pants tucked into socks will help keep crawling critters off of you. Insect repellents are good for keeping all types of bugs away.
- Take plenty of clean water, some food, and waterproof matches. You never know what could happen, so it is best to be prepared.
- Pack extra clothing and rain gear. You probably checked the weather report before setting out, but storms and inclement weather can come out of nowhere. Again – best to be prepared!
- Don’t go hiking alone, especially if it will be a long hike or you are in unfamiliar territory. It’s much safer to have someone with you in the event that one of you is injured or other unexpected problems arise.
- Tell someone where you’re going and how long you plan to be gone. If you’re not back when you planned to be, they will know where to look for you.
- Pack basic first aid supplies like bandages and skin solution – our natural first aid towelettes are lightweight and perfect for on-the-go wound care.
- Have some means of communication with the civilized world. A cell phone is good, but in remote areas you may not be able to get a signal. A walkie-talkie might be helpful, and in an emergency, smoke signals can draw attention to you.
Being prepared when you hit the woods will allow you to have a great time while knowing that you have everything you need in case the unexpected happens. Enjoy your hike!