Aside from you getting your well-deserved break, you get to break a sweat and be one with nature. It’s fun and exciting, but it can be dangerous as well if you don’t stay safe.
So, to help you plan your first or next hiking trip here are eight ways to stay safe:
1. Plan it very well
Whether you’re a beginner or an expert climber, you must always plan your trekking trip very well. That’s the basic rule.
Here are a few things you should plan ahead:
Duration of the Trip
Research about how long the hike usually lasts. Is it 4 hours? 8 hours? A whole day? It varies. Knowing this information can help you prepare what or how much of the necessities to bring.
Having a companion is necessary whether you’re an expert or a beginner. It will not only make things more fun but it will be safer, too.
If you don’t have friends that would like to join you, you can join another group, or better, hire a guide to join you.
Prepare ahead of time and research the transport costs, entrance fees, guide fees, and other fees required on the trekking site. Also, prepare for any additional expenses that might appear during the trip.
The weather conditions during the day of your trip can affect your journey a lot. Make sure to check the weather news and know what could be the possible weather on your trip so you can prepare the right clothes, the right equipment, or postpone the whole trip if necessary.
No trail is the same, so research the terrain you’re going to and know every detail. This will help give you the proper mindset to tackle each. Nothing beats an individual who’s prepared.
2. Bring proper gears
Gears mean your essentials. It’s best if you list them down while you’re planning the trip.
Things such as a first-aid kit, a map, sunscreen, jacket, flashlight, matches, tools for any repairs, food, water, and a tent are all great to have.
Do your research beforehand and find out what things do you essentially need to bring for the journey.
Another nice-to-have gear that should come in handy is a trekking pole. Trekking poles are best to keep your balance and prevent you from falling or getting injured.
3. Make sure to pack light
Only bring what’s necessary and keep your backpack as light as possible. This will help you conserve your energy on the trail.
If you had to travel from a far place just to visit the trail and you had a lot of stuff to bring, you can stay at a nearby hotel to leave the other unnecessary stuff.
4. Stay hydrated
We sometimes forget to drink when we are enjoying the hike. Most people sometimes drink water when they only feel thirsty or when it’s time to take a rest.
This is wrong. If you allow yourself to get dehydrated, your body becomes more tired. Proper hydration, on the other hand, keeps you fresh.
What we advise is to drink water every 30 minutes. It doesn’t have to be a full cup, just a sip or two will do.
5. Dress appropriately
Wear proper hiking attire. If you aren’t dressed appropriately for the journey, it will make you feel uncomfortable and can tire you even more.
We advise dressing in layers as temperature and weather conditions can be very unpredictable.
Choose athletic clothing made of synthetic fabrics. These materials hug tightly to your skin and make it easier for you to move about the trail.
If you’re hiking on cool weather, choose clothes made of woven fleece or wool fabrics. These materials are soft to your skin and will retain heat better.
6. Know the environment
We all love adventures and the idea of not knowing where you’re going. However, as exciting as it sounds, it’s also dangerous.
Try to research more about the place first. Information such as wild animals in the area, poisonous plants, hunting seasons, and hiking alerts are important things that you should note.
7. Bring a map
We know how much a lot of us love relying on technology. We have the GPS to assist us with directions.
However, in most hiking trails, there is only very limited reception and there’s also a possibility you’ll run out of battery. When this happens, you won’t be able to use GPS effectively.
That’s why we want to emphasize the importance of going traditional, such as bringing a map.
8. Avoid trekking alone
Hiking alone can be exciting but you’re also taking risks if you get injured.
With a buddy, or in a group, you have someone that will help you in any unpleasant circumstances. Plus, you can also distribute gears to make the hike easier and lighter for everyone.
Safety should be your number one priority when you go hiking. What’s the use of taking a break and having an adventure if you’ll end up in the hospital the next day, right?
Following the tips above will not only keep you safe but will also save you from worrying. Knowing that you’re prepared in any situation, you’ll get to enjoy the adventure more.
So, for your next hiking trip, plan ahead, stay safe, and have fun.