Mother Nature has been waiting for you and may soon be calling your name – if she hasn’t already. The most successful adventures are the ones for which you are best prepared to cope with the unexpected.

Plan your route on paper

Consult, and bring along, a paper map of your hiking route. This is your backup if anything happens to your devices or if you hike outside cell tower range.

Choose a route that fits your limits

Elevation, ruggedness of the terrain and seasonal changes can affect the difficulty of the trail. You know the limits of your physical fitness and shorter hikes can help you “train” for more challenging ones if that is your goal.

Identify potential hazards of your route

Check the concentration of poisonous plants and learn how to spot them. The same is true for animals whose natural environment you will be visiting.

Tell someone where you’re going

Leave the details of your hike with someone you can contact on your return. Agree on a deadline after which someone can alert emergency help for you.

What you need

  • Wear boots or shoes that are already broken-in and are designed to cushion your feet and legs
  • Wear moisture-wicking clothing and carry a set of clothes in a water-resistant bag.
  • Take your ID with you and take pictures of your ID and any other credit cards you bring. Should anything happen to them, you’ll have the information at hand to get replacements.
  • Apply sunscreen before you go so it has time to absorb into your skin by the time you are exposed to summertime uv rays.
  • Hiking sticks can help you maintain your balance on uneven or slippery terrain. They can also help to cushion your knees from the impact.

What you need to pack

  • A very minimal first aid kit will contain at least a sterile cleansing agent (spray-on or individually-wrapped alcohol wipes), antibacterial ointment and bandages.
  • Water is crucial and is also heavy so you need to determine the proper balance. Electrolyte water enhancers and portable water purifiers offer extra protection against unanticipated events.
  • Lightweight food like trail mixes, jerky, dried fruit and peanut or almond butter are a great source of energy during a hike.
  • Lightweight, compact rain ponchos weigh very little and are a great solution to unexpected weather changes.

A successful hike can be a 1-day adventure or part of a longer camping trip. Getting away from the daily stress of life is a wonderful way to refresh your mind and body. We encourage you to explore your world and …

Remember the Great Outdoors!



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