Tips To Make Hiking Safer And Fun
When you're camping, one of the most fun things you can do is go on a hike. It is wonderful exercise ; you can enjoy the outside, and you can see attractive scenery. Nevertheless there are some dangers to hiking and you should be prepared for all events in order to remain safe and ensure you've got
by Bobby Bailey Monday, May 16, 2011
Employ a backpack to store your items that you're going to take with you on a hike. Put heavier items toward the bottom to help balance your center of balance. If hiking with a group, distribute items equally amongst the group in the event of an accident. If a back-pack is lost and it was the only one that held the water or food, you might have a tricky time.
Dress suitably for the weather and bring a spare set of clothing. If it is cold, wear layers and make efforts to wear a hat for maximum heat. Wear 2 pairs of socks and good hill climbing boots so you do not slip. Wear sunglasses and use suntan lotion. Even if it is cold, the sun can provide you with an exceedingly uncomfortable burn. Also use insect repellant to protect you from pests and bites.
Bring emergency supplies in the event of an accident. This ought to include a first aid kit, rope, a utility knife, matches and a flash-lamp. Always have lots of food and water. You need to keep hydrated and nourished in a hike. Beef jerky and trail mix are wonderful energy boosting foods and will help get you thru the day. Water is essential but you will also pack drinks like Gatorade that have electrolytes. Do not overdo it.
Take frequent breaks and rest when you're feeling exhausted. Pushing yourself to exhaustion is unsafe. Use a walking stick to help to keep you from getting exhausted and help you in climbing and keeping your balance. If you should happen to feel weak or light headed, sit down, take your backpack off, and drink and eat a little until you're feeling rested and good to go on.
Be aware of your surroundings. The beautiful scenery is a superb time to take photographs or sketch. These can be pleasurable past times but it is also an opportunity to run into wild animals, snakes and have an accident from not concentrating. Don't venture off trails into brush which will contain snakes or other poisonous creatures. You might want to carry bear repellant and a whistle in case you come across a wild animal. A whistle may also be useful if you fall or are surrounded.
Research the area where you will be hiking and plan what you will need to take in an appropriate way. Do not be surprised by sudden climate changes. Take pictures and sightsee. Enjoy the outside and have a lot of fun, but be safe and prepared for anything. With a little planning, you should be capable of making the best of your hiking experience.
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