It’s summertime, which means hiking! Before you set out for a hike, read this post about some safety tips so you can enjoy your day.
- Have a good pair of hiking boots. There’s nothing worse than getting blisters from your boots and being 10 miles from the car. I also recommend wearing good hiking socks that wick moisture.
- Bring a lot of water, even if it’s just for a few hours. Essentially pack “just in case” you have to stay the night in the wilderness. Bring water purifying pills too.
- Bring extra food and snacks: protein bars, nuts, trail mix, fruit.
- Pack firestarters, matches, a compass and a rain poncho.
- Mini First Aid Kits are small and easy to pack.
- Tell friends and family where you will be hiking and when you plan to return.
- Do not go off the trail. As soon as the weather gets nice in Oregon, the news is ripe with missing hikers and people falling to their death. Why? The common reason is almost always that the hiker LEFT THE TRAIL.
- Know the weather and be prepared.
- If you are new to hiking take frequent rest stops. Drink water, take pictures and rest.
- Be careful of ticks, poison ivy, poison oak and nettles.
- If you have allergies, bring your medication. Especially if you’re allergic to bees!
- Avoid peak times when the heat is the highest.
- Bring extra water.
- Be aware of quick weather changes. Thunder and lightning storms can come on fast in the desert.
- Be aware of your surroundings in case there are snakes or other desert critters!
- Be careful of the edge of the trail–especially if there’s a steep drop off on the other side. It’s easy to lose your footing and slip!
- If you are sensitive to elevation, be aware of that as you hike up and take frequent breaks.
- Stay on the trail!
Hiking is one of my favorite summer activities. It’s fun, fairly cheap once you buy your basic gear, and it’s great exercise.
Most of all, have fun and enjoy the gorgeous scenery! You never know what you’ll see. 🙂
QUESTION: Are you a hiker? What are some of your own tips?