Be prepared before taking off for a hike this summer.

Tips for staying safe while hiking this summer

Summer is here in much of the country, and that means more Americans are heading out into the wilderness for some hiking. This time of year is perfect to escape – a long, cold winter had many dormant this year, but now is the time to get out and have an adventure.

However, when it comes to hiking, it’s always important to take precautions and make sure to have the proper supplies on hand.

Be prepared
The most critical advice for hiking is to come prepared. Hikers will want to create a list of items they plan on bringing on a trip. As a hiking trip pits man against nature, it’s essential to have the proper tools to keep safe.

  • First-aid kit: Hikers will want to bring along a kit of medical supplies and other essentials. While they might think they are just headed out on a casual jaunt, not having a well-stocked first-aid kit could mean all the difference if something were to go wrong.
  • Security products: Whether they are leaving valuables in their vehicle while they head out on a hike or they are bringing them along, it’s always a good idea to have a lockbox to keep valuables safe. Certain items such as medication or firearms might even be critical for hikers, so  it’s all the more important to keep them secure.
  • Proper clothing: Depending on where a person plans on hiking, they will want to bring extra clothing. The desert can be extremely hot during the day but temperatures plummet at night, which is why hikers and off-roading enthusiasts are advised to dress in layers. Hikers will need the proper clothing to keep themselves comfortable.

Avoid heat exhaustion
Hiking is a strenuous activity. And now that the weather is warming up, it’s even more brutal on the body. Hikers will want to do everything they can to stay hydrated and avoid heat exhaustion. That means bringing more than enough water and making sure not to overwork a body on a hike. Dehydration can set in quickly. If a hiker happens to fall victim to this, it’s important to seek shade, take a break and drink plenty of water.

Don’t assume devices will work
While many hikers these days feel confident going further because they have a phone in their pocket, this little device shouldn’t be considered a lifeline. Phones break, run out of battery and cell phone service in the woods is often nonexistent. The best advice is to act like a phone is not even there.

Adventurers will be amazed what Mother Nature has to offer than an iPhone can’t.

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