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How To Stay Safe On A Hiking Trip

Hiking can be quite a dangerous activity, especially for those who are new to it. There are many things that can go wrong on a hiking trip, some which are avoidable and some which are not. Here are some of the ways through which you can stay safe during certain situations that you may face while you’re on a hike.

In Case You Get Lost

This is a situation which can definitely be avoided with a bit of pre planning and preparation. The first thing you need to do is to study the trek before the trip. Go through maps and make yourself familiar with the trail that you’ll be taking. When packing for the hike you should make sure that you pack in your map as well as a compass. While most people’s phones have compasses and GPS, it is not quite smart to solely depend on technology while you are out in the wild. However it would definitely not hurt to make sure that everyone in the hiking party carries efficient personal locator beacons on them. Another way to stay safe in case you get lost is to always travel in a group or in twos and to make sure you have enough provisions to last you through. 

In Case You Get Hurt

This is definitely an unavoidable scenario when you are on a hiking trip. However there are enough and more ways to prepare for this in order to make sure that the situation does not get any worse. The best way to do this is by assembling a first aid kit. You need to make sure that all the essentials such as bandages, anti-bacterial cream, gauze, cream for itches, and painkillers are included in this, and that each person has their own kit with them. Travelling in groups also help since it ensures that someone is around to administer any first aid in case it is needed. However if you really want to avoid getting hurt then you can always pick a safe trail or one which is below your physical capabilities. You can also look up the indigenous flora and fauna so that you know what should be avoided. Look at this post to find out more type of emergency device you will needed.

In Case You Get Exhausted

Getting exhausted during a hike is easily avoidable if you don’t overestimate your capabilities. If you’re new to the hiking game then it is best not to pick trails that are termed as ‘adventurous.’ Stick to the ones that are normally frequented by beginners and you’ll make sure that you won’t be falling dead on your feet by the end of the trip. You should also make sure that you pack lightly with only the bare essentials in your bag. However it is ill advised to compromise on the amount of water you take on the hike, since when it comes to water, the more you take the better.