Six ways to have a safe summer hiking experience
Hiking is an incredible way to explore the great outdoors. But heading into remote areas carries some unique risks. Here are six ways to ensure your hiking experience is a safe one:
- Be prepared. Use this checklist to make sure you have the right gear and supplies before you start your hike.
- Closely monitor small children. You don’t want to lose track of your little one in a remote area. There are many options in wearable GPS devices that will help you find your child should he or she wander off. Be especially vigilant when hiking with small children near bodies of water. Here are some other suggestions for keeping a child safe and happy while hiking.
- Bring a compass. It’s easy to become disoriented. That’s why a compass can be a lifesaver!
- Don’t drink from streams or lakes. Bring plenty of your own water or a water filter so that you can always have an ample supply of fresh water. Avoid drinking from streams or lakes without using a quality filtering device. Parasites and amoebic infections can put a damper on your great-outdoors adventure.
- Pack flashlights. Make sure everyone has a flashlight with fresh batteries just in case you unexpectedly end up heading back at dusk or even in the dark.
- Have an action plan at the ready. In the event of an emergency, know the location of the nearest ranger facilities or other sources of assistance at all times.