If you want to go out and enjoy nature, go hiking or camping! Depending on where you go, you could see raging rivers, gorgeous landscapes, or peculiar rock formations. The best way to enjoy the outdoors is when you’re prepared. Here are some safety tips you should follow when you’re out enjoying what nature has to offer.

Stay Hydrated

Bring plenty of water. Drink water before, during, and after the hike, especially if you’re at a higher elevation or it’s extremely hot and dry. Do not drink any water you find while hiking. Chances are any river, lake, or waterfall you see is NOT safe to drink from.

Many campsites have a supply of potable water readily available. Make sure to check what amenities your campsite provides before you go.

Wear Appropriate Clothing

Don’t hike in flip-flops. While you don’t need to go buy an expensive pair of hiking boots, make sure that your shoes are comfortable to walk in for long distances and have enough traction to grip slippery surfaces. 

When it comes to clothing, wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move around in. If you’re expecting it to be hot and sunny, wear light clothing (preferably not cotton, as it traps in moisture) and a hat. Higher elevations make it easier to sunburn, so if you burn easily, don’t forget to apply and reapply sunscreen every few hours. 

Plan Ahead

Check your equipment before you go. There’s nothing worse than going camping only to discover that you have a gaping hole in your tent. Maintaining your camping gear will provide a safer camping experience. Temperatures have a tendency to drop dramatically at night, especially if you’re in the mountains, so having good equipment makes it easier to avoid hypothermia and other illnesses caused by low temperatures.

Bring a First-Aid Kit

Especially when hiking with small children, you are prone to get a few bumps and scrapes here and there. Other hiking hazards can include: bug bites, poison ivy, poison oak, water-borne illnesses, sharp rocks, confusing trails, and rough weather. Check here for a basic list of what should go in your first aid kit, but feel free to add other things you might need.

Stay Away from Wild Animals

Do not touch, feed, or antagonize wild animals. Make sure to put food in sealed containers, especially at night, where animals can’t get them. No matter how cute that squirrel on the tree trunk might be, remember that it will probably bite you if you get too close and may carry harmful diseases. In many state and national parks, it is illegal to disturb the wildlife.

If you get in an accident while on your way to a campsite or hiking trail, make sure to contact us for your free consultation today. We are here to help you get back on your feet for your next camping trip.