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TOP 6 SURVIVAL TIPS FOR HIKERS
If you are passionate about outdoor activities like hiking and planning on one, there is nothing better than that. It is an ultimately amazing way to strengthen your muscles, push your limits, and breathe in the fresh air of the natural world. However, keep in mind that just like any other outdoor sport, hiking brings some dangers with itself that you need to be aware of, such as rough weather, poisonous snakes and plants, wild animals etc. Therefore, if you are planning a hiking trip, you need to learn how to make it a safe one before you blindly head out for it.
Here are a few safety tips following which you can make it home safely after a great hiking experience:
2. Inform Your Family About the Exact Location:
Make sure some of your family members or friends know exactly where you are going to hike and when you are going to be home. Therefore, planning the whole trip in advance is recommended to avoid any mishaps.
3. Don’t Panic on Getting Lost:
You must have your nerves under control in case of feeling or actually getting lost. It is recommended to pause and not go further if you are lost, so that you do not get too out of reach for those who come in search for you. Therefore, stay right where you are, set a camp, and light some signal flames in case you feel like you are deviated from the route. Moreover, to avoid such a situation, keep a map and learn exactly how to read it.
4. First Aid Essentials:
Keeping the first aid essentials with you can help you aid any minor injuries instantly. Never forget your bug spray when you are heading for an outdoor activity.
If one of the members of the hiking group is on medication, it is better to keep some extra medication in case you get lost so the person does not have to miss their regular dose. Being prepared for everything in advance is the key to survival.
5. Stay Hydrated:
Make sure you have at least one liter water available for every two hours on the hike. Keeping yourself hydrated is necessary, especially if the trail is too inclined and needs a lot of force to push yourself up or you are overweight. It is also recommended to carry something to treat the water. You must also be aware of the possible water sources around your hiking location.
6. Pick the Location Prudently:
It is not necessary to make your hiking experience a test of your skills to survive in a desert. Analyse yourself as a hiker and your strength before you a pick your hiking trail. After all, hiking is about cherishing the natural beauty and strengthening your physical and mental capacity.
Shawn Michaels is a blogger who loves to write about his outdoor experiences. He is also a passionate rock climber and loves travelling. He is currently studying and spends his free time reading reviews and gear shopping! He regularly blogs at Thesmartlad.com. Check out the three top-rated climbing sticks that can be a life-saver for the outdoor sport enthusiasts.
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV