Hiking and trailing in new hiking trails feels good, but this excitement should never compromise your safety.
Inform Someone of Your Journey
Regardless of the length or the type of hike, tell someone that you’ll not be around and they should expect you after a specific period. Always talk to them about your progress and any possible challenges. They will search for you in case they don’t hear from you.
Bring a Map
This is perhaps the most important safety tip when exploring new trails. Don’t rely on GPS technology there might be no network deep in forest, when it’s snowing, high in the mountains, and in the deserts. Learn to use the map beforehand.
Research and Know the Area
If you’re unfamiliar with the area you’re exploring, check with the responsible authorities for safety precautions. Crucial information you should be looking for before you lace up your boots include:
- Wild animals
- Poisonous plants
- Past history
- And other hiking alerts
Bring a First Aid Kit
No matter how strong or healthy you’re, it’s important that you carry a first aid kit to help with wounds, cuts, pain, and allergic reactions.