If you enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking and camping are probably some of your favorite summer activities. Before you set out on an adventure, review these safety tips and pack essential supplies.
Let Someone Know Where You’re Going
Make sure that someone at home or at camp knows where you’re planning to go and approximately when you should be back. If you don’t return on time, that person can look for you and/or alert the authorities. If you get injured or lost, having people start searching for you within a relatively short amount of time might mean the difference between life and death.
Stay on Trails and in Safe Areas
When you go hiking, stick to trails that are well traveled and clearly marked. If you venture off the beaten path, you can get lost, get injured on dangerous terrain, or encounter wild animals.
At a campground, stay in areas where people are permitted to go. If you see a sign telling you to stay out of the water or to avoid a particular area, heed the warning.
When you’re out in the woods, travel with at least one other individual. You’ll be able to keep an eye out for each other and help if someone gets injured or dehydrated or experiences another type of emergency.
Be on the Lookout for Wildlife
You might encounter a wide range of animals. Some of them, such as bears, snakes, and insects, can cause serious injuries and/or spread disease.
Before you set out on your hiking or camping trip, familiarize yourself with the types of animals that are commonly found in the area. Avoiding wildlife is generally your best course of action, but that’s not always possible.
If you see an animal, the way that you respond can influence its reaction. Some animals perceive eye contact or certain types of movement as signs of aggression and are likely to attack. Learn what you should and shouldn’t do if you encounter different species.
Pack Food, Water, and Other Essential Supplies
When you venture into the woods for a hiking or camping trip, bring plenty of nonperishable food and bottled water. Pack more than you think you will need in case you get lost or injured and you have to spend more time than anticipated out in the woods. Take a paper map and compass so you can navigate without relying on a cellphone. You should also take along a first aid kit stocked with bandages, antibiotic ointment, insect repellent, and other supplies that you can use to treat or prevent problems. 1st Aid Supplies offers first aid kits that contain these items and a lot more. Some of our kits can easily fit in a backpack. Order a first aid kit for your hiking or camping trip today.