In order to ensure that you are prepared responsibly for a trip, you should have knowledge of the weather, area, limitations of your body, and some common sense to make sure that you will have a safe and enjoyable trip. The following are recommendations that we believe will lead to a successful and mishap-free trip:
Traveling with at least four people. You will want to make sure that in the event that there is an emergency, you will have two people who can go for help, and one person can stay with the person who is injured. Especially if the location is isolated, having at least four people is very necessary.
Learning the basics of first aid. The most important symptoms to identify include heat exhaustion, hypothermia, dehydration, and heat exhaustion. Carrying a first aid kit with you at all times is beneficial as well.
Setting a comfortable pace while hiking. The rule of thumb is to design a group trip so that it is comfortable for the weakest member of the group; others can go ahead if they wish. It is also important to practice any skills that ahead that may be necessary, such as reading a compass or give first aid. If your trip requires you to be in good physical condition, we recommend preparing ahead of time to ensure that you are in healthy shape.
Wearing appropriate clothing. It is important to remember that even though it might be warm and humid outside, there are many possibilities that a tick could fall on you. Be sure to wear light clothing that covers as much on your body as possible.
Traveling only during daylight. It is possible that traveling in the darkness can cause a fall, so it is important to only travel during daylight. If it is necessary for you to leave the camp site after darkness, be sure to bring a good flashlight and travel with another person.
In order to be prepared for potential weather changes or minor injuries, the following items will help to ensure that you remain safe:
- Warm clothing (extra socks, rain gear, etc.)
- Extra food
- Bug spray
- Plenty of water
- Trash bags
- Extra pair of prescription glasses (if necessary)
- Radio with batteries
At Cochrane & Porter, we also like hiking. If there are any safety tips that we have missed, comment below. Or, tell us about your favorite places to go hiking!
Remember to be prepared and always use your best judgment. Safe hiking!