If you’re looking to have a great time in the outdoors, a hiking expedition may be just what you need. Of course, there are some precautions you will want to take to ensure that your hiking adventure isn’t just successful and fun, but also as safe as possible. This article will discuss the various pieces of hiking gear, attire, food, and so forth you will want to make sure you take along for your hike. Just as importantly, we will be covering the steps you must take before you ever step foot outside your front door, to ensure you have the best possible chance of survival should something go wrong.
The very first things you must consider are the actual terrain where you will be going, the predicted weather patterns, and the anticipated duration of your hike. If you are able to scout the area out beforehand, that would be ideal. In any case, you want to know as much about your destination as humanly possible. Do an internet search, pick up some books, and talk to other hikers who may be more familiar with the area than you are.
The more you know about the spot where you will be hiking, the better. This isn’t only limited to the landscape and potential weather hazards you may face, but also to the native wildlife. If there are rattlesnakes or black bears in the area, for example, then you will want to take the appropriate precautions to ensure that you are equipped to effectively deal with a confrontation, should one arise. This may mean some anti-venom, or maybe even a firearm with which to protect yourself.
You must equip yourself with enough quality gear that you can survive for a long time should the situation go sour on you. This includes camping gear, matches and/or a lighter, a flashlight, a sharp knife, and a cell phone. This last item of gear is essential. Even if you’re unable to call out, you still may be able to be tracked. They even sell battery-powered portable cell phone chargers that you may really want to consider picking up.
Speaking of communication, here is the number one thing you want to pay attention to above and beyond everything else we’ve discussed. Did you see the movie 127 Hours? It was based on the true story of a man who got his arm pinned by a boulder on a camping trip and was unable to move for five days. The kicker? He never told a single soul where he was going! You have got to communicate as specifically as possible where it is you are going, the route you are taking, and how long you plan to be. This one action alone may very well save your life!