There’s nothing quite like a good hike. It’s fun, and there are so many health benefits. But there are also some dangers and sometimes things can go wrong. Fortunately there are things you can do to help you stay safe on your hike.
- Hike during the day. Not only is it easier to get lost in the dark, and it can get really cold at night, but you’re also at risk from wild animals that creep out after dark. Set a turnaround time to ensure you finish hiking before the sun goes down.
- Pack for all weather and conditions as the weather can change throughout the day. Take extra care in the rain as trails can become slippery.
- Make sure your boots fit you comfortably, and you’ve had time to break them in to help prevent blisters.
- Pack more food and drink that you think you’ll need.
- Research your route before you set off, and make sure you have a map and detailed instructions to hand.
- Try to hike with a friend where possible, there’s safety in numbers after all.
Useful kit to help you stay safe on your hike:
- Blister treatment/plasters
- Suntan lotion/hat/sunglasses in hot weather
- Hand sanitiser/insect repellent
- A knife or multi-tool
- Phone (though do not rely on it as you may not always get signal)
Food and water are life's most basic necessities, and things that are all too easy to take for granted. When it’s time to get away from it all, it’s easy to overlook the most basic needs. But plan well and pack all the essentials and you can enjoy a fun and safe adventure at home or abroad.