If you’re a new to hiking, it’s not advisable to go on a hike alone. It’s better to gain experience and familiarize yourself on a trail before tackling it by yourself. When you’re ready, safety should be your number one priority. Preparation is always key and it’s also crucial to learn what you need to do in case of emergencies like getting lost or being injured.
Here are some important solo hiking tips on how to stay safe on the trail during a day hike:
Before your trip, you should feel confident about taking on the trails and paths you’re about to face, as different trails have different levels of difficulty. This means you should be in shape physically and you’re equipped with the right clothing and gear to avoid possible injuries and mishaps.
It’s also ideal that you do research about the trail you’re about to take on, even if you’ve hiked it once or twice before. Know where to get help, if there are any wildlife in the area or if there are any bodies of water you have to cross. Also familiarize yourself to the trail markers. Knowing these things will help you get prepared better and safer on the trail.
Share your hike plan with someone
Make it a point to know what time the sunset will be that day so you can plan your hike accordingly (you should be back before dark) and know how long your hike would take. Let someone responsible know your plan – what trail you’re hiking and what time you’ll be back. This will serve very useful in case you get lost.
The heavier your pack is, the slower you’ll be. Make it a point to bring only the essentials like sufficient food and water, a change of clothes, first aid kit and navigation tools.
Stay on the trail
Take the time to take in the beauty around you but always stay on trail. You might be tempted to check out that waterfall nearby but it’s crucial to follow your plan and stay on schedule to avoid problems. Also observe how busy the trail is. If you encounter hikers every 5 minutes or so, then you won’t have any problems with getting help in case of emergencies.
Always stay safe on the trail whether it’s a day hike or a longer trip. Follow these essential hiking tips!