To have an enjoyable hiking experience, you need to prepare adequately to ensure that you have all you need for your expedition before embarking on it. Furthermore, there are some precautionary measures that you can take to make sure that you are safe all through the hiking duration. It is advisable to hike in a group to make sure that you have somebody else to help you out in the case of any incident or accident. Hiking in groups assists in the passing of knowledge between members of the group.
When you hike in groups, there is the distribution of typical group gear loads; hence you will not be tired from the overloads. Group hiking allows you to meet new people or deepen your relations, and in the case of injuries, you are assisted accordingly. Drink enough water to stay hydrated all through the day and have small snacks often to keep your energy levels up for an enjoyable hiking experience.
Carry some surplus food ready for any emergency cases and leave no traces in your trails to maintain the natural feeling for other hikers in the future. For safety purposes, leave your hiking plan with someone at home, and if you get off the trail, you can contact them for guidance promptly. Plan a hike suitable for all members of your group and let the slowest member be the pacesetter. Make sure that your pack is well organized for easy and quick access to any items you need.
Avoid sunburns, carry sunscreen creams and a functional hat, and repackage to reduce weight in your backpack. Before starting a long hike, it is a good idea to lose some of your body weight for more effortless movement. Carry and use rain gear in case it rains while you are on your hike. Make use of trekking poles to keep your hands elevated a bit to avert any chances of swelling while hiking.
Always make sure that you have a backup plan in case you are lost during your hiking expedition. There is nobody who plans to get lost, but it happens in some cases. Avoid taking shortcuts and bushwhacking to reduce the chances of getting lost. Additionally, as you move along, pay attention to trailblazers and landmarks and avoid climbing on waterfalls. In cases of bad weather, it is highly advisable to turn back right away to minimize instances of accidents and other undesirable incidents.
Always dress in layers and avoid cotton clothes. Choose the fabrics that easily and quickly wick moisture, dry quickly in case they are wet and conserve heat during cold weather conditions. If you are rained on, strive to get warm and dry quickly to avoid hypothermia. Carry a whistle that can be heard from long distances for use in case you become lost. It is universally understood that three short blasts are a sign of distress.
Always wear bright colours so that in case you are lost the search party can easily find you. Each hiker in your group must have a whistle, a small flashlight with extra batteries, water, energy food, a trash bag, a brightly coloured bandana, and a first aid kit. In case you are lost, don’t wander any further; instead, you should make a shelter to keep you warm and dry.
Make sure that you are visible and heard. In the case of an air search and rescue, get to open spaces and lay flat on the ground so that you may appear more prominent for the searchers in the air to locate you quickly. If you have children hiking, make sure that you teach them the simple strategies to use if they get lost. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Thus, be adequately prepared for your hiking expedition to enable you to have a good time while keeping safe all through the journey.