Hiking safety tips
You are responsible for your own safety! Hiking areas have their own inherent risks and hikers assume complete responsibility for their own safety. Rescue is not a certainty!
- Stay on designated roads and trails, or in permitted areas.
- Hike with friends. It's more fun and you have someone to help you if you need it.
- Leave a copy of your itinerary with a responsible person.
- Allow for bad weather and the possibility you may be forced to spend a night outdoors unexpectedly.
- Pace yourself!
- Do your part by leaving the area better than you found it.
- Learn about pests such as deer ticks and poison ivy.
What to bring... a hiking checklist:
What you take will depend on where you are going and how long you plan to be away, but any backpack should include the following:
- Candle, firestarter, matches (waterproof or in sealed tin)
- Cell phone
- Clothing (always bring something warm, extra socks and rain gear)
- First aid kit
- Food (bring extra)
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Foil (to use as a cup or signaling device)
- Insect repellent
- Pocket knife
- Pocket mirror (to use as a signaling device)
- Prescription glasses (an extra pair)
- Prescription medications for ongoing medical conditions
- Radio with batteries
- Space blanket or a piece of plastic (to use for warmth or shelter)
- Trash bag (makes an adequate poncho)
- Water purification tablets
- Whistle (to scare off animals or to use as a signaling device)