Each trip is an adventure for a hiking enthusiast and following basic hiking safety rules will assure the trip can be enjoyed without injury or harm. Safety is more than just following through with the basic rules, it also involves wearing and bringing along necessary equipment. California Department of Parks and Recreation along with numerous hiking organizations offer safety tips for hikers, here are some of the basics:
- Always carry a map and compass and know how to use them.
- Stay on designated trails.
- Bring a pocket knife, a whistle, first aid kit and a flash light.
- Check the weather- bring sun protection, rain gear and extra layers.
- Pack extra food and water.
- Hiking with kids are a great way to introduce them to outdoors. Start with an easy short trail. Make it about the adventure and not the hike.
- Make sure you have the right shoes for the right occasion.
- Check the trails/parks websites for pet friendly rules and pack proper supplies for your canine friend. Does your pet have a proper ID tag?
- Let a family member know of your hiking plans and area.