Hiking Safety Tips

Dr. Tyler Buckley

January 23, 2023

Dr. Tyler Buckley

You should follow several safety tips before going on your next hike. These include preparing for inclement weather, avoiding denim, leaving no trace, and more.

Prepare for inclement weather

It would be best to prepare for bad weather by hiking in the wilderness. Not only does bad weather prevent you from exploring your destination, but it can also keep you from enjoying the splendor of the outdoors. Getting prepared will also help you avoid being stranded if an erupting volcano or hurricane decides to show up.

Inclement weather can be anything from a flurry of rain to flash floods. This can cause severe damage or even death. Make sure you have the right equipment and the knowledge to deal with the situation should it arise.

One of the most effective ways to prepare for inclement weather is to keep your eye on the sky. Watch for a darkening sky or at least an increase in the number of clouds. These are signs that it is time to make a move.

Bring a first-aid kit

If you plan to go on a hiking expedition, you must have a first-aid kit. This will help you to deal with minor injuries such as cuts and bruises. It can also help you prevent infections. However, you may need to visit the hospital if you suffer from severe wounds.

You can buy a ready-made kit or create your own. Doing so allows you to customize your hiking first aid kit and ensures that it will meet your specific needs.

A good first-aid kit should include bandages, antiseptic ointment, and disinfectant. Bandages are essential because they can help cover up cuts and splinters. They can also help prevent blisters from forming.

A good first-aid kit should also include prescription medicines. This way, you can ensure that you have the proper medication at the correct dosage.

Leave no trace principles

Leave No Trace (LNT) is a set of principles developed to reduce visitors’ impact on the environment. They are designed to help preserve the natural beauty of wilderness areas. However, the principles can be used on a variety of outdoor adventures.

The LNT center teaches people to be aware of the surrounding environment and what they can do to reduce their impacts. This includes knowing what kinds of trails are available and what types of conditions the backcountry might experience.

It is also essential to plan. By doing so, you can minimize your impact and comply with any local regulations. Additionally, you will be able to avoid unexpected situations.

One example is using biodegradable hygiene products. These items are safer for wildlife and less likely to harm local water sources.

Avoid denim

If you are planning to go hiking, you should avoid wearing jeans. They can cause several issues, including blisters and hypothermia.

Jeans are made from cotton, a porous fabric that absorbs water. It can also be slow to dry. That means you can stay wet for hours when you hike in jeans. The longer you are wet, the more you lose heat. And in cold temperatures, staying wet can even lead to hypothermia.

Another issue is that jeans can cause chafing. Chafing is caused by an extended period of exposure to an abrasive environment. Wearing breathable underwear can help prevent chafing.

Jeans are also bulky. In addition, they are often made with heavy seams. Heavy seams can make the jeans irritate your skin.

There is a new generation of hikers who will not wear jeans. These hikers will be more comfortable in lightweight, synthetic pants and socks.

Avoid nasty encounters on the mountain

It’s a fact that wildlife can be a real nuisance when you’re out in the wild. Not to mention all the stuff that falls off trees when you’re not paying attention. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to ensure your outdoor excursions are as hassle-free as possible. For instance, keeping your food at the right temperature is critical, and if you’re bringing pets along, be sure they have their food bowl or litter box. Lastly, be aware that some creatures will do anything for food, including trying to eat you, so be prepared. As such, it’s a good idea to have a designated shady area in your pack where you can hide if need be. And, if you plan on hiking in the woods, wear a sturdy pair of hiking boots with grippy tread.