Have you found yourself feeling grumpy, stressed, or burnt out lately? Well, just for your luck, a hike in the great outdoors is just what the doctor ordered.
Baron Insurance wants you to get in touch with Mother Nature this month and go on a walk in the woods. This article is focusing more on little day trips, less intensive hikes. Regardless of distance, the best tip is to have fun and stay safe on your hikes. Here are a few tips that will help your adventure in the woods go smoothly.
Check the weather:
It is very important to research what kind of weather to expect during your hike so that you can prepare and change your plans if needed. Check the weather forecast or consult with a park ranger prior to embarking on your trip. If any sort of storm is expected, play it safe and reschedule for another day.
When you are planning a day hike you should always bring a small back pack with some very essential items.
- A map, GPS, or compass
- Sun protection including a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
- Extra clothing- making sure you pack an extra layer of non-cotton clothing, just in case the weather changes.
- Flashlight or headlamp, and double check the batteries are fully charged
- First Aid Kit- Anything can happen while you are hiking, make sure you have a fully stocked first aid kit.
- Matches or a lighter- something to make a fire with
- Food- always pack extra! Even if you are going for a small hike, you never know what could happen. Trail mix and energy bars are perfect.
- Water- obviously the amount of water you require will vary with the length of hike you are planning. But remember to always pack extra.
Dress for success in light layers. Wool, fleece, and microfiber are great materials to help you feel warm and dry. On hikes in the cooler weather, remember to wear a hat to retain warmth. Avoid cotton clothing as it takes a long time to dry and keeps you cold when it is wet. Remember to wear lots of light layers so you can take off some if you get warm.
When you are hiking it is very important to pay close attention to your body and your surroundings. If you’re feeling tired remember to take a break and have a snack. Be sure to drink lots of water. If your feet begin to feel sore, take a minute to change your socks or put on a bandage. Keep an eye on the position of the sun so that you make it back before it is dark.
Have a Hiking Buddy:
It is always good to travel with another person for safety. However, if you are going hiking alone, be sure to inform your friends and family about your itinerary. Make sure to check in with someone before heading into the woods.
Respect The Environment:
- Don’t touch, pick up, or eat any plants, animals, flowers, or fruit.
- Use only designated fire pits and clear away any flammable foliage before starting your fire.
- Always carry out what you have carried in- including garbage!
- Stick to the designated trail.
- Respect other hikers.
Remember to be prepared for hikes! Take all necessary precautions before heading out, like checking the weather, packing essentials, and dressing smart! During your hike, pay close attention to your surroundings, have a hiking buddy, and remember to respect the environment.
Us here at Baron Insurance, want you to have a great August exploring all the hiking trails located in the Okanagan. But be sure to take special note of these important hiking trip tips!