What You Need to Know
Recommended Equipment List for Hiking Trips:
- Map of the area you plan to hike
- Water (if using energy drinks such as Gatorade, bring an equal amount of water)
- High-energy food such as power bars, candy bars, or granola
- Waterproof matches
- Candle/fire starter
- Small flashlight with extra bulb/batteries
- First aid kit
- Lightweight plastic tarp or emergency blanket
- Nylon cord
- Gloves, hat, gaiters, and extra clothing
- Bug repellant and/or headnet
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip balm
- Camera and film / fresh batteries
- Bring the equipment noted on the checklist (see above).
- Do not hike alone.
- Tell someone where you plan to go, when you expect to return, and stick to the plan.
- Undertake pre-season conditioning and training.
- Take a map and compass class to learn how to use them. Your life may depend on it.
- Warm up and stretch before the day's hike.
- Novice hikers should hike with experienced hikers to learn the skills necessary to have a safe and enjoyable outing.
- Stay tuned to local weather forecasts. Take them into consideration, along with your skill level, before hiking. Plan your trip according to the weakest hiker's ability.
- Seek professional advice when choosing equipment to suit your hike, skill level and size.
- Keep equipment in good working order.
- Wear suitable clothing to protect against variable weather conditions. Conditions at higher elevations may be dramatically different from where you begin your hike..
- Eyewear that gives ultra-violet protection and a sunscreen with a high SPF should be worn, even on cloudy days.
- Keep an eye out for hazards such as loose rocks and gravel, branches, and slippery rocks at streams.
- Adequate rest, nutrition and energy replenishment will both enhance performance and reduce the likelihood of injury.
- Alcohol can negatively affect your overall performance and can be a contributing factor to injuries.