Hit the Books Before You Hit the Trails

It’s summertime and that means many of us are getting outdoors. Camping and hiking are both popular outdoor activities, and they can be a ton of fun, if you are prepared.

If you are planning on spending some time in the great outdoors this summer, keep these tips in mind and make sure you are prepared!

  • Travel With a Companion—You don’t want to be by yourself in case of an emergency. Leave a copy of your itinerary with a responsible person. Include details such as the make, year, and license plate of your car, the equipment you’re bringing, the weather you’ve anticipated, and when you plan to return.
  • Be in Good Physical Condition—Set a comfortable pace as you hike. If you have any medical conditions, discuss your plans with your doctor and get approval before departing.
  • Wear Appropriate Clothing—Wear appropriate clothing, especially shoes, for the trail conditions and season. Dress in layers in cooler weather.
  • Check Your Equipment—Keep your equipment in good working order. Inspect it before your trip. Be sure to pack emergency signaling devices.
  • Be Weather Wise—Keep an eye on current and predicted weather conditions. The weather can change very quickly. Know the signs of approaching storms or changing weather conditions.
  • Learn Basic First Aid—Know how to identify and treat injuries and illnesses. Carry a first aid kit with you. Learn how to identify the symptoms of heat exhaustion, heatstroke, hypothermia, and dehydration, and know how to treat them.

Make being safe your #1 fun activity this Summer! Preparedness is key!

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