Hiking Safety Tips

August 28, 2014

Day Hiking Safety Tips

Day hiking is a popular and healthy activity enjoyed by many. Avoid the possible pitfalls of injury and getting lost by planning ahead and being prepared.
Before Your Trip

  • Never hike alone
  • Dress in weather-appropriate layers
  • Study a map of the area including road routes and water sources
  • Choose trails appropriate for your fitness level
  • Plan how long the hike will take – leave plenty of time between when you anticipate the hike finishing and sunset
  • Share your planned destination and return time with a friend or relative
  • Pack a backpack with the following essentials:
  • energy snacks, fresh water, water purifying tablets
  • first-aid kit, bug spray, sunscreen
  • flashlight with fresh batteries, compass, trail map, rain gear, a fully charged cell phone
  • tarp, twine, jackknife (to make a shelter if needed)

During Your Trip

  • Take regular water and food breaks
  • Rest periodically – accidents are more likely to happen when fatigued
  • Stay on marked trails
  • Take your time on slippery or steep terrain
  • Keep a safe distance away from any wild animals encountered
  • Avoid contact with poisonous plants

After Your Trip

  • Inform the contact person you chose prior to your hike that you have returned
  • Check for ticks
  • Take a hot shower for tired muscles
  • Recharge with a meal and plenty of rest
  • Continue to drink water to rehydrate
father and daughter hugging
The overall care I received was excellent! I also appreciate your affiliation with Yale New Haven Hospital.
Derby, CT
  • 5.0
  • 4.6