It is very easy to
let your ego and pride take over when trudging out on your next big hike. However, a smart tent camper would
follow a few basic safety tips to ensure his/her safety. Here, is our list of suggestions:
1. Always bring enough water.
You never know when you might get stranded somewhere.
2. Avoid going alone. By
hiking alone, you put yourself at risk if you happen to hurt yourself with a serious fall or
injury. By having a friend with you, he can go for help or help
carry you back to the campsite.
3. Bring a map and compass and remember your landmarks. It is a good idea to be overly prepared by knowing a little bit about the area
you are camping. The knowledge of a few basic landmarks can help
you set your coordinates and know when you have gone of course.
4. Be conspicuous if hunters are around. Make sure they know that you are out there and make extra noise when you
believe they are nearby so they know where you are.
5. Have a prearranged safety plan with people back at camp. For instance, if you are not back by nightfall, they should do x,y, and
6. Children under 7 should really be watched closely on
hikes. Their developing bodies are not quite ready for the
rugged terrain of a lot of hiking areas. Do yourself a favor and
either have someone watch them at the campsite or keep them on a real short leash (metaphorically
7. Slowly back away from potentially dangerous wildlife. If you happen to run into some threatening wildlife like a wild dog, bear, or
cougar, slowly back away from it. Odds are they will be just as
surprised to see you as you are them and your slow retreat will not be taken as a threat. Avoid running as this my cause some animals to attack based on their animal
instincts chasing animals of prey.
Equipped with this
hiking safety tips, you should be able to go on the next hike with the comfort of knowing you are prepared for
the worst but looking forward to the best.