So you just want to go for a short hike in the woods and really do not expect to be gone long at all.
Well unless you only go about 100 yards from your car or house or whatever your home base happens to be, you should consider these 3 tips as important for your hiking survival.
The proper outdoor clothing is a must.
Do not just start out walking in shorts and a shirt. Be sure the clothes you wear when you hike are of course comfortable but will protect you from the elements.
Proper footwear is of utmost importance. If you are a regular hiker then you are well aware of this. If you are a novice, then check with someone whose knows about hiking gear and follow their advice.
You will want to know how to get back home.
Of course no one starts out on a hike with the intention of getting lost, but getting lost can happen just by taking the wrong trail or making a wrong turn.
Be sure to take along a compass or map or even a GPS device. Just because you think you know where you are does not mean that you are where you suppose.
It is better to be safe than sorry.
Better take along a survival knife.
Most people that spend a lot of time trekking about usually have their “survival kit” of items they keep close by or with them at all times.
One of these items is most likely some sort of survival knife or Swiss army type knife. These types of knives are multi-functional and have many blades and features that come in handy in any situation.
Something like this would be good to have whether or not you are into hiking.
Of course there are many more items that should be at your disposal when you’re hiking trails and woods. This article is just to get you thinking about taking precautions even when you are only considering a leisurely hike.
Be smart and plan out your route and take along the necessary tools in case the unexpected happens.