7 tips for safe summer hiking

By Thursday, January 22, 2015 0 , , , , Permalink 4

Because no one likes dehydration and sunburn.

1. Bring a lot of water
First, and most importantly: water. Bring more than you think you need. If your Camelbak only holds 3L, bring extra bottles and stuff them into your backpack. Find out whether there will be opportunities to refill water along your hike, but still have a contingency plan. If the weight of the water is too heavy for you, plan a shorter hike instead.ID-100230208

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2. Freeze water bottles
The night before your hike, throw a couple of water bottles into the freezer. Apart from being a refreshing, cool drink, they will help keep your lunch and snacks cool in your bag.


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3. Carry electrolytes
You can buy sports drinks or coconut water, but I also recommend electrolyte tablets. Pop a couple into your water bottles each time you refill for a cheaper and effective way of replenishing what you’ve no doubt sweated out. If you do have chances to refill, this beats carrying extra liquid weight.


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4. Check fire alerts
Depending on where you live, bushfires / wildfires can be a real threat. Always check the weather warnings for the day and be aware of any fires that have already sparked. Even if they appear far away, we all know how rapidly they can travel across a state on those windy days.

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5. Be sun smart
This surely has been drilled into you since young. Sunscreen (remember to reapply), broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses (preferably polarised), and clothing coverage. Rest in shaded areas.

6. Over prepare with clothes
It might seem crazy to bring a rain jacket or a base layer on hot days, but you never know what might happen. If you were injured or lost and stranded overnight, would you be safe? Carrying a couple of extra pieces is not excessive and may make a huge difference in tricky situations.

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7. Watch out for snakes and insects
Again, this will depend on where you live. Just be aware of any extra threats from the animal kingdom that summer may pose. For us, we need to be mindful of snakes and bugs. This means paying extra attention to where you’re walking, having your first aid kit (as always), wearing bug repellent, and avoiding clothing colours that attract bugs like wasps, bees, or even blowflies.

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What do you think of our list? Do you have any tips of your own? Let us know in the comments below.

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