Love to go on safe hiking trails? You can find excellent trails to explore at most campgrounds. Get those boots out of the closet, and let's go.
Check your map of the area to see where these trails are located. Get your backpack, fill it up and GO!
Get the perfect backpack for a morning on the trails or a day of walking on the trails.
You can include all your supplies packed up and stay for a while.
Did I really say backpack?
Yes, I did. You will need to carry some important stuff in there.
Let's make a list: map of the area, flashlight, gloves, spray repellant, first aid kit, wet wipes, bottled water, snack, rope and bright colored cloth strips for path marking.
Safe hiking trails can be a tedious trek for some people and having the basic essentials will help ease some strain.
If you are new to hiking as a hobby, take along a friend that knows the basics. They can teach you what to do and what to expect when you are by yourself the next time. Find you a stick to help support your walking and keep you in balance.
You may need a walking stick to help you up rocky terrain. You can find a good sturdy limb in the woods, or you can purchase one made specifically for climbing and walking. Keep in mind the ground is not even and may even be filled with holes or stones.
I saw the coolest hiking stick. A compass was mounted in the wooden knob to keep you oriented. There was also an internal, waterproof compartment under the knob for matches and other survival gear.
The tungsten tip would be ideal for softer terrain, while a rubber cap would provide sure grip on hard surfaces. It included a wrist lanyard, shoulder strap and a snow boot.
Things like that make hiking easier on your legs and feet.
It also helps keep your balance.
Most safe hiking trails and walking trails are uneven with rough terrain and you may have to climb hills and go through ditches. Make sure your boots are equipped to handle the type of terrain you are attempting to cross. Some watery lowlands may even be in your pathway.
Stay away from boggy land. This harbors leaches, mosquitoes, snakes and even poisonous water. If you stay on the safe hiking trails, you will not encounter that kind of hazard.
Be on the lookout for unusual trees, rocks, animals and maybe even wildflowers. Taking along a disposable camera will give proof of those "you'll never believe what I saw" stories.
Don't stay out after dusk. It is easy to lose your way in the dark. Use your flashlight when needed. If you do get lost, don't panic. Get out your map and retrace your steps. Look for those cloth strips you tied on tree limbs along the way.
Be sure to remove them as you come out so the next hiker won't get confused. He may have the same color strips! Try to remember land marks along the safe hiking trail. Stop along the way in every few hundred feet and look for something to identify where you are. NEVER get off the path. Stay on the camping trail designed for hiking and you won't get lost!
It is a good idea to take a walkie-talkie with you.
Leave the other one with a family member.
A cell phone (if you have coverage) is also a good idea.
You may want to pack some flares just in case you are really too deep in the woods to get out.
Make sure you tell someone where you are going and the direction of your camping hike.
Be extra careful and have fun!!