Essential Safety Tips for Your Hiking Trip

45547_534227163028_70700951_31660908_296216_n1-2Getting out in nature with a relaxing hike is a great way to reinvigorate your zest for life. It’s important to be prepared for anything, though. If you are planning to hike on your upcoming vacation, use these safety tips to avoid any unnecessary incidents.

Bring the Proper Equipment

You should definitely invest in a quality pair of hiking boots that protect your feet from sharp objects, slippery areas on the trail, and wetness that could lead to illness. It is also a good idea to bring someone else with you. Wear the proper clothing to reduce your risk for injury. Even if you hike in the summer, you should wear pants and a long-sleeved shirt for extra protection.

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings

Before you go out on your hike, check with the park service to see if there are any dangerous conditions of which you should be aware. When you start the hike, pay attention to where you are walking so you can avoid tripping, slipping, or falling. Use caution when walking past fallen trees or huge stumps.

Take Breaks When You Need Them

People who are suffering from fatigue are more likely to get injured while hiking. Do not push yourself too hard if you start to feel tired. You should constantly drink water to stay hydrated even if you do not necessarily feel thirsty. Bring some power bars or other snacks with you to keep your blood sugar levels up while you hike. Take a break when you need one and make sure that you always keep your body temperature up.

Maine’s Lake Parlin Lodge & Cabins is conveniently located near some great hiking trails where you can feel at one with nature. Between our comfortable lodging and close proximity to amazing outdoor activities like hiking and fishing, we make it easy to plan a vacation. Visit our website or call (207) 668-9060 to learn more about our lakefront vacation rentals.

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