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6 Things You Should Take With You on the Trails

Taking a long afternoon hike on the trails can be an excellent way to enjoy our country’s natural landscape while getting in some exercise. Although many trails are well maintained, it’s not always guaranteed, and it doesn’t mean that hazards don’t exist. It can also be incredibly easy to get lost or lose track of time if you’re not careful.  To ensure you’re well prepared for any situation that could happen, here are six key things you should bring on any trip on the trails in order to stay safe.

Navigational Gear

Whenever you plan to head out on the trails, it’s important to pack some sort of device that can be used if you get lost, like a trail map, GPS, or compass. These navigational devices will not only tell you where you are but also how much further you need to travel to get to a main road or campground.

Sun Protection

It’s important to protect your skin when you’re out hiking. A severe sunburn and heat stroke can leave you dizzy, disoriented and weak. That’s why it’s necessary to wear protective sunscreen, layer up with clothing, drink lots of water, and take plenty of breaks in the shade.

Flashlight

Don’t forget to pack a flashlight with extra batteries in case you end up out on the trails longer then you plan. A flashlight will help you to read your map in the dark, avoid any hard-to-see hazards, and signal for help.

First Aid Kit

The one thing that’s an absolute necessity on any trip on the trails is a First Aid kit. Whether you create your own or buy one, your kit should contain a good assortment of supplies and tools like antihistamine and antiseptic.

Spare Food and Water

Always carry more food and water than you think you need. Even mild dehydration can impact your concentration enough to make poor decisions.

The Appropriate Clothing

Dressing in layers will help you be ready for anything. Wearing breathable, comfortable, and lightweight materials will ensure you can adapt to any weather conditions if they arise. You’re also likely to encounter different types of terrain, slippery areas, and uneven surfaces, so it’s important to have boots with good grip and adequate support for your ankles.

Even if you follow all the necessary precautions, you can’t always be prepared for everything that can happen out on the trails. If you experience an accident that’s the fault of someone else or the conservation authority, it’s important to contact us at Zuber Brioux right away. Our attorneys at law can help ensure you get the compensation and justice you deserve.