Author: Danila Caputo
Dany may have been born in Italy but she was raised by the world. Having grown up in a travel loving household, Dany has lived and learn through traveling around the world.
We all know the health benefits of hiking, but what about during the hot summer months when the temperatures are scorching? Although it should not deter you from spending time in the great wide open, you should follow a few safety tips. If you are looking to go hiking this summer here are 3 safety tips. Climb your mountains and take in the gorgeous views knowing you got there safe and sound.
#1 Never go hiking without a backpack
Always make sure you bring a backpack with you. Even if you think it’ll only be a hindrance, you need it to carry around at the very minimum one bottle of water, a hat and sunscreen. This is the most important thing to remember when hiking in the summer.
Keep hydrated throughout the hike: you might not feel thirsty, but remember to drink at least every half an hour. Little by little, because you don’t want your stomach to bother you, but don’t forget. Sunstrokes are subtle and you might not notice anything at first.
#2 Inform someone of your hiking path
Before you start your hike in summer, inform someone you trust of your scheduled path and call them as soon as you’re back to your car. I always do this (especially when I’m hiking abroad): it is important that someone notices if you are missing. A good idea would be to let the rangers know where you’re going if you are hiking in a National Park.
As I already mentioned, sunstrokes are one of the biggest dangers (what if you feel sick and nobody knows where you are?), but not the only one. You wouldn’t guess how many hikers get lost in National Parks every year and when it’s a hot Summer, having someone looking for you as soon as possible can be a matter of life or death.
#3 Invest in good hiking boots
Having a good pair of hiking boots is a must. Especially if you are a frequent hiker. Going out there in the wilderness in a pair of flip flops isn’t a smart move. At all! I was quite confused when I first went to buy a pair for myself. There were so many, for different terrains and uses.
The clerk helped me to understand what I needed asking me simple questions that you should also ask yourself. Where do you hike the most? How is the terrain? What season will you use your boots? Do you hike where it rains a lot?
I ended up buying a sturdy pair that I fell in love with (I still have them!) for mid terrain, lightweight, that protect the ankle and are also waterproof up to 4 hours. They were with me in Krakow as I was walking in the snow and my feet stayed warm, comfortable and didn’t get wet.
Honestly, they did more than what I gave them credit for!
Of course you might think that a pair of good hiking boots are expensive, and it’s true to an extent, but they will last you for years if you take good care of them and it’s a very important investment if you want to hike safely!
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