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Hiking Tips. Mom, Dad or another trusted adult will
always accompany you on your hike and they should
also help you to prepare:
It's essential to bring water along-especially in
warm weather- approximately 2 to 3 quarts per
When the sun is intense in spring and summer, sun
screen should be applied to your skin.
Wear proper shoes when hiking-never sandals,
which don't protect your feet.
Always check the weather forecast first so you won't
get caught in bad weather.
In addition to water, on longer hikes, one should also
pack something nutritious to eat such as fruit, a
sandwich, trail mix or granola bars. Avoid candy
and soda.
Dress cool in warm weather and dress warm in cool
weather. Wear several layers of clothing when it's
cold because your body temperature will rise from
your physical exertions. Layers can be removed or
put back on according to your comfort level.
Don`t pack things you don't really need. The extra
weight will make your walk more difficult.
Watch where you are going. Keep an eye out for tree
branches, spider webs or thorns along the trail.
Watch where you put your feet, too. A bad fall can
ruin a day of hiking.
Walk single file and keep to the trail, even if it's
muddy. Wandering off into the brush can expose a
person to chiggers, ticks or poisonous plants.
Check your feet and legs frequently for ticks and
remove them as quickly as possible.You may choose
to bring along insect spray.
Trail maps should be brought along if any are avail-
able. Many such maps can be obtained via the
internet. Keep track of where you are and watch for
signs or colored ribbons that may mark the trails.
Knowledge on the use of a compass is a plus.
Do you like to play
outdoors? How
about exploring
new places?
Sounds like fun,
doesn't it? Well,
the outdoors can
be a great place
to play, explore
and learn about.
However, basic
rules of safety and
respect for one's
surroundings need
to be observed. The
most important
rule is to never
venture out alone
or without adult
supervision. Always
let another person
know where you are
going in case of an
emergency. Here is
a set of guidelines
to insure that every
outing is a safe one
and that no harm
comes to people,
animals or the
natural world in
which we all live.
Leave No Trace
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Plan Ahead and Prepare: Know the regulations
and concerns for the area you'll visit. Know
where you are going and how to get home.Think
safety first and always travel with a trusted
adult. This is just as important in a local park
as in the wilderness. Always start your outing in
plenty of time to return before dark.
Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces: Stick
to trails and remember: good campsites are
found, not made. When possible, hike in small
groups. It reduces your impact on the trail.
Dispose of Waste Properly: Pack it in, pack it
out. Don't litter.
Leave What You Find: Leave rocks, plants, and
other natural objects as you find them. Don't
turn over rocks or logs. These may be some an-
imal or insect's home. Remember that trees and
plants are living things, too.
Minimize Campfire Impacts: Where fires are
permitted, use established fire rings. Use small
sticks lying on the ground for your fires and
leave the trees alone. Always make sure that
fires are out completely before leaving.
Respect Wildlife: Observe wildlife from a dis-
tance and never feed them.
Be Considerate of Other Visitors: Respect
other visitors and protect the quality of their
Here are the
7 principles of
Leave No Trace.
When in the wild,
they are good
rules to live by.