What you Need to Know to Stay Safe when Hiking and Camping


There are many factors to keep in mind regarding your safety and survival when outdoors. Your best defense is to be prepared by knowing the potential dangers. The old saying "prevention is the best medicine" holds true. This is especially important when hiking solo.

Staying Safe Around Wild Animals

Wild animals are unpredictable but most of the time they are more afraid of you than you are of them. It is important to know how to safely handle yourself when encountering wild animals while hiking or backpacking.

Recognize Poisonous Plants:

Learn Wilderness Survival Techniques ...Just in Case

wilderness survival safetyWilderness Survival Priorities
To stay safe in a survival situation you will need to prioritize your actions.

The Psychology of Survival
Discusses the mental aspects of survival.

Protect Yourself from the Elements

  • Prevent sunburn with clothing or sunscreen.

  • Recognize the signs of hypothermia, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

  • Take shelter when lightning is threatening.

  • Select campsites that are safe.

  • Aclimate to prevent altitude sickness in the mountains.

  • Learn the proper way to safely navigate river crossings.

Practice good Sanitation and Hygiene procedures

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Learn how to treat potential injuries

First Aid
  • Accidents happen. Learn general first aid methods.

  • Carry a fully stocked 1st Aid Kit.

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