Camping & Survival

Hiking Survival

Hiking

Okay, the apocalypse finally came and you find yourself forced to hike up the hills in search of food, supplies, or whatever you don’t have access to in your immediate vicinity. How do you do this safely? Assuming there aren’t hordes of zombies or communist troops patrolling the wild, then following a few simple hiking tips will help keep you and your party safe in a potentially dangerous situation. It may seem obvious to those of us who are sitting at our computers, but bringing plenty of water is one of the most common things that people fail to do in hiking excursions. Always bring more water than you think you might need. Backpack-style hydration packs are very good for bringing water for a day trip. Make sure you get one that can hold enough water for the day, and fill the external pouches with more bottles of water. Staying hydrated while hiking will help you avoid confusion, discomfort, thirst, and even death.

Food is also important. When you properly fuel your body, you can do things that you would otherwise not be able to do. Choose foods that are high in energy supplements, protein and carbohydrates, these will help you get through the day without feeling exhausted.

Don’t drink from streams of lakes. You have no idea what horrible kinds of bacteria and microorganisms are lurking in the waters. If you absolutely have to drink from these sources, try to boil the water first, or send it through a high-quality water filter. If you are stuck in the wilderness and get sick from drinking contaminated water, you could potentially vomit up all your body’s water reserves, and die of dehydration.

Avoid sleeping in and hiking late in the day. If you hike early in the morning, when it is cooler, you will sweat less, use less water, and be able to hike further, thus increasing your chances of finding whatever it was you were looking for on your journey.

Hiking and Camping Gear Tips
Be the Guy that is Prepared for Anything

Watch out for local wildlife. Many of us who grew up near the woods, or out in the country, have experienced a close encounter with dangerous wildlife. Snakes, bears, and even poisonous insects are all potentially hazards when hiking through North America.

Ask that guy who cut off his own arm, hiking alone is a bad idea. When you slip and fall, or get wedged between some rocks, it would be nice to have someone there to go get help. Another hiker is also good to have around to keep an eye out for wildlife, carry supplies, or just to chat with if you get bored. Remember, if you encounter a charging bear, you only have to outrun one person. HA! Bring a communications device with you. If the apocalypse hasn’t yet graced us with it’s presence, then bring a cell phone with you. A radio or other communications device is crucial in case you are lost or stranded. Other than water, this is the most important thing you can bring with you.

Another safety measure you can easily do is simply tell people that you are going hiking. Take the time to inform them of your approximate location. Let them know when you are expecting to return. This will tip off your friends much earlier should something happen to you while in the wilderness.

Bring a small, lightweight first aid kit with you. These vary in size and price, but be sure to include bandages, isopropyl alcohol, sun block, and a survival blanket to help treat for shock. A small amount of medical supplies can go a long way in a dangerous situation.

Following these simple safety precautions will greatly reduce the risk you take when hiking in the woods. A clear head full of safety knowledge will help you survive in a tense situation, and the more you train for the worst, you can help make the best of any situation.

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