Going out into the great outdoors is a fantastic way to feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the world. Going hiking, for instance, has proven benefits including improved self esteem, strengthened relationships, and a sense of self fulfillment. Hiking, with all its benefits, may also be dangerous. That’s why it’s important to follow strict hiking safety guidelines.

Staying safe

It can be hard to know what to bring on a hike. You’ll probably want to bring all the “essentials”. But what are “the essentials”? What is important to know/bring on any hike to ensure the highest level of hiking safety? Here are eight things you should know/bring to be the most safe on a hiking excursion:

  1. Water: Keeping yourself hydrated throughout the trip is one of the most important things you can do to keep yourself safe. Bring a large water bottle because you won’t be able to refill during your hike. 
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  2. A source of light: If you’re planning on going hiking in the afternoon, bring a flashlight or lamp just in case it gets dark earlier than expected. No one wants to be out in the woods alone in the dark. That’s a nightmare situation for sure.
  3. A map: In case you get lost, you really need to bring a map of the route you’re taking. Don’t rely on your smartphone. Old fashioned maps come in handy at all times.
  4. Tell someone you’re going on a hike and where: If something terrible happens, like if you get lost or injured, having someone who knows exactly where you’re going is super important. Then, they can send people to find and help you.
  5. Stay together: If you’re hiking with a group, don’t split up. People will naturally be faster or slower walkers, but it’s important to know where everyone is at all times.
  6. Check the weather: If it’s going to rain, bring a raincoat and be aware of hills that are prone to mudslides. Obviously, don’t go hiking when it’s dangerous to hike. Even if you think risking the weather is worth the rejuvenating hike, it’s really not.
  7. Eat something healthy before you go: Having the energy to take a hike is super important. Bring snacks with you, as well, in case you get hungry along the way.
  8. Bring a first aid kit: Just in case an accident happens, it’s important to bring a first aid kit. No one wants to hike with an injury. That’s a recipe for disaster and further injuries.

blueFire Wilderness brings clients on adventures

blueFire Wilderness, a wilderness therapy program for teens ages 11 to 17, brings clients struggling with emotional and behavioral issues into the great outdoors. Through experiential therapy, such as hiking, backpacking, and rock climbing, blueFire helps teens overcome their struggles. Utilizing top notch hiking safety, blueFire provides teens with a life changing experience.
For more information about blueFire Wilderness, please call 1-844-413-199.

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