Warm spring weather is upon us, which means it’s time to lace up those hiking boots and hit our favorite trails around the Suwannee River. However, even the most experienced hiker can have mishaps without adequate preparation. Stay safe on the trail this spring and summer with these helpful hiking tips:
Make a gear list.
Before heading out, make a list of all the things you’ll need: water, food, rain gear, a compass and a map. Keep your list handy and check it every time you hike. Always bring more water than you think you’ll need.
Carry a map.
GPS signals can weak in some areas, and cell phones run out of battery. Make sure you have a physical map of the area where you’ll be hiking.
Avoid hiking at night.
It’s easier to lose your way in the dark and you may run the risk of encountering wild animals you’d rather avoid. Set a turnaround time in advance that gives you plenty of time to make it back to your starting point before dusk.
Go with a group.
In case of an emergency, you should always hike with at least one other person. This way, in case one person is injured or fatigued, there will always be someone nearby to help.
Inform someone of your plans.
Let someone at your camp know where you’re hiking, when you plan to be back and provide them with emergency numbers to call if you don’t return when anticipated.
Now that you know how to stay safe on the trail, it’s time to book a place to stay for your next camping trip at Suwannee River Rendezvous! Make your reservation online or give us a call today at (386) 294-2510 to learn more!