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Preparing for a Long Hike

With summer approaching more and more people are getting outdoors and enjoying the sunshine. Whatever your activity of choice may be it is important to be prepared if you are spending long days outside.

Going on long hikes with your family can be the most enjoyable time and give you amazing memories. If you are out and something happens however, and you are not prepared for it, it can be a long stressful day. When going for an all day hike through the woods, along trails, or even up a mountain, there are some things you should bring with you to ensure your adventure is a safe one.

Make sure you have plenty of water to last you at least a day, take extra just in case you are out longer than you anticipated. If you exert a lot of energy or if it’s hotter than you expected, you need to be drinking more water to keep you going. Taking some extra food or energy bars will also give you that extra little push and help increase your endurance.

Having proper communication devices is also crucial if you happen to go down the wrong path, someone gets hurt, or if it is getting dark and you are having trouble finding your way back. If it is getting late or your cell phone battery is getting low, it might be a good idea to bring a solar powered cell phone charger, flashlight, and radio with you in case of an emergency.

If your pet is enjoying your hike with you, you will need to make sure you have enough food and water for them too. Ensuring their safety will make the day more enjoyable for everyone. Dogs often like to veer off the path and do their own adventuring. Most of the time they will not get into any trouble or get hurt, but occasionally things can happen that are out of your control. During the warmer months you need to be checking your pets for things like ticks when they come out of the woods. If you see a tick on your pet (or if you get one yourself) you need to remove it immediately in order to prevent the possibility of contracting lyme disease.

Pack your bag with the essentials and a make sure you have a proper first aid kit for you and your pet. The extra little things like flashlights, rope, a knife, and rain gear will make your day that much more enjoyable if you should come across anything unanticipated or should any obstacles get in your way. Being ready for the unexpected can mean all the difference for you and your family.

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