Hiking is a fun activity in Maine and New Hampshire for people of all ages as well as a great source of exercise. However, if you go on a hike unprepared, you could end up getting lost or even injured.
To stay safe on a hike, do the following:
Make a gear list that accounts for essential items, like water, a first-aid kit, rain gear, extra food and a compass.
Bring a map and take the time to understand it before you go on a hike. While you should also bring a GPS, it’s good to have backup directions handy. This is especially true as limited service and unreliable battery power can make GPS devices ineffective.
Hike during the day to avoid potentially dangerous wild animals and getting lost.
Understand the area you will be hiking. Make note of local wildlife, poisonous plants and hunting areas.
Check the weather forecast and pack the appropriate gear.
Tell someone where you will be hiking and when you plan to return.
Avoid hiking alone and stick with your group.
Keeping these tips in mind will help keep you safe when you go hiking.