Hiking is a popular recreational activity. It’s a way of experiencing nature, and also serves as an avenue for sightseeing. If you’re planning to explore the Chesapeake Bay area, then hiking is preferable. A reminder for non-experienced hikers, though — you should be ready for the perils that may occur during the activity. It’s best to familiarize yourself with 7 important things to bring during a hike, if you want to have a safe and enjoyable trip.
- Fire-starting equipment – Fire is essential for cooking food and boiling water. It also offers protection during night hikes. Just be careful, because it can cause accidents. Some examples of fire-starting gear are matchboxes and lighters/igniters.
- First-aid kit – When hiking, you’ll be at risk of injuries, insect stings/bites, etc. You’ll be able to treat your wounds if you have a complete set of first-aid supplies.
Contents of a first-aid kit should include:
- Adhesive tape
- Antiseptic wipes
- Eye drops
- Gauze pads
- Pain relievers
- Personal medications
- Rubbing alcohol
- Water – Since you’ll be walking and trekking, you’ll be prone to exhaustion. It’s advisable to bring lots of water to avoid dehydration. Don’t try to drink the water from unknown sources, unless you have a filtering system.
- Navigation tools – The trails of Chesapeake Bay area are long, and you can get lost if you’re not familiar with the path. Before starting the hike, make sure to get an accurate map of the area, and make sure to bring it with you, along with a compass.
- Food – You should stuff yourself with the proper nutrition, so that you’ll have energy while hiking. To avoid being bloated, just take adequate servings. As much as possible, avoid canned goods and instant meals. These foods are easy to prepare, but they don’t have much nutritional value. Instead, opt for energy bars, dried fruits/veggies, whole-grain breads, and poultry, tuna, and beef jerky.
- Equipment for shelter – Your choices include tents, reflective blankets, and tarps. You can set up shelter if you want to take a break, but you should be cautious of the location. If you’re setting up an open tent, make sure that it’s not against the wind. Also, don’t place your shelter near a huge tree. Large trees offer relaxing shade, but they can be home for dangerous insects and animals.
- Sun protection – Though the Chesapeake Bay area has a relatively mild climate, you still need to protect yourself from the sun’s harsh rays with sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and an umbrella. Also, remember not to hike during noontime, when the sun is directly shining upon you.
Keep in mind that both of your hands should be free, so that you’ll be able to maneuver the trail safely. Don’t forget to put an identification card in your pocket or wallet, one that includes your medical profile (e.g. past illnesses, allergies, etc.) and contact information in case of emergencies.