Hiking Safety

Now that summer is here, it’s time to head outside. But whether you’re an experienced hiker or new to the great outdoors, take proper precautions or you may spend the rest of the season stuck inside.

One of the most important rules about hiking is to wear good shoes. One bad blister and you’re done for the day.

Invest in a good pair of walking shoes or hiking boots, and be sure to break them in. Try putting athletic tape on areas that are prone to blisters.

And while ticks may seem tiny and harmless, they can transmit the very dangerous Lyme disease.

Stick to well-marked trails, and wear a long-sleeved shirt plus pants tucked into your shoes.

Wear outdoor insect repellent with at least 20% DEET, and spray your clothes as well as your body.

After your hike, inspect yourself—and your pets—thoroughly.

If you’re headed into areas with snakes, spiders or other creepy crawlers, keep your hands and feet away from areas you can’t see like rock, holes and high grass.

Oh and that trick about sucking venom from the wound? It’s a myth.

And the number one most important safety rule?

Never venture out alone, and always let someone at home or the park ranger know where you’re headed.

For more tips, visit our Travel Safety & Security section.

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