The most effective way to prevent mishaps is to adequately prepare for the trip. Knowledge of the area, weather, terrain, limitations of your body, plus a little common sense can help to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip or outing.
Travel With A Companion
You don’t want to be by yourself in case of an emergency. Leave a copy of your itinerary with a responsible person. Include details such as the make, year, and license plate of your car, the equipment you’re bringing, the weather you’ve anticipated, and when you plan to return.
Think About Your Footing While Traveling
Trees and bushes can’t always be trusted to hold you. Stay on developed trails or dry, solid rock areas with good footing.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
For the trail conditions and season.
Check Your Equipment
Keep your equipment in good working order. Inspect it before your trip. Do not wait until you are at the trailhead. Be sure to pack emergency signaling devices.
Be Weather Wise
Keep an eye on current and predicted weather conditions. (34101000)
Learn Basic First Aid
So you know how to identify and treat injuries and illnesses.
Make Camp Before Dark
Traveling after darkness has resulted in many accidents from falls, so travel only during daylight. Set up camp well away from the edge of cliffs and learn the terrain during daylight.
Think Before Your Drink
No matter how clean or pure a stream looks, it’s likely to contain water-borne parasites and microorganisms that can cause discomfort and sometimes serious illness.
Pack the “Essentials” and be prepared for minor injuries, sudden weather changes or delays. The following are items you should include in your pack:
- First aid kit
- Foil (to use as a cup or signaling device)
- Insect repellent
- Pocket knife
- Pocket mirror (to use as a signaling device)
- Prescription glasses (an extra pair)
- Prescription medications for ongoing medical conditions
- Radio with batteries
- Space blanket or a piece of plastic (to use for warmth or shelter)