Fancy Hiking? Take Steps to Avoid Getting Lost

If you are going hiking, then you must be well prepared to take all the steps necessary to ensure you enjoy the journey but also make sure that you won’t get lost.

Make sure you know the proper type of navigational tools and how to use them beforehand. Carrying a map of the location won’t be an onerous task. Also, a compass can be a saviour in hard times.

Smart Skills to Follow to Avoid Getting Lost

  • Carry enough food and water with you. It will make sure that even if you are lost, you will be able to sustain a few days or at least a few hours.
  • Do not forget to charge your phone before you leave for the trail. For adverse situations, you can carry a power bank with you.
  • You have no idea what adverse the weather conditions you will face. It can be very chilly high above on the mountains, so take some sweatshirts or pullovers with you.
  • Before you start travelling, go through some of the blog posts or videos on hiking.
  • Do proper research about the place you are going to visit.
  • Carry a first-aid kit with yourself. Extreme situations demand extreme measures and a first-aid kit will ensure that you will be able to cure minor injuries.
  • Carry a map, compass and GPS tracker with you.

 

Lost While Hiking? Follow These Tips

Follow the following steps if you find yourself lost while out hiking:

  • Observe the place around and look for signs and symbols which may direct you towards the path.
  • Even if you are lost, you should not panic. Calm yourself and then think what can be done next.
  • If you have came to a conclusion that you are lost, then you should avoid following the same path and stop there.
  • The most important step is to have a plan and in case you are not confident about your plan, then it is better to stay where you are. And if it happens to be dark, then you must not venture into any unknown path.

 

Use Your GPS in the Right Manner

Having a GPS which is handheld can be very useful if you happen to be lost, you can know your exact location and can keep checking on your GPS that you are on the right path.

This is all about the precautions which can be taken while you go for hiking. Taking the necessary measures can make your hiking trip easy.

Author

A keen runner, skier and nuts about cycling. Karl lives in Cumbria, where he loves encouraging his two children to follow in his outdoor lifestyle. Whilst out and about keeping active, Karl keeps a diary and shares it with Outdoor Look.

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