hiking-1312226_960_720Hiking is a great way to take in the awe-inspiring beauty of nature. On top of that, hiking is a wonderful source of exercise and an overall fulfilling activity. But it can also be dangerous if you aren’t careful. You have to learn about hiking safety before suiting up for your hike. Here are a few survival tips that every hiker should know:

1) If a storm is coming, postpone your trip

If you think you’re better than Mother Nature, think again. If you were hoping to go hiking, but there is a negative forecast, it’s best to save the hiking trip for another day. Nature is not going to change for you, and you’re likely to get hurt if you hike during a storm. Deciding not to hike isn’t admitting defeat. Instead, think of it as a way of respecting nature.


2) Bring survival tools

When you’re hiking through nature, anything can happen and it’s important to bring the essentials. That why you need to bring a compass, a map and a pocket knife. Make sure you know how to use these objects. You wouldn’t want to get lost and realize you don’t know how to orient yourself using a compass. It’s also important that you bring a first-aid kit, a lighter or match, and a lot of food and water. If you’re going to be hiking in a cold climate make sure to bring warm clothes. If you’re going to stay overnight, bring camping supplies.


3) If you get lost, stay calm

If you get to point at which you don’t know where you are, it can be easy to start panicking. However, the most crucial thing to do in these moments is remain calm. If you act predictably, a rescue team will have an easier time finding you. Sit down and decide with your hiking comrades what you are going to do first. Will you build a shelter, get food or water, or make a signal fire first? Whatever you choose, make sure to stay on task.


4) Signal your position to potential rescuers

As was mentioned previously, it is a good idea to build a signal fire. Make sure it is in a place where it will be visible and where it won’t start a wildfire. You can also make a different type of signal on the ground that will be visible from the air. Instead of writing out the word “Help”, a good idea is to create three piles something. While may be wondering “Three piles of what?”, you can actually make three piles of any object, such as leaves,but it must be arranged in a triangle shape. This is the international wilderness symbol for distress.


5) If you’re lost for a long time, look for water

If you get lost and it seems that you may have to survive overnight, it’s important to look for water. While it’s tempting to start looking for possibly edible berries, finding water is more crucial. You can go a month without food but only three days without water. Water is found in other places than just bodies of water. There is dew on plants, as well as tropical veins and banana and plantain trees.


These are just a few of the crucial tips to know if you are going to go hiking. Immersing yourself in nature is a beautiful thing, but if you do so, you need to be prepared for anything.