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30 Essential Hiking Safety Hacks For Safe And Well-Organized Adventures

30 Essential Hiking Safety Hacks For Safe And Well-Organized Adventures
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Those of us who soaked up the Oprah-recommended book called “Wild” got to live vicariously through author Cheryl Strayed’s adventures as she white-knuckled her way through a precarious hike up the Pacific Coast Trail.

Those of us who don’t want to experience the foot-bleeding, skin-peeling, moose-fleeing drama that she faced during her arduous journey would do well to follow these 30 hiking safety hacks.

1. Get great-fitting boots

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    Boots that fit improperly can make you suffer from unnecessary blisters and lost toenails. Grabbing a pair (or two) of the best-reviewed hiking boots on Amazon that aren’t too tight or way too big for your feet is critical.

    2. Walk around with your backpack before leaving

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      If you pack too many items in your backpack, you’ll needlessly suffer from carrying a heavier load that necessary. Test out picking up, toting and putting down your intended load on your back while still at home, before embarking on your journey.

      3. Send yourself supply boxes ahead of time

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        Instead of trying to carry everything but the kitchen sink on your back, send yourself boxes full of supplies at pre-planned points at post offices along your trail hike – especially if it’s an extended walk.

        4. Make sure to learn what’s poisonous and what’s edible

        As chronicled in the popular book and movie called Into the Wild, Christopher McCandless died most likely as a result of eating a mold-filled plant or from confusing wild sweet pea seeds with those of another flora. The crucial lesson to be learned is to ensure what you’re eating is safe.

        5. Give up if the hike becomes too dangerous

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          Don’t be so set in stone on following your hiking plan that you’re not willing to make changes. Certain seasons bring inordinate snowfall and ice or other treacherous conditions to some trails, making them impassable.

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          6. Take a buddy if you feel led to do so

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            There’s safety in numbers. Though we love to read the tales of folks brave enough to venture off on solo hikes, it helps to consider bringing others – especially more experienced hikers – along on your trip.

            7. Know your trail

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              Use a map, GPS device and compass to figure out where you’re going, but make sure you’ve also studied every nuance of the area you’re planning to hike – and that you know how to use landmarks to determine where you’re going, just in case all of those devices become lost.

              8. Bring sufficient snacks

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                Keep consuming enough high-quality calories to give you energy for your hike. Stuff your bag with freeze-dried foods that are both lightweight and nutritious.

                9. Check out a menstrual sponge

                Yeah, I’d never heard one either until I read the report of Strayed, the female hiker who used a menstrual sponge to collect her monthly flow. She’d wash it and reuse it instead of dealing with sanitary napkins and tampons.

                10. Hang your food

                Always hang your food or use a bear canister in order to keep it safe from animals, and to help prevent critters from sniffing around near you, advises the Washington Trails Association.

                11. Take enough water

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                  Even if you anticipate running into drinkable, fresh-water sources along your path, realize that it’s healthy to bring a water bladder full of liquid in order to keep you well hydrated each day.

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                  12. Sunscreen is critical

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                    Even if it’s the dead of winter, the sun can still beat down on you in dangerous ways. Protect your skin with sunscreen lotion that contains a high SPF factor.

                    13. Learn how to safely start a fire

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                      Even if it’s raining, it helps to follow the Boy Scout rules on how to still use collected wood, your handy pocket knife and starter accessories to get a fire going that can keep you warm, give light and cook your food.

                      14. Bring extra Band-Aids

                      Experienced hikers say that you can rarely have enough Band-Aids – even more than are found in the standard first-aid kits. Because backpacks tend to rub against shoulders and backs, they can cause blisters that need to be covered.

                      15. Remember the first-aid kit

                      Speaking of first-aid kits, REI has a great one that includes things like Moleskin for blister protection and other wound-care specifics that might not be found in other non-hiking related kits.

                      16. An ice pick can be your best friend

                      As dramatically chronicled in Wild, learning to properly use an ice pick can help you navigate precarious trails by offering surer footing in the case of icy surfaces.

                      17. Take something good to read

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                        Although safety is very important, it doesn’t mean you can’t bring fun items along with you. During the downtime and slow hours when you’re not staring at the sunrise, you might want to pull out your favorite Divergent book or a compact copy of the New Testament to keep you company.

                        18. Inform others of your hiking plan

                        Instead launching off without letting any family members or friends know where you’re going, leave your detailed hiking safety plan with at least one person you can trust – and plan to check in with them at appointed times.

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                        19. Do shorter hikes first

                        Before setting out on the monumental hike of a lifetime, plan to complete several smaller hikes first in order to acclimate yourself to the process.

                        20. Learn how to set up your tent before you leave

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                          It can be tempting to let your tent stay nice and tidy, planning to unpack it and read the rules when you’re on your hike. It’s better, however, to learn the intricacies of tent setup – which can be daunting – in the safety of your own backyard first, instead of in the wild.

                          21. Keep as dry as possible

                          Dampness and cold can be the enemy to a good hike. Even rain jackets may need to be put through an extra waterproofing process.

                          22. Use your fingers to estimate the remaining daylight

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                            Sort of like using a sundial to tell time, there’s a neat way you can use your fingers to determine if you have enough hours of light left to hike on or whether you should hunker down for the evening.

                            23. Look up to the moon and stars.

                            In order to find your true north and south directions, without needing a compass you can observe the moon and the stars.

                            24. Bring a quality knife

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                              Not that you want to use it like Aron Ralston had to use his when he cut off his own arm in order to free himself after getting trapped in rock canyons as shown in the movie 127 Hours, but a good knife can do everything from provide protection to help prepare food.

                              25. Pack extra clothes

                              Realize that if you’re hiking in a cold climate, you can still sweat and soak through your clothes. Make sure you have enough extra gear to change into whilst your other soggy clothes are drying

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                              26. Double-check last minute weather reports

                              Even if the location you’re planning to hike is predicted to be filled with sunny skies and pleasant weather, make sure you’re aware of up-to-the-minute storms or other approaching factors than can adversely affect your hike.

                              27. Research all the potential animals you may encounter

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                                Bring bear repellant spray, and learn the proper way to react if you’re suddenly faced with a big grizzly bear versus a black bear. Determine beforehand the types of wildlife your hiking area contains – be it teeming with coyotes, snakes, mountain lions or whatever – along with the best ways to keep safe from them.

                                28. Duck Tape can be very valuable

                                Duck Tape can serve a multitude of purposes, from taping up wounds to covering blisters to helping to remove a tick, so stock up.

                                29. Protect your smartphone in a waterproof case

                                If you can get a signal when you need it the most, a waterproof case for your cell phone can serve as a lifeline by keeping the electronic dry and usable. Life Proof makes a great one.

                                30. Stay calm, keep your wits about you and have fun

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                                  Remember the main reasons you have embarked upon the journey. Even if you come across unexpected adventures, don’t give in to fear. Enjoy the exercise and keep calm. Remain visible and send distress signals in case of an emergency.

                                  Featured photo credit: Travel to Mount Cook National Park by ZIVOTNACESTACH.CZ via picjumbo.com

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                                  Last Updated on July 12, 2021

                                  100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier

                                  100 Incredible Life Hacks That Make Life So Much Easier
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                                  Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time?

                                  By tweaking little things in your daily life, it can make your life much more convenient!

                                  Here’re 100 of the most practical life hacks so you can just pick up any of them right away!

                                  83 tie a small piece of bright colored fabric

                                    84 write random letter

                                      85 use a rubberband

                                        86 dorm smell bad

                                          87 lean your phone on your sunglassess

                                            89 how to waterproof your shoes

                                              90 take a picture of the name card

                                                91 iron inside out

                                                  92 old newspaper

                                                    93 tumble try shoes

                                                      keep a card like this

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                                                          94 soap bar

                                                            95 make a hole

                                                              96 drop the battery

                                                                97 use a coozie

                                                                  98 when taking a picture

                                                                    use a clean dust pan

                                                                      try a pants hanger

                                                                        use your cellphone light

                                                                          use a spring from an old pen

                                                                            quick and easy iphone speaker

                                                                              user binder clips

                                                                                wrap a wet paper towel around your beverage

                                                                                  put pancake mix in a ketchup bottle

                                                                                    clean out an old lotion bottle for your beach

                                                                                      use a muffin tin to serve condiments at a bbq

                                                                                        doritos are great for kindling

                                                                                          use nail polish to identify different keys

                                                                                            use a hanging shoe rack to store cleaning supplies

                                                                                              freeze grapes to chill white wine without

                                                                                                use paper clips to organize your cables

                                                                                                  almost finished your jar of nutella

                                                                                                    sick of having a box full of tangled

                                                                                                      unroll the rim to increase the capacity

                                                                                                        cut open toilet paper rolls and use as a cuff

                                                                                                          remove the stem from strawberries

                                                                                                            turn an old bottle into a simple little cord holder

                                                                                                              for iced coffee and iced cappuccino, use frozen coffee cubes

                                                                                                                how to fold a fitted bed sheet

                                                                                                                  tired of snoozing past your alarm

                                                                                                                    place a rubber band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on

                                                                                                                      ut a wooden spoon across a boiling pot

                                                                                                                        use bread clips to save flip-flops

                                                                                                                          take pictures of friends holding items

                                                                                                                            how i always know which headphone is the left one

                                                                                                                              put a stocking over the end of a vacuum

                                                                                                                                How to make sure you drink enough water

                                                                                                                                  user a can opener to open blister

                                                                                                                                    good sandwich guide

                                                                                                                                      turn your muffin pans upside down

                                                                                                                                        50 pounds of groceries and living on the 5th floor

                                                                                                                                          the right way to make a blt

                                                                                                                                            add one teaspoon of baking soda

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                                                                                                                                                hair straighteners equals to collar irons

                                                                                                                                                  stack your clothes vertically to see them all

                                                                                                                                                    the right way to make cookies in the summer

                                                                                                                                                      how to clean a blender

                                                                                                                                                        the right way to eat a popsicle

                                                                                                                                                          use bread clips to label and organize power cords

                                                                                                                                                            to get the built up residue off of your shower head

                                                                                                                                                              user a hair clip to orgainize long wires

                                                                                                                                                                a frozen saturated sponge in a bag

                                                                                                                                                                  rub stuck zipper teeth with a graphite pencil

                                                                                                                                                                    use a soda pop tab

                                                                                                                                                                      50

                                                                                                                                                                        51 How to multiply large numbers in your head.

                                                                                                                                                                          52 How to open a bottle if you dont have a corkscrew.

                                                                                                                                                                            rub a walnut on damaged wooden furniture

                                                                                                                                                                              kids fall out of bed

                                                                                                                                                                                use toothpaste to clear up hazy car

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                                                                                                                                                                                    59 keep pizza out while driving home

                                                                                                                                                                                      60 put your straw through the tab to keep it from rising

                                                                                                                                                                                        hold oreos with a fork so your fingers

                                                                                                                                                                                          Never lose your remotes again

                                                                                                                                                                                            hiding your emergency money

                                                                                                                                                                                              use a bread tab to hold your spot on a roll

                                                                                                                                                                                                if you are at a hotel and run out of chargers

                                                                                                                                                                                                  keep a square of cardboard in a ziplock bag

                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you need to pee or smoke at a bar

                                                                                                                                                                                                      drill holes in the bottom of your garbage

                                                                                                                                                                                                        use an accented letter as your passcode

                                                                                                                                                                                                          use a squeeze ketchup bottle top with your shopvac

                                                                                                                                                                                                            do something unusual when locking the door

                                                                                                                                                                                                              when heating leftovers space out a circle in the middle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                dont burn yourself in those hard to reach candles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  put a small amount of water in a glass when you microwave your pizza

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    75 use a piece of paper to organize

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      use half a pool noodle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pencil case to store cables

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          78 clothespin to hold nail

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            79 make blts

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              80 take a picture of your fridge

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                81 fill plastic water bottles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  82 right ways to eat chips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    99 if your plug keeps failing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      100 put the banana on the wire

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        88 before you throw away a post it

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Source: Reddit LifeProTips

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There you go, 100 awesome life hacks that you can try right now to make your life a lot easier!

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