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Do I Need a Tarp Under My Tent?



Two tents and a truck in the woods.

Many campers have learned to pack a tarp or ground cloth for camping trips out in the backcountry where sudden rain or other precipitation can soak through the tent floor and turn the whole campsite into a dejected quagmire of mud.

While a properly staked-out tent footprint can waterproof the bottom of your tent and keep your sleeping bag and other gear dry, some campers who hike extensively on their camping trips and want to pack ultralight or just enjoy primitive camping start to wonder at some point whether the tarp or ground cloth is as integral a piece of camping gear as they’d thought the first time they went camping, new tent in tow.

Groundsheets and tent footprints call for much consideration. In a 2-person tent, the tarp or groundsheet maybe ultralight and easy to carry along. But for a 12-person tent or for even larger tents, the tarp you’d use to waterproof the bottom of your tent may not be feasibly portable without some kind of vehicle. So, is the tarp really necessary?

It may seem like a small consideration but a tarp or groundsheet offers extra protection for the bottom of your tent and could make or break an entire camping trip in the right scenario. It’s worth noting that even with a tarp or groundsheet along, it’s never entirely guaranteed that the bottom of your tent will stay dry. Site selection the first time you reach your campsite is really important no matter how waterproof your tent it or how sound the construction of your tarpaulin groundsheet or rain fly.

Beyond what may appear to be its primary duty of helping campers stay dry, tarps and groundsheets can also protect tent floors from abrasions on hard surfaces, so campers with a new tent along may want to ensure the longevity of the tent bottom by placing a tent footprint underneath. As with so many things related to the campsite, the necessity of a tent footprint just depends on the type of camping trip and the goals of the particular campers. Read through this guide for a full consideration of all the pros and cons of a tarp or groundsheet to formulate a well-thought-out plan before your next camping trip.  

Gray tent beside a lake and surrounded by trees.

A tarp or ground cloth can protect the bottom of your tent from abrasions on rough and rocky surfaces.

How does a tarp help waterproof the tent floor?

A tarpaulin, or tarp for short, is just a large piece of flexible, durable, waterproof or water-resistant material such as canvas or polyester coated with polyurethane or else a plastic material like polyethylene. The tarp most familiar to most campers or outdoor enthusiasts is the large blue plastic kind with grommets around the perimeter to allow for a rope or other fixing mechanism to pass through and keep the tarp fixed and protecting whatever it’s attached to. At home, a tarp is often used to cover firewood or other outdoor material that can’t be brought inside but ought to stay dry in any case. 

Tarpaulin comes in many different designs. Some tarps are perforated, but since waterproofing is likely to be a central concern for campers, perforated tarps are not advisable for either tent footprints or rain flys. Heavy rain will soak right through perforated tarps, although in cases where the campsite is still damp with rainwater from previous precipitation but there aren’t any more storms in the forecast, a perforated tarp could get the job done. Those backpacking with expensive or sensitive camping gear will likely find no need to take the risk of buying anything but the toughest, most waterproof tarp to use as a rainfly or tent footprint. 

Canvas tarps are water-resistant but are not waterproof. If they are arranged so that rainwater will not collect on them and can easily drain away, then canvas tarps will work fine. But sitting rainwater or prolonged exposure to rainwater as might happen in heavy rain will eventually start to drip through a canvas tarp. As a tent footprint on dry ground, a canvas tent will likely suffice as ground cover as long as heavy rain doesn’t come and campers have chosen their campsite wisely and not set up the tent in a place where rainwater will collect on the ground. 

Essentially a tent footprint made out of tarpaulin is convenient for two important purposes at the campsite. Some campers swear against ground cloths of any variety, desiring ultralight backpacking, while others never go on a camping trip without some form of extra protection and waterproofing for their tent bottom. The extra protection and extend the life of your tent, which of course you’ll want to remain 100% intact and without punctures or holes for as long as possible.

It also keeps the bottom of your tent cleaner, which can reduce the amount of time you have to spend on asinine chores once you return home from your camping trip. Perhaps more importantly, the ability of a ground cloth to keep groundwater and rainwater away from your tent is going to prevent all sorts of annoying incidents from happing at the campsite.

Yellow and gray tent near a tree stump with a rocky mountain under a blue sky.

Site selection and a waterproof tent with a rainfly can reduce the need for a tarp or groundsheet, but extra protection is always a good idea.

Tarps and ground cloths can protect the bottom of your tent

The first time you go on a camping trip with a new tent, you’ll probably obsess with keeping the new tent in the same immaculate condition it’s in when you first pitch it at your campsite. However, many campers often lose this sense of protection for their tents and other camping gear such as sleeping bags as they continue to use them on tent camping excursion after tent camping excursion.

The best method for you to continue proper maintenance and extend the life of your tent is to get in the habit of placing a groundsheet or tent footprint underneath your tent site. As you get more acclimated to tent camping you will do so automatically and not view it as a hassle. 

Many campers who prefer to go without a tarp as a tent footprint find it to be a hassle because they have never been in the worst-case scenario where heavy rain or snow gets through the tent bottom and causes mayhem with camping gear and possibly makes campers sick. Ultralight backpacking does tend to call for leaving everything behind you at home that you can possibly afford not to bring along to the campsite, but the right tarp can be constructed out of moderately thin tarpaulin and weigh just a few ounces. Laying a tent footprint before pitching your tent is no more of a hassle than pitching the tent in the first place. 

Most importantly, even in dry environments, a groundsheet will provide a degree of extra protection between the bottom of your tent and rocks, sticks, and other sharp materials commonly found on the forest floor, the desert sand, or the jagged rocky surface of a mountain. In order to go fearlessly into any environment you desire, a tarp or groundsheet is an essential piece of camping gear that is ultralight and not too much of a hassle. 

For a lightweight material that can serve as a tent footprint or as a handy porch at the entrance to your tent, Tyvek is a solid option. Tyvek is a kind of tarp made out of a high-density polyethylene fiber that is breathable, water-resistant, tear-resistant, and ultralight. Tyvek is very much like paper but much more durable. For situations where your campsite is likely to see snow or heavy rain, Tyvek may be more useful tucked under the front of your tent to provide a staging area that will allow the inside of your tent to stay dry, since you’ll be able to take off your boots on the Tyvek before heading inside from the elements. 

DIY tarps and tent footprints

The most convenient thing about ultralight tarps and tent footprints is that those campers who fancy themselves handy enough can fashion a DIY version of a groundsheet out of tarpaulin, Tyvek, or any other waterproof or water-resistant material available around the house. Follow this step-by-step guide to build your own DIY tent footprint:

1. Find the material you wish to use to construct your tent footprint.

It can often be found at the hardware store or an outdoor retailer. Make sure you buy enough of the chosen material that extends well beyond the size of the bottom of your tent. 

2. Lay out the tarp on the ground and put your tent on top of it.

Make sure the tarp is completely flat and as wrinkle-free as possible to avoid cutting mistakes. 

3. Use a sharpie or similar permanent marker and trace the bottom of your tent.

Try to keep the tent bottom as flush as possible with the ground to get the tightest border trace you can. Make sure not to move the tent on accident! 

4. Cut out the tent footprint you’ve just traced.

Don’t cut directly on the sharpie line, though. Make sure you’re cutting about two inches inside the outline of the bottom of your tent. The logic behind cutting 2 inches within the outline is that the ideal tent footprint is a little bit smaller than the bottom of your tent. If the tent footprint is the same size or larger than the tent bottom it is protecting, then rainwater would collect on the exposed area of the tent footprint. Rainwater pooled in such a way would flood your tent, exactly the opposite of the intended use of a tarp or groundsheet.

Now that you’ve crafted your own ultralight ground cover, you can go camping with a new tent or a time-tested one without worrying about abrasions from the ground or rainwater getting through the bottom of your tent!

Person sitting inside a blue and yellow dome tent.

Tyvek tucked up under your tent can create a “porch” for tying on boots and keep mud out of the tent.

Good site selection for camping without a tarp for ground cover

Okay, just to cover both sides of the debate here, let’s consider what campers who venture out on their camping trip without any tarpaulin, Tyvek, or canvas to use for ground cover. Fortunately, without this piece of camping gear, there is only one thing to concentrate on, and that’s selecting your campsite.

The surrounding area at your campsite should be as elevated as possible so that you can erect your tent in a place where rainwater will naturally flow down and away from your tent without soaking through the tent bottom. Before you pitch your tent, pick through the material of the ground and make sure all the big objects like sticks, stones, and debris are clear so that they will not punch through the tent bottom. 

Once all that is done, you’re basically ready to pitch the tent. Make sure you bring some kind of sleeping pad to use underneath your sleeping bag. If your sleeping bag is robust and insulated enough to keep you from heat escaping through the bottom of your tent, then you should be fine sleeping through the night. But in cold locations, the earth beneath your tent bottom will pull heat from you and won’t return any back, so campers in this situation risk having a cold night’s sleep. 

For optimal campsite selection, remember the five W’s: water, waste, weather, widowmakers, and wildlife. We’ve already discussed how important rainwater and drainage are, but drinking water is equally important. Campers planning on treating river or creek water with a water filter or similar piece of camping gear have to toe the line between setting up a campsite near enough the water source to be convenient but far enough away that a sudden heavy rain won’t flood the source and drench their tent bottom. Waste is obvious enough: campers will need a convenient way to dispose of waste when they leave the campsite.

Weather is relevant to points already discussed vis-a-vis tarps and tent footprints. Natural cover like trees and overhangs and add extra protection against water permeating the tent bottom. But attention is critical because the next W is widowmaker, a name given to potentially fatal accidents caused by something like a heavy tree branch suddenly falling on your tent. If you use trees for extra protection against the weather, make sure none of them are dead or close to falling on top of you. 

Wildlife is an equally important consideration. There are plenty of precautions to take against larger animals like bears or foxes, but make sure you aren’t setting your tent up on top of an ant colony or a wasp’s nest. A tent footprint can offer some slight protection against insects coming in through the tent, but if you tend to leave the front entrance to your tent open, it’s likely ants will get in if you’re trying to sleep right on top of them. Overall, there are many useful advantages to tarps and tent footprints and not many drawbacks. 

A red and yellow tent and rafts outdoors.

Site selection is a critical part of constructing a campsite. Remember the 5 W’s next time you go camping!

Final Verdict:

For all but the most hard-headed or ultralight backpacking-obsessed campers, a tarp or groundsheet is a super-handy piece of camping gear that doesn’t add too much weight to the pack and only takes a few extra minutes to set up at the campsite. To protect the bottom of your tent and extend the life of your tent, a tent footprint is a utilitarian dream with no special features or complicated operation. It is simply a bit of extra protection between you and the ground. It’s ideal for campers who want to retain heat inside their tent, add a small degree of comfort to the tent bottom, and make sure nothing pokes a hole in the tent’s floor. 

All campers know how rain can put a damper on an otherwise fulfilling camping trip. A groundsheet, tarp, or tent footprint can cover the ground beneath the tent’s floor and prevent rainwater that has already fallen at the campsite or rainwater from heavy rain that’s currently falling from permeating the tent bottom and soaking every camper inside. To avoid illness and ruining camping gear with sensitive electronics inside, and to preserve your own ability to wake up with the energy to go out hiking and interacting with the great outdoors like you should on any worthwhile camping trip. 

Only the most foolhardy campers would go without a simple tent footprint to avoid all this trouble. With so many ways to craft a durable DIY tarp out of Tyvek, canvas, or any other material, there aren’t too many reasons not to add a few ounces to your pack to bring along a piece of camping gear that could make the difference between a cold, soggy camping trip and a successful camping trip into the backcountry where, despite heavy rain or snow, all campers involved managed to make the best of it and see the great outdoors in the rain, an opportunity not taken by the vast majority of campers. Now that you know the in’s and out’s of tarps and tent bottoms, you’ll be much better prepared to protect the bottom of your tent and extend the life of your tent next time you go camping. 

Bonus tip: Watch this step-by-step instructional video to learn how to make your own DIY Tyvek tent footprint and tarp for next to nothing!


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The Top 7 Bike Models for Thrilling Outdoor Adventures



Cycling is without a shadow of a doubt one of the most popular outdoor pursuits around. If you are somebody with a passion for it then the chances are you already own a bicycle of your own. Unless you are extremely wealthy then the likelihood is that you only own one. If you have a little bit of spare change then perhaps now’s the time for an upgrade. There are some great bicycle models on the market today.

This post will tell you about seven of them so you can find one that is right for you:

1.    Electric Bicycles

It would be a mistake to compile a list of the best bicycles around and not feature electric ones in the first place. Whether you are planning on buying them from e-bike shops in California or ones in New York, electric bicycles are the same throughout the country and are without a shadow of a doubt the best bicycles money can buy; the good thing about them is that they travel significantly faster than traditional bicycles and in some states can be ridden on the road alongside cars, making them an excellent choice for people who want to reduce their reliance on motor vehicles and lessen their carbon footprint.

2.    Folding Bicycles

Folding bicycles have achieved immense popularity in the last few years. They are mainly popular with people who commute to work using their bikes. The good thing about them is that they can easily be packed away and stored, making them ideal for travellers. Some riders even go as far as to take them abroad with them. Because of their small size and how easily foldable they are,  they can even be stored in the luggage compartment of planes, meaning they can be taken internationally.

3.    Tandem Bicycles

Let’s be honest, tandem bicycles are not the most popular. In fact, most people would never dream of being caught riding one. However, in spite of how uncool they are, tandem bicycles can be a lot of fun to ride. If you have a loved one or partner who likes travelling with you, a tandem bicycle gives you both the freedom to explore together. If you do plan on using one of these bicycles then make sure that you find one that is sized appropriately. Tandem bicycles come in many different shapes and sizes.

4.    Mountain Bicycles

Mountain bicycles are typically used by people who’re planning on riding on rough terrain or are travelling to another country. If you do plan on buying a mountain bicycle (or any bicycle, for that matter) you need to make sure that you conduct extensive research and find one with the best reviews that you can. A bicycle manufacturer’s reviews can tell you a lot about the products they sell and help you to decide whether or not their products are right for you. Avoid buying products from companies that do not have any reviews, positive or negative.

5.    Road Bicycles

Road bicycles are the most common ones you will see as you go about your daily life. If you are a fan of bicycles, it is highly likely you already own one of these. Road bicycles can easily be purchased for next to nothing. If you do not have a lot of money then you can definitely pick one up for a reasonable price. If you are planning on buying a road bicycle then again spend some time reading reviews and doing research. It is unwise to purchase any bicycle without doing your research first.

6. Recumbent Bicycle

If you are somebody who likes travelling long distances, recumbent bicycles are for you. The good thing about recumbent bicycles is that they can be used for touring other countries. These bicycles have seats designed for comfort. You can recline and lounge in them, making them ideal for people who have back pain or problems sitting upright on bicycles for long periods of time. Many people prefer using these over touring bikes which will feature in the next section. Recumbent bicycles can be very expensive which is why you should only buy one if you think it will come in handy.

7.    Touring Bicycles

Touring bicycles are not that popular mostly because they are designed especially for people who’re travelling over long distances with lots of luggage and therefore are very large and robust. They are extremely durable though which makes them great for people who ride roughly.


Getting outdoors and going on adventures can be a lot of fun. If you are a fan of bicycle riding, then consider picking up one of the bikes listed here; different bikes have different purposes so get the one that is right for your purposes. 

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How to Pack for a Day Hike



How to pack for a day hike

Hiking is an exciting adventure for the whole family, and it’s important to be prepared. Taking a day hike with your kids can be fun and rewarding, but you need to make sure that you have everything you need. Packing for a day hike doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful; all it takes is careful planning and preparation.

In this article, we will provide tips on how to pack for a successful day hiking trip with your family. With these simple steps in mind, you can ensure that your next day hike is safe yet enjoyable!

Choose the Right Gear for Your Day Hike

The most important part of packing for a day hike is selecting the right gear. Make sure you have proper footwear with good traction; sturdy, supportive hiking boots or shoes work best. You’ll also need rain gear in case it rains and layers to keep you warm on cool days. A small day pack or backpack is necessary, as well as a sturdy walking stick or trekking poles for extra stability on rough terrain. Other important items include a map and compass, sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, and bug spray.

Plan Ahead and Pack Light

Don’t wait until the last minute to start packing for your day hike. Make a list of all the items you need to bring and check it off as you go. This will help you stay organized and make sure that you don’t forget anything. It’s also important to pack light; only bring essentials that are absolutely necessary for the trip. If possible, divide up gear among family members to lighten the load.

Prepare Clothing for All Weather Conditions

The weather can be unpredictable, so make sure you bring clothing that’s appropriate for all conditions. Layering is key; wear lightweight, breathable fabrics such as wool and synthetic materials that wick away moisture. Pack a waterproof jacket or poncho, and bring extra socks in case your feet get wet. Also, bring a hat, gloves, and sunglasses to protect you from the sun’s rays.

Bring Necessary Supplies like Water, Food, First Aid Kit, etc.

You should also bring necessary supplies like water, food, and a first aid kit with bandages and medications. Pack enough supplies for everyone so everyone can stay hydrated and energized throughout the hike. If you’re bringing snacks, opt for nutritious options like nuts, fruits, and nut butter sandwiches.

Include Extras Like Sunscreen and Bug Spray

You never know when you might need them, so it’s important to include extras like sunscreen and bug spray in your daypack. Sunscreen should be applied every two hours to protect your skin from sunburn and other damage. Bug spray can also help ward off pests like mosquitoes, ticks, and gnats.

Tips for Packing with Kids

Hiking with children can be a great way to bond as a family, but it’s important to make sure they’re comfortable and safe. Comfort items like stuffed animals, blankets, or books can help them relax and stay entertained during the hike. Pack plenty of snacks that are high in energy; trail mix, fruit bars, and granola bars are a great option. Games & activities can also be fun for younger kids; think about bringing small toys and cards to keep them occupied.

Don’t Forget Important Documents & Identification Cards

Make sure you bring any important documents or identification cards with you on your day hike. This includes driver’s license, passports, health insurance cards, and any other relevant paperwork you might need. It’s also a good idea to bring a copy of your itinerary and contact information for the people you’ll be hiking with.

Final Checklist Before You Leave on Your Day Hike

Once you’ve packed all the necessary items, it’s important to do a final checklist before leaving on your day hike. Make sure everyone in your party has the appropriate supplies and that you know where to find any extra items you might need. It’s also a good idea to notify someone of your plans; let them know where you’re going, when you plan to leave, and when you plan to return.


Day hikes are an excellent way to get outdoors and experience the beauty of nature. With a little preparation, you can ensure your day hike is safe and enjoyable for everyone in your party. By following the tips outlined above, you can be sure that you’re adequately prepared for whatever comes your way. So grab your gear, get outside, and enjoy the adventure!


Q: What type of clothing should I bring for a day hike?

A: It’s important to prepare for all weather conditions; wear lightweight, breathable fabrics such as wool and synthetic materials that wick away moisture. Pack a waterproof jacket or poncho, and bring extra socks in case your feet get wet. Also, don’t forget to bring a hat, gloves, and sunglasses to protect you from the sun’s rays.

Q: What supplies do I need to bring on a day hike?

A: You should bring necessary supplies like water, food, and a first aid kit with bandages and medications. If possible, divide up gear among family members to lighten the load. It’s also important to pack extras like sunscreen and bug spray, as well as any necessary documents or identification cards.

Q: What tips do you have for hiking with kids?

A: In order to make sure your children are comfortable and safe on the hike, it’s important to bring comfort items like stuffed animals, blankets, or books. Pack plenty of healthy snacks that are high in energy; trail mix, fruit bars, and granola bars are a great option. Games & activities can also help keep them entertained; think about bringing small toys and cards with you on the trip.

Q: What should I do before leaving on my day hike?

A: Before leaving on your day hike, make sure to do a final checklist and ensure that everyone in the party has the appropriate supplies. It’s also important to notify someone of your plans and let them know where you’re going, when you plan to leave, and when you plan to return. Finally, don’t forget to bring any necessary documents or identification cards with you.

Q: How do I stay safe during day hiking?

A: Stay safe while hiking by informing someone of your plans, packing the right gear and supplies, and being aware of your surroundings. Make sure you’re properly hydrated and that you have the necessary first aid supplies in case of an emergency. Also, be mindful of wildlife and any potential hazards on the trail.

Q: What else do I need to know about day hiking?

A: It’s important to plan ahead and research the terrain of your hike before heading out. Know your limits and be prepared for any unexpected events you might encounter on the trail. Stay on established trails and remember to practice Leave No Trace principles when hiking. Above all, have a great time and enjoy the adventure!

Q: What is Leave No Trace?

A: Leave No Trace is an international organization that promotes ethical outdoor recreation practices by encouraging hikers, campers, and other outdoor enthusiasts to “leave no trace” behind when they are visiting natural areas. This means doing things like packing out what you pack in, staying on designated trails, and respecting wildlife.

Q: What are some of the benefits of day hiking?

A: Day hiking is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature. You’ll be able to explore new places, connect with friends and family, and build up your physical endurance. Plus, it’s an affordable way to stay active while also promoting mental health and wellbeing. With proper preparation, you can enjoy an amazing outdoor experience without having to commit to an overnight excursion!

Q: What other information should I know before embarking on a day hike?

A: Before embarking on any outdoor excursion, it’s important to research the area and become aware of any potential hazards. Plan your route, check the weather forecast, and review safety guidelines for the terrain you’ll be hiking. It’s also important to stay hydrated, wear appropriate clothing and footwear, and bring along supplies like water, food, and a first-aid kit.

Q: How do I choose gear that is appropriate for my day hike?

A: Choosing the right gear for your day hike is essential to ensure a successful and safe trip. Think about the terrain you’ll be hiking and bring appropriate clothing, footwear, and supplies that are suited for the conditions. Consider investing in quality items like breathable fabrics, waterproof shoes, a first-aid kit, and other items that can help make your day hike more enjoyable. With the right gear, you can have a memorable experience while exploring nature on your day hike!

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Hiking Safety Tips and Precautions



Hiking Safety Tips

Hiking is an incredibly rewarding activity that allows you to explore the beauty of nature, get some exercise, and spend quality time with family and friends. However, it also comes with certain risks that should not be taken lightly. To ensure a safe and enjoyable hike for everyone involved, it’s important to take the necessary precautions.

In this article we will discuss essential safety tips and precautions for hikers so they can make sure their outdoor adventures are as safe as possible. We’ll cover topics such as researching your destination before heading out on the trail; packing essential items like a first-aid kit, map/GPS device, water bottle, snacks; letting someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return; dressing appropriately for weather conditions; staying aware of your surroundings at all times; being prepared in case of emergency situations; and more.

Research the area you plan to hike – know what type of terrain, wildlife, and weather conditions you may encounter

Before you head out on a hike, it’s important to be aware of the environment and terrain you’ll be tackling. Research the area thoroughly to find out what type of wildlife, plants, and other obstacles may cross your path. Also, check up on weather conditions such as temperature and rainfall so you know how best to dress for the hike and whether or not it’s safe to set out in the first place.

Pack essential items like a first-aid kit, map/GPS device, water bottle, snacks, sun protection gear (hat/sunglasses), etc.

In addition to researching your destination before heading out on the trail, make sure to pack essential items such as a first-aid kit, a map or GPS device (in case of getting lost), a water bottle and snacks (for hydration and energy), sun protection gear (hat/sunglasses) in case of sunny days. A whistle is also important for signaling for help if necessary. It’s also advisable to bring extra clothing layers for added warmth in case temperatures drop unexpectedly during your hike.

Let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return

Before you set out on your hike, make sure someone knows where you’re going and when you expect to return. This way, if anything happens during the course of your hike, help can be sent quickly.

Dress appropriately for weather conditions

It’s important to dress appropriately for the weather conditions that you’ll encounter along your hike. Make sure to wear layers so you can adjust as needed and avoid being too hot or too cold. Wear sturdy shoes or boots to provide good support and traction on slippery terrain, and choose clothing that is breathable, lightweight and comfortable. Synthetic fabrics are preferable over cotton because they tend to dry faster in case of sudden downpours or sweat build-up from physical exertion.

Stay on established trails whenever possible and follow all posted signs or warnings

Stay alert to your environment and any changes that may occur. Pay attention to the terrain and watch out for any signs of danger, such as slippery rocks, loose gravel, unstable ground, etc. If you come across a potentially hazardous area, backtrack until you find a safe way around it. Don’t take risks that could put yourself in danger.

Avoid carrying large amounts of cash

Bring only enough money for food or emergencies. It’s not wise to carry large amounts of cash while hiking, since this can make you an easy target for thieves or predators. Bring only enough money for food or emergency situations. Also bring identification, such as a driver’s license or passport in case you need to identify yourself.

In case of medical emergency situations, know what to do

If something happens and you need medical assistance while out on the trail, it’s important to be prepared before heading out on your hike. Make sure to bring a first-aid kit and know how to use it. Also, be familiar with the area in case you need help locating emergency services or medical facilities nearby. It’s also a good idea to carry a GPS device so you can easily locate your exact position if needed.

If possible carry a cell phone with an emergency contact programmed in it

When hiking, it’s a good idea to carry a cell phone with you in case of an emergency. Make sure the battery is fully charged and an emergency contact (such as a family member or close friend) is programmed in the device. That way, if something happens, help can be sent quickly.

Avoid hiking alone; always have at least one other person with you who is familiar with the area

It’s important to never hike alone. Make sure there is always at least one other person with you that is familiar with the area and knows what to do in case of an emergency. This can greatly reduce the risk of something happening, as well as provide a sense of security if something does happen.

Bring food and water for energy and hydration

Make sure to bring enough food and water for your entire hike, plus extra in case of emergencies or unexpected delays. Dehydration is a common problem among hikers, so make sure to drink plenty of fluids throughout your hike in order to avoid it. High-energy snacks are also recommended so you’ll have enough fuel for the journey ahead.

Know basic navigation techniques before heading out into unfamiliar territory

If you’re heading out into unfamiliar territory, make sure to know basic navigation techniques such as map reading and compass use. This will help you find your way if something goes wrong or if there are no trails in the area. Knowing these skills can also help you avoid getting lost in the first place.

Finally, check the weather before going on a hike

It’s always a good idea to check the weather before going on a hike so that you can plan accordingly. Make sure to dress appropriately for the conditions and be aware of any potential storms or other hazards that could affect your hike. Knowing what to expect can help ensure that you have an enjoyable time on the trail. Hiking is an activity that many people enjoy, but it’s important to take safety precautions before heading out into the wilderness.


Hiking is an enjoyable and rewarding outdoor activity, but it is important to keep safety in mind. Make sure to dress appropriately for the weather, bring enough food and water, know basic navigation techniques and check the weather before heading out on your hike. Always have at least one other person with you who is familiar with the area, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash. If something happens while you’re out on the trail, make sure you know what to do in case of emergency situations. By following these safety tips and precautions, you can ensure that your next hiking adventure will be a safe and memorable one!


What should I wear when out on a hike?

It’s important to dress appropriately for the weather and terrain. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that won’t restrict your movement and make sure to have appropriate footwear for the type of hiking you’re doing (e.g., boots or sneakers). Layering is also recommended so you can easily adjust your clothing if needed.

How much food and water should I bring?

You should bring enough food and water for the entire duration of your hike plus extra in case of emergencies or unexpected delays. High-energy snacks such as trail mix are recommended, as well as plenty of fluids to stay hydrated throughout the journey.

What should I do if I get lost or something happens while on a hike?

If you find yourself lost, stay calm and don’t panic. If you have a cell phone with you, make sure the battery is charged and an emergency contact (e.g., family member or close friend) is added in case help needs to be sent quickly; then try to ascertain your location and retrace your steps back toward safety. It’s also important to avoid carrying large amounts of cash out on a hike in case of emergencies.

Q: What should I do if I encounter a wild animal while on a hike?

If you encounter a wild animal, stay calm and slowly back away. Do not approach the animal or try to touch it; instead, give it plenty of space and slowly move away from the area. Also, avoid making loud noises or sudden movements that could startle the animal. If possible, carry pepper spray with you in case a situation arises where you must protect yourself.

Q: Are there any other safety tips I should be aware of before heading out on a hike?

Yes, there are several other safety tips to keep in mind when planning for a hiking trip. Make sure you tell someone where you’re going and when you plan to return; bring enough supplies for the entire duration of your hike; stay on established trails whenever possible; avoid traveling alone; and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

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