Hiking Safety

Stay Hydrated 

It's extremely important to bring enough water on your hiking trip to avoid dehydration. Dehydration can cause headaches, dry mouth, dizziness, and could even make you feel sleepy. 

 

Most trails take at least 2-3 hours to complete, and summer temperatures can be hot, especially when walking uphill. Be sure to pack at least 2-3 litres of water.

A great way to make sure you have enough water is taking a water filter with you. The LifeStraw® Go Water bottle allows you to scoop water from a river or pond, and through the award-winning technology, you will have a supply of clean water that is safe enough to drink.

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Make a Gear List

Create a gear list so that you don't forget anything! On top of extra clothing, navigation, and shelter, it's always good to have an Emergency Preparedness Kit.

 

Our Emergency Preparedness Kit for Hiking/Biking equips you with the basic necessities to face injuries in the wild with ease. Supplies include: 

1 Light Stick  

1 Food Bar (409 cal) 

1 5 in One Survival Aid  

2 Emergency Waters (125ml) 

1 Emergency Poncho  

1 Waterproof Matches (40/Box)  

10 Antiseptic Wipes (Benzalkonium Chloride/BZK)

1 Multi-tool  

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Keep your 4 legged friend safe

Taking your pet on a hike with you can be fun - but make sure you are prepared!

Don't just take your pet on a hike right away. Make sure they are physically ready depending on the length of the trail. You don't want them to get too tired and not be able to finish.

 

Be sure to pack extra water for them, keep them on a leash for their safety, and take a Pet First Aid Kit with you. Our kit is equipped with everything they would need. 

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Hike During the Day

Always hike during the day. Hiking in the evening can pose dangers because it is easier to get lost in the dark and you are harder to find by rescue groups. There is also a higher risk for injury because you can lose your footing and fall.  

 

If you plan to do a trip that is longer than a day, plan ahead and find a camping spot to rest at during the night. Pick up the trail again in the morning.

Also - hiking during the day is beautiful! 

 

Hike with a buddy

Hiking with a friend or group not only gives you someone to talk to, but if something were to go wrong you are not alone to fend for yourself. 

Make sure you and your friend(s) are trained in first aid so you know what to do in case of an emergency and always tell someone who is not on the trip what trail you are doing and when you expect to be back.

Bring a Map / GPS​

Getting lost in the middle of the woods can be very overwhelming and dangerous. According to the BC Search and Rescue Association, 2016-2017 had the most rescues ever due to people getting lost or stuck.

 

This can be avoided if you properly prepare in advance. Research the trail you are hiking ahead of time, avoid taking side trails, and be sure to take a map, compass and GPS system with you. 

Map the trail out and learn how to use your equipment prior to the trip. 

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St. John Ambulance

Charitable Organization number: 10802 2500 RR0009

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