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Outdoor Safety

Posted in Safety Tips on July 20, 2018

With summer in full swing and July being National Parks and Recreation Month, more people are traveling to state parks for hiking, biking, and geocaching. When going into the woods on trails or camping, safety needs to be your number one priority. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when enjoying the outdoors:


Before starting a hike, you should warm up and stretch to gradually increase your heart rate. This will help prepare your body for hiking. Start out slowly then increase your pace, but always let the slowest person in your group set the pace. Have a plan before starting. Leave an itinerary with someone staying behind, assign tasks to each group member, and plan your trip ahead of time.


Camping is a fun way to spend time with family and friends outdoors. Always be prepared before going away on a camping trip. Check the weather report, security (if any) at your campsite, and local regulations for campfires. Make sure to include a first-aid kit, GPS, map, flashlight, blankets, and plenty of food and water. When you return home from a camping trip, check yourself and others for ticks, rashes, or other problems that may have occurred while camping.


Geocaching is becoming more popular all over the place. It brings the digital and physical worlds together by creating a unique treasure hunt. Geocaching could lead you to unsafe or remote locations to find treasures that have been left by strangers. Always use reputable geocache website and apps when geocaching. Make sure you phone has plenty of battery left and bring a back up battery if needed.

It’s great to spend time with family and friends outdoors. To ensure the safety of you and your loved ones, always prepare for your adventure in advance and bring along all the supplies you may need.