Summer is a great time to get out your hiking boots and experience nature. Take a walk through a forest or grab your tent for a weekend in the wilderness. The American Red Cross offers tips on staying safe:
If you have a medical condition, discuss your plans with a health care provider before you go.
Make a hiking checklist and include equipment, supplies and skills you will need. Consider emergency situations.
Practice skills needed for the adventure in advance, such as reading a compass, erecting a temporary shelter or giving first aid.
Get in good physical condition before strenuous trips.
Hike with at least one companion. If going to a remote area, a minimum of four is best.
Find out about reservations or permits for the areas you plan to visit. If an area is closed, do not attempt to go.
Pack emergency signaling devices.
Leave a copy of your itinerary with a responsible person. Include car information, equipment you're bringing, weather anticipated and when you plan to return.