Hiking Safety Tips
For New Hampshire Hiking
Around lake Winnipesaukee
These hiking safety tips should be followed every time you start off on
New Hampshire hiking trails.
- Bring plenty of water - at least two quarts per person per day. The water in streams and rivers should be left for the wildlife. Even though it looks clean, it could make you sick.
- Check the weather before you head out and be prepared for changes. When you hike in the mountains, the weather can change quickly.
- Don't walk off the trail - this could increase your chances of getting injured or lost. It's always a good idea to take a trail map with you.
- Make frequent stops - It's important to rest often and stay hydrated as well as eat the right foods. A healthy trail mix with nuts, dried fruit and berries will keep your energy levels up.
- Wear appropriate boots for good ankle support. Also, dress in layers but avoid cotton. When cotton gets wet, it dries very slowly and will keep you chilled. Carry a rain and wind resistant jacket.
- Avoid poisonous plants and insects. Wear clothing that covers exposed skin to avoid brushing against poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac.
- Biting insects such as mosquitoes and black flies are generally a nuisance. A good insect repellent with DEET is effective in keeping them away.
- Also follow these
for a fun and uneventful hike.
These hiking safety tips, if followed, will give you a more pleasurable hike around New Hampshire. Even if you have hiked a particular trail before, you should still follow these tips as a precaution. You might encounter new sights and sounds especially if you go at a different time of year.