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 hiking tips 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.

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