Planning a trip outside, even for a short daytime hike, should always include some essential planning and prepping steps to ensure your well-being and safety. Print off this handy checklist for yourself, a friend, or that teenager in your life to ensure that the next adventure does not go awry. It’s always better to be overly prepared for a little journey than to be underprepared for an unexpected, big adventure.
Make a Plan: It’s best to travel in pairs, or more. Buddy up and then tell someone where you are going and what time you expect to be back. Check in with them once you are home to let them know you made it safely.
Make a List:
- Hiking shoes or trail shoes to get you there and back
- Backpack to hold all the essentials
- Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat to protect yourself from the sun, even on cloudy days
- First Aid Kit for any scrapes or injuries
- Knife or multi-purpose tool
- Waterproof matches, flashlight, and whistle in case of emergency
- Food and water, including a portable purifier or purifying tablets if you run out of water
- Rain gear and some spare dry clothing
- Map and compass, because cell phone reception and GPS may not always be available
- Camping gear for overnight trips, including shelter and sleeping bag
Make No Mess: Leave no trace as you trek your way through the woods. In fact, try to leave Mother Nature more beautiful than how you found her. What you pack in, you should also pack out.
To cover some of your day trip essentials, check out the Everyday Carry Mini Survival Kits from Southern Belle Products. It covers many of the essentials above, so that you are ready for anything Mother Nature brings your way. Great for all day hikes or quick trips into the backcountry. For extended trips, the “Oh, Sh*t!” Watertight Survival Boxes will cover your ass(ets) so that you are ready for almost anything in the great outdoors.