A great way to really escape from the tedium of everyday life is to go camping or hiking as the fresh air and natural scenery is a sure way to reset your brain and rid your mind of any stress. Of course, hiking can be a stressful ordeal if you’re not prepared for it. There are a few hiking accessories you should always have on you, allowing you to protect yourself if injuries occur whilst climbing.
Accident Advice Helpline recognises the danger that can be posed to unprepared hikers with sun stroke and dehydration, two things you want to avoid by preparing yourself properly for a hike. Our job is to help safeguard you from harm so we have taken the time to put together a list of things you should take anytime you go hiking.
Top 5 hiking accessories you should always have on you
- Map – Even the most experienced hikers can get lost so it’s of paramount importance that you bring a map with you to guide you on your hike. Some hikers choose to bring a GPS, these technology devices can be handy but often lose signal, therefore always hold a map as a back-up.
- Sunscreen – It is possible to get sunburnt without it being sunny. Even if it is cloudy cover your body in sun cream, reapply this ever 2 hours.
- Keep warm – Jackets, scarves, gloves and thermal underwear are a must to prevent hypothermia in the freezing cold.
- Food – Everyone’s favourite on the tick list. It’s important not to forget food, even if you’re only going hiking for a few hours. If you fall over, your sugar levels can plummet and something to eat can help replenish your glucose. Food also keeps your energy levels high.
- First aid kit. Last, but definitely not least. Bring some basic first aid supplies to patch yourself up in the event of a fall. This should include plasters, sterile wash and bandages.
Did you suffer an injury while hiking that was someone else’s fault?
Our aim at Accident Advice helpline is to help you claim compensation for any injuries that you sustain as a result of anyone else being careless or negligent. If someone knocked you over on a hike, you might sustain serious injuries due to the terrain. Call our helpline open 24- hours on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 to start a claim with a friendly and helpful advisor.
Date Published: February 21, 2017
Author: Accident Advice