If you’re embarking on an adventure holiday this summer, or you’re preparing to do a little exploring on a beach break, it’s a good idea to brush up on your survival skills and make sure you know what to do if you’re lost whilst hiking or stranded on a mountain.
Even the most experienced hikers and climbers can encounter difficulties and travel accidents can happen to anyone. Here are some top tips to help you stay safe if you’re planning to tackle mountain tracks or challenging hikes on your holidays.
What should you do if you’re lost whilst hiking?
Hiking is an excellent way to see the sights and enjoy the scenery when you’re on holiday, but it does carry risks. If you’re eager to go hiking this summer, here are some safety pointers:
- Plan your route in advance
- Charge your mobile phone beforehand
- Wear suitable shoes
- Carry a first aid kit
- Wear a whistle around your neck
- Take a torch with you
- Use a map and compass to get your bearings
- Stick to designated paths
- Make sure somebody knows where you are planning to hike and what time you expect to return
- Take bottled water and snacks with you
- Pack warm layers if you plan to be out for a long time
If you’re lost whilst hiking, use your map and compass or the GPRS system on your phone to try and navigate your way back to the path. If it’s started to get dark and you’re lost whilst hiking, use the light on your phone or your torch to guide you. Listen out for other people and try and draw attention to yourself.
In a situation where you’re lost whilst hiking and you have no signal on your phone, blow your whistle, shout for help and use your torch to try and attract the attention of others. Keep hydrated and put on any extra layers you have. Try and re-trace your steps if you think you’ve taken a wrong turning.
Compensation for holiday accidents
None of us want to jet off on holiday with a fear of being involved in accidents abroad, but sadly, holiday injuries are a reality for some. If you’ve been injured in an accident overseas and you were not at fault, call Accident Advice Helpline.
Our experienced personal injury lawyers will handle your travel claim for you, eliminating any stress and enabling you to focus on your recovery.
Call us now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile to find out more about claiming no-win, no-fee* travel accident compensation.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice