Introduction to Hiking Safety

Survival Kit

It is also a good idea to carry a "survival kit" with you even during short hikes. This kit should include:

  • Windbreaker
  • First-Aid Kit
  • High Energy Snacks
  • Extra Water
  • Metal Mirror
  • Whistle
  • Matches
  • Flashlight
  • Thermal Blanket
  • Map
  • Compass

Don't Panic

When in an emergency, stay calm and think. Many dangerous and even life-threatening situations, when approached with a level head and common sense, can be resolved.

Don't give up in the midst of a crisis--be smart and follow through with your action plan. If an unexpected emergency arises, stay calm and use common sense. Don't let fear to conquer the situation before you try to resolve it.

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Riverside Hiking Examiner Cathy Flores is a freelance author currently writing a hiking guide for the San Bernardino Mountains.

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