To Hike Or Not To Hike: 5 Dangers To Watch Out For

Hiking is perhaps one of the outdoor activities that everyone can enjoy, regardless of skill or experience level. From the well-maintained paths of a National Park to the blazing new trails in the rugged outback, hiking lets you go toe-to-toe with nature. While hiking is a great way to get in touch with your wild side, some unforeseeable dangers may come into play at any time. 

Even though every hike is different, it is worth your time to brush up on what pitfalls you may run into on the trail and how you can stay as safe as possible as you commune with the wild world around you. The following are what survivalists say to look out for when hiking in the great outdoors

When It Rains, It Pours

The weather can change on a dime, and nothing is worse than getting out into the middle of nowhere and storm clouds threatening your fun. Check the forecast before heading out into the unknown to be fully prepared for inclement weather. It won't hurt to carry some rain gear and dress in layers if you get caught in a downpour. 

King Of The Jungle

Whether we want to admit it, we are not always the apex predators in the wilderness. While you might not be planning a hike in a lion's territory, you can ensure that wild animals don't always have your best interest at heart, primarily if you stray from the trail. Stay out of harm's way by staying on the designated path or trial, and do some research about the animals that inhabit the area before you hike. 

Know What Bugs You

Flying insects are prevalent on many trails, and some don't give up after the first sting. Yellowjackets and hornets will come for you, and they are formidable foes. While an insect sting may not seem like a big deal, it can be at the very least uncomfortable and itchy. At its worst, insect stings can cause allergic reactions that lead to life-threatening situations. Avoid nests and have a plan if you get stung by a flying nemesis. 

All Water Is Not Created Equally

When your hike leads you by or stream or river, it's good to remember that not all water is created equally. Fording a body of water comes with its own set of risks you should be prepared to tackle. Not only can your gear get soaked and swept away, but you may be in for the ride of your life yourself. Avoid unwanted water hazards by crossing only where you are sure it is possible, and be cautious of strong currents. 

Keep This In Mind

Hiking is only fun when you get back home safely. Keep these safety tips in mind, and enjoy your hike!