Hiking & Camping Safety

Hiking & camping provide exercise and interest for people of any age.  Since unexpected things happen, however, the best way to help guarantee a good time for all is to plan ahead carefully and follow commonsense safety precautions.


  • If you have any medical conditions, discuss your plans with your health care provider and get approval before departing.
  • Review the equipment, supplies and skills that you'll need.  Consider what emergencies could arise and how you would deal with those situations.  Be prepared for any emergency.  Bring a First Aid Kit.  Not sure what to bring, see our Anatomy of a First Aid Kit.
  • Know how to read a compass, erect a temporary shelter or give first aid, if necessary.
  • Don't go hiking or camping alone, always go with at least one companion. 
  • Be careful not to hike or camp on private property.
  • Pack emergency signaling devices.
  • Let a responsible adult know where you are planning on hiking.


Get trained in CPR & first aid.  Check out our Health & Safety Class Schedule for our upcoming classes.


Here are a few suggestions on what to bring with you.
  • candles and matches
  • cell phone
  • extra clothes
  • compass
  • first aid kit
  • flashlight
  • foil (to use as a cup or a signaling device)
  • insect repellent with DEET (read the label carefully if applying to young children)
  • map
  • pocket knife
  • mirror (to use as a signaling device)
  • a radio with extra batteries
  • sunscreen
  • trash bags (they make a good poncho in bad weather)
  • water
  • waterproof matches or matches in a waterproof tin
  • whistle (to scare off animals or to use as a signaling device)

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