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Recommendations for Summer Hiking

Foto de Huellas Latinas. Split Rock State Park - May 2023

Recommendations for Summer Hiking

Summer is the ideal time to get out and explore nature through hiking. However, weather conditions can be dangerous if you don’t take the proper precautions. 

Let’s take a look at some important recommendations you should consider before going out hiking during the summer.

Check temperatures

Before going for a walk, it is important to check the day’s temperatures. High temperatures can be dangerous if you don’t take the right measures. If you are walking during the day, it is recommended that you go out in the early morning or late afternoon when temperatures are cooler. If temperatures are too high, consider rescheduling your hike for another day.

Wear appropriate clothing for the weather

Clothing is an important part of any hike. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing for the weather. If it is hot, wear light, breathable clothing that allows air to circulate. If there is a chance of rain, wear a rain jacket to protect yourself. Also, be sure to wear comfortable shoes suitable for hiking.

Foto de Huellas Latinas. Grand Portage State Park – May 2023

Take care of the sun: Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats.

The sun can be dangerous during the summer, especially when you are outdoors for long periods. Use sunscreen with a high sun protection factor to avoid sunburn and long-term skin damage. Also, wear sunglasses and a hat to protect your eyes and head from the sun’s rays.

Use mosquito and tick repellent.

Insects such as mosquitoes and ticks can be a problem during the summer. Use a repellent to protect yourself from mosquitoes and be sure to check your body for ticks after walking in areas with tall vegetation. If you find a tick, carefully remove it with tweezers.

Check yourself for ticks before going home.

After walking, it is important to check yourself carefully for ticks. Ticks can transmit serious diseases such as Lyme disease. If you find a tick, remove it carefully and monitor for any symptoms of infection over the next few days.

Stay hydrated and have enough snacks.

It is important to stay hydrated during summer hiking. Carry enough water for the entire hike and be sure to drink regularly. Adding electrolytes might be a good option. It is also advisable to bring snacks such as fruit and granola bars to keep your energy levels up and avoid fatigue.

Foto de Huellas Latinas. Como Park – July 2023

Anticipate possible allergies

In summer, many people suffer from allergies due to pollen and other allergens in the air. If you are prone to allergies, be sure to carry any medication you need. Also, consider wearing a scarf to avoid breathing in airborne allergens.

Summer hiking can be a wonderful experience, as long as proper precautions are taken. Before you go hiking, check temperatures, wear appropriate clothing, protect yourself from the sun and insects, check your body after hiking, stay hydrated, bring snacks, and consider allergies. By following these precautions, you will be able to enjoy nature safely and comfortably during the summer.


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