Carry basic safety items such as fire starters, a flashlight, and a whistle, even for a day hike. If worst comes to worst, the warmth of a fire and a hot drink can help prevent hypothermia. Fire is also a great way to signal for help if you get lost. If lost, you’ll also want the whistle as it is more effective than using your voice to call for help (use three short bursts for SOS). And just in case you’re out later than planned, a flashlight/headlamp is a must-have item to see your map and where you’re walking.
I have the best job a retired person could have. I get to spend time in the woods a couple times a week and get to contribute to the community by providing paths to nature for folks to enjoy.
- Jim Majors
Palmetto Conservation Upstate Trails Coordinator
WHEN BRINGING A PET on a hike, be sure to keep it on a leash and under control. Don’t forget to pack out pet waste as well.