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 am passionate about the diverse beauty and character of South Carolina. I am proud to be a part of the effort to develop and maintain the Palmetto Trail and all of the opportunities that it provides.
- Jeff Archie
Palmetto Conservation Board Member from South Carolina Electric & Gas
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND. The only souvenirs a hiker should come home with are photographs and happy memories. (And maybe an improved fitness level!)