Tips for Responsible Hiking During the Lockdown
One of the best ways to combat stress and every day anxiety during this strenuous lockdown can be through a hike. However, you should check with the local guidelines in your state or county to find out if it’s permissible to take a hike or if the lockdown is likely to ease in the coming days.
Spending time outdoors and immersed in nature has proven benefits to improving your mood and helping you feel more relaxed. As long as you follow the proper guidelines when going outside and stay safe so as to not put anyone under risk, you can indulge in your favorite outdoor activities.
Stay indoors if you experience symptoms
If you feel like you have any of the symptoms but haven’t been tested yet, refrain from going outside. It’s better to be safe and stay at home so you can get better before you dismiss the concern of having contracted the virus. Once you get tested and know that you don’t have the virus, you can wear protective gear to go outside.
Steer clear of crowded areas and hiking trails
It’s unlikely that you are alone in your desire to go on a hike, especially during this peaceful time. There will be others who want to explore nature during this time and some trails may be more popular than others. In order to stay safe, it’s important to avoid these trails and go to the lesser known one. However, make sure you have your fully charged phone with you and GPS navigation so you can find your way back easily and contact someone in case of emergency. Avoid congregating and talking to people in groups and stick to keeping your hike short and sweet.
Pack all your essentials
Make sure you keep plenty of food, water and first aid supplies in your backpack so you don’t have to borrow them or venture into a crowded grocery store to buy anything. Taking your supplies from home ensures you don’t have to ask anyone for anything and you should also avoid sharing them with someone, even your hiking partner. Include a protective mask and sanitizer in your list of essential things to pack along with the hiking gear.
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