If you are planning on doing any hiking now that it is warm, it is important that you be as safe and as practical as possible with the experience. Hiking is a fun and engaging activity that offers physical challenge and great views. It is a great way to stay in shape as well.
As long as you take the time to be prepared and you employ good technique, your hiking experience should be a safe and enjoyable one.
To begin with, it is critical to always bring water. Even if you are planning on doing a relatively short distance and the temperature is cool and inviting, water is a must. Your body will lose fluids even if you do not notice any sweating or incredible thirst. Staying hydrated and being careful with it is always worth it.
Next, always be ready for the hiking trail. Wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather and temperature and expected foliage. This may be tricky to understand, but it is essential that you never bring anything you are not ready to lose! If you must bring your wallet and keys and phone, then secure them to you or in a special pocket, so that they will remain with you no matter what.
Wearing sunscreen and covering your head is recommended. If the sun is up, it can burn your skin no matter how hot it feels outside, and protecting your head will allow you to go for a longer period of time.
Last of all, always go with someone else! Not only is the buddy system safer because it allows people to watch out for each other, but it also helps to motivate every person there to go for longer periods of time. All in all, taking a buddy along is always worth it, both for the company and the safety it brings.