When you go out into any park you always need to be prepared for the unexpected. Here are some suggestions to help you in your planning.
- Wear layers
- Wear clothing that stays warm when wet and dries quickly
- Wear sturdy footwear
- Protect yourself from the sun with a hat and sunscreen
Take It With You
Carry a backpack with everything you will need in case you have to stay out longer than planned. Don't leave valuables unattended in your parked car.
- Map of the area
- Cell phone (but remember, they don't always work in remote areas!)
- Water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Compass and whistle
- Pocket Knife
- Matches or a Lighter
- Candle and / or flashlight
- Thermal blanket
- Clothing for a change in weather (gloves, hat, raincoat)
Plan Your Hike
- Make a plan and stick with it
- Check maps, trail guides and signage before you head out
- Check the weather
- Tell your plan to a friend or family member so if you don't return on time they can contact emergency service
- Be prepared in case you have to stay out longer than planned
- Hike in a group
- Stay on marked trails
- If you get lost, ensure you are visible and stay where you are until help arrives
Keep the Wild in Wildlife
Enjoy wildlife from a distance. Discourage animals from approaching you.
Never feed wild animals. Once fed human food, the animal may become dependent. Animals often eat wrappers along with the food, causing illness or even death.
Inform others. If you see other visitors approaching or feeding wildlife, let them know that their actions are a danger to themselves and the animal. Report the offender's license plate or other identifying information to a park employee.
You can also print out a trip planner provided by PEP by clicking here.
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