You’re tired of the pavements, the car fumes and seeing that same old corner house in need of a paint, right? Maybe it’s time to take a hike. But make sure you make it back home all in one piece. The International Red Cross offers some suggestions.
Review the equipment, supplies and skills that you'll need for your outing; consider the kinds of emergencies you may encounter and plan for them; make sure that you're in proper physical condition for your adventure; it's best to hike or camp with at least three other persons – if someone becomes injured or sick, one person can stay with the victim while the others can go for help; leave a copy of your itinerary with someone – it should include details about your vehicle, a list of equipment you have with you, and your scheduled date of return.