Hiking in Arizona during the summer brings plenty of enjoyment but It can also bring with it a fair amount of danger. When hiking during the summer there are several safety precautions you should take even if you think you are just headed out for a brief hike.
First, always let someone know where you are going and what route you are going to take. Also let them know when you expect to return. This should be done if you are hiking alone, going out with a partner or a group. Check trail maps and information to ensure that the hike is adequate for your skill level and that you know the route you are taking. Some trails can become confusing if you have not familiarized yourself before heading out. It is always best to take a map with you on the trail to refer to as needed.
Water, water, water. It cannot be said enough that you need plenty of water when hiking, especially in the summer and warm weather. Make sure that you drink plenty of fluids before you leave, including the day and night before. It is extremely easy to become dehydrated and that brings troubles of its own. Protein snacks are great to pack for your hike, a protein bar or something of the like.
Protect your skin from the sun with sunscreen and a hat. The summer sun is very intense and can leave you painfully burned if you are not careful. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen throughout the day as sweat and water can wash off the sunscreen you previously applied.
A whistle and a first aid kit may seem a little overboard for a day hike but it is always best to pack them for your trip. Both are small and do not take up much room in your backpack so why not be safe rather than sorry. If they are ever needed, you will be grateful to have brought them along.