Thinking about getting out into the great outdoors with friends and family this summer?
If you're not an experienced outdoor enthusiast (yet), here are a few quick hiking safety tips to keep in mind:
**Do not drink water from ponds or streams unless you have treated it first by boiling, filtering, or using purification tablets.
**Carry a day pack containing essential gear. You'll want to carry - rain gear, a layer for warmth, high energy snacks, a first aid kit, a whistle, sunscreen, and insect repellent.
**Be sure to carry enough fresh water to get you through your day.
**Dress appropriately for the season and wear appropriate hiking shoes or boots. Layers are the best choice for trying to meet varying weather conditions. Avoid cotton since it insulates poorly when wet and dries very slowly.