By Eh Ler Tha, Communications Coordinator and Outdoor Outreach Field Instructor
While the outdoors are one of the safest spaces to explore during the COVID-19 pandemic, we always want to make sure we’re doing so safely. We put together a list of 6 tips with the help of our experienced staff, for hiking safely in San Diego or wherever you love to explore!
- Plan Ahead and Prepare: Check the weather forecast and trail conditions before heading out. Look up trail maps to get a better understanding of the location or use an app that has trail maps like the AllTrails App. Bring a fully charged phone in case you need to make phone calls or use it as a flashlight. However, don’t expect to have cell phone service. Always remember to bring snacks and at least one liter of water per person. Bringing a First Aid Kit is recommended. Be sure to pack a warm layer of clothing in your daypack. Most importantly, don’t forget your face mask!
- Dress Appropriately: Wear shoes that are comfortable and have good traction like hiking boots with a sturdy sole. No sneakers or sandals!
- Inform Others: Before heading out, inform a friend or family members about where you’re going. It’s important to have people know your whereabouts in case of an emergency. Lastly, be sure to follow Leave No Trace guidelines!
- Sun Protection: Apply sunscreen before getting on trail. Wear a hat to stay protected from the sun. Wearing sunglasses will help protect your eyes AND make you look cool out on the trail!
- Stay on trails: It’s important to stay on designated trails to prevent getting lost and maintain protected habitat.
- Be Aware of Your Surroundings: Expect to see other people and pets on the trail. If you are hiking with a group, make sure to stay single-file when others are on the trail.