Quick Tips for Campers and Hikers
(based on real life horror stories and my own personal experiences)
Read all posted signs and orders.
Good pet owners ask questions before the pet gets out of the car (leashes req? where are pets not allowed? is there flora/fauna here that could hurt my pet?).
Always be aware of your surroundings. Wildlife, natural hazards, and often other humans don't care about your well-being. At all.
That goes double for teens and solo hikers!
Read the signs.
In a group? Buddy system. Know where everyone is.
Take. A. Physical. Map. It's not "cool" to deny one, your GPS and Google Maps will fail you, and nighttime in the country is darker than nighttime in the city.
READ. THE. SIGNS.
Country people! Don't overestimate your knowledge, you can get in trouble/hurt/lost too, especially if you're out of your own region.
Not all property is park property. Not all park neighbors are friendly (America=guns/big dogs).
Ask before camping, overnight parking, or starting fires.
READ THE GODFORSAKEN SIGNS.
Parents, please please please watch your kids, have water/food/toilet paper for them, be hyper aware of dangers, etc.
Kids and pets suffer a lot on wilderness trips---or they get you in big trouble lol---when guardians aren't prepared
Rangers, and sometimes employees, are in charge of keeping people not dead. Listen to them and don't give them crap.
Tell someone where you're going, what trail or beach you're on, and how long you expect to be there. Just in case.
READ THE SIGNS!!!