Know Your Ability – If you haven’t been hiking or exercising regularly, start with very easy hikes – short with little elevation gain.
Water – Bring one or two quarts of water per hiker. Drink plenty of it, especially on hot, sunny days.
Sturdy Shoes – Wear sturdy shoes, preferably lug-soled for better traction. Many trails are steep and uneven.
Sunscreen – Don’t forget it. You can even get sunburned on a cloudy day.
Wear a Hat – A large brim hat will keep the sun off your face.
Insect Repellant – Keep the bugs at bay.
Light Colored Clothing – On warm, sunny days, light colored clothing can make a tremendous difference.
Bring a Friend – It’s always safer to hike with a friend or with a group.
Have Fun! – Stop to smell the flowers, and enjoy the view.