Walking vacations are a good opportunity to learn how to be scouts again
. And great to share this with children too. Be prepared with maps, compass, rain gear, pocketknife, matches and a whistle. You can buy mini emergency kits on eBay for a tenner.
Write down the local emergency numbers before you set out
, including mountain rescue, if relevant. And always tell someone where you are going. Make sure your mobile phone is charged too.
Be wary of lightning storms
and, if they do occur, get below the treeline and stay away from summits or isolated trees. Stay as low as you can.
One of the most common causes for mountain rescue is hypothermia
usually brought about by exhaustion and injury. So make sure you have enough food and water and the right layers. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland
is a font of knowledge on all things.
If you are on a self guided walking vacation, always check get a detailed weather forecast
before you set out and if you are in the mountains, turn back if the weather turns bad. The World Meteorological Organisation
Hiking in extreme heat can be dangerous and deaths do, tragically occur
. Some vacation companies in very hot climates donít offer trips in the height of summer anyway. But if the weather does turn very hot, always walk early in the morning and late in the afternoon in cover up and drink lots. Consider adding rehydration powders to your water for extra salts and sugars that help your body cope with the heat.