On Public Lands
- When taking a trip, make sure to let someone know your plans.
- Become familiar with the destination area and know the rules and regulations.
- Obtain maps and weather reports specific to the area.
- Dress properly for expected conditions; be prepared for rapidly changing conditions.
- Carry supplies for the length of time expected to be gone.
- Carry enough water for everyone on the trip -- don't drink from streams, ponds, or lakes, except in emergency situations or when water has been properly treated.
- Lock and secure your vehicle at trailheads or parking lots.
- If you become LOST, stay in the same location, prepare a shelter, provide for water needs, and make a safe fire.
Essential Items to Carry
- Cell phone
- Compass and/or Global Positioning System (GPS) device
- Rain gear
- Signaling devices (mirror and whistle)
- Survival kit
- Basic first-aid supplies
- High-energy snack
- Other fire starter
- Space blanket
While On Your Trip
- Stay on trails and avoid cutting switchbacks.
- Pack it in, pack it out.
- Respect other trail users.
- Always keep dogs on a leash for their protection and for the protection of wildlife.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
- View wildlife from a distance.
- Do NOT feed wildlife. Although feeding songbirds is okay, it may attract other animals.