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Before you head out for your next adventure, it's important to prepare for weather and safety. Follow the tips below to have a safe, comfortable, and fun outdoor experience in Central PA. 

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1. plan
  • Choose your destination and date. Check the weather and get directions before you leave. Give yourself plenty of time to explore before sunset. Cell service may be limited in some areas, so remember that the map service on your phone may not work everywhere. If bringing your pup, confirm that pets are allowed.

  • Some restroom facilities may be closed depending on the destination. Use the restroom before leaving.

2. consider clothing

  • Wear clothing that is a good fit for your destination and the weather.

  • Comfortable sneakers or hiking shoes or boots are suitable for most sites. Sandals are not recommended.

  • Sun Protection: Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat on your adventure. 

3. pack like a pro

  • Bring your own reusable, filled water bottle. On hotter days and longer walks/hikes, bring extra water to stay properly hydrated.

  • Pack a light snack or lunch, especially if taking a longer walk or hike.

  • Carry a charged cell phone for photos and phone calls.

  • Other items to consider: bug spray, first aid kit, walking stick, binoculars, child carrier pack, bags for cleaning up after pets.

  • You are responsible for carrying out everything you carry in with you, including food scraps, wrappers, dog waste, etc.

4. prevent ticks

  • Ticks are most commonly found in grassy, brushy or wooded areas. 

  • Use EPA registered repellents designed for direct application to skin to repel insects.

  • Walk in the center of trails

  • Check your clothing and hiking gear for ticks when you come back inside.

  • Be sure to check under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, back of knees, in an around the hair, between the legs and around the waist.

  • If possible, shower/bathe within 2 hours of your hike or walk.

  • If you see a tick on you, follow CDC guidelines.

4. respect others

  • Whether it’s a fellow hiker, a blooming flower, or a critter beneath your feet, be sure to be considerate of what’s around you. 

  • Spending time in nature allows us to experience the abundance of natural resources that exist in our backyard. Let’s leave it that way! Flowers, mushrooms, ferns, and trees love where they live – by not picking them as you’re passing by, others may get the chance to appreciate them as well.  

  • When it comes to other hikers on the trail, be mindful of trail etiquette. Yield to those traveling uphill as they climb their way to their destination, and keep an ear out for those looking to pass by. 

  • Respecting wildlife can look as easy as a ‘thumbs up’! With an arm extended in front of you, give a thumbs up and close one eye. If you can cover the creature in front of you with your whole thumb, you are a safe enough distance away from it. 

  • Learn even more about respecting wildlife and others in the outdoors. 

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