Approximately 37% of American families say that vacations make them happy, so it makes sense if you’re already planning your family vacation for Summer 2019. Arguably, hiking in Carter County KY can be an excellent way to spend time together and discover the wonders of the great outdoors in this region. But in order to get the most out of your trip, you’ll need to come prepared. Here are some necessities you’ll need to bring along when hiking in Carter County KY and throughout the state.

  • Protective Gear: If you wear the wrong shoes on your hiking trip, you’ll come to regret it later on. Not only will you end up with sore feet and some blisters, but you could even make yourself more vulnerable to injury. Don’t take an unnecessary risk, even if you think the trail won’t be that challenging. Invest in some trail shoes or hiking boots if you’re spending any amount of time walking outside on rough terrain. You may also want to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and extra layers, as weather conditions can often be unpredictable — and you’ll want to protect your skin and your eyes at all costs.
  • Water: Simply put, you must hydrate when hiking (or doing virtually anything else). Without enough water, your muscles will become tired much more quickly. What’s more, you could also be more vulnerable to dizziness, falls, and other medical conditions. Be sure to bring more water than you think you need — and while you’re at it, bring a purifying water bottle or another method to ensure your water is safe to drink.
  • Safety Products: No one ever assumes that their attempts at tourism will result in an emergency scenario. But if you prepare for the worst, you won’t ever be caught unawares. Be sure to bring flashlights and/or headlamps, a reliable means of starting a fire, and a safety whistle to use in case you become lost or trapped. You should also bring a first aid kit along (bonus points if a family member has taken a wilderness first aid class). A Swiss Army knife or another multipurpose tool can also come in handy during emergencies, as these products can be used to make repairs and assist in certain types of injuries. While one would hope you’ll never have to use these items, it’s essential to have them should the worst occur.
  • Navigation Tools: In the digital age, many tourists are used to relying on their GPS to get them from point A to point B. But keep in mind that your phone’s navigation app may not work in certain remote areas. When hiking in Carter County KY, you may need to go back to basics. In other words, you’ll want to bring along a map and a compass. Not only will these tools be more reliable than anything that requires cell phone service, but they also provide a valuable opportunity for you to teach your children valuable skills. Make sure to decide on a route prior to setting out and to research beforehand to ensure your plan is viable.

As long as you bring these items along with you, you’ll have a wonderful time hiking in Carter County KY with your family. Of course, there are many other places to visit during your vacation in this area that the whole family will enjoy. To learn more, please contact us today.