- Always inform someone on your plans. Make sure they know the area you will be in and when to expect your return. Then make sure you stick to your plan.
- Bring plenty of water. Make sure to take enough to stay properly hydrated and have extra in case a missed trail or wrong turn extends your trip.
- Take a cell phone.
- Have adequate clothing. Clothing should be lightweight, light in color, appropriate pants and long sleeve shirt. Have a hat available to protect your head and neck from the sun. Have a good set of boots with non-slip soles if possible. Tennis shoes are not adequate for hiking mountain trails.
- Know weather conditions. (Get your Valley pinpoint forecast on cbs5az.com).
- Know your limitations. If you start feeling fatigued or ill, it's alright for you to turn around and head back. Don't ignore what your body is telling you.
- Bring compass/GPS/maps. The old-fashioned compass is rapidly going way to the GPS (Global Positioning System) navigation. But compasses are still often cheaper and it's always a good idea for hikers to get familiar with one and how to use it. If you are going to use a GPS make sure you get way points and bring spare batteries. Make sure you bring an efficient map.
Source: Pinal County Sheriff's Office