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OUTDOOR PREPAREDNESS

Are you someone who appreciates the great outdoors? Cheryl has a deep passion for exploring different national parks and uncovering nature's hidden gems to revel in its beauty. Whether you're gearing up for a day hike or planning a vacation to immerse yourself in the wonders of Mother Nature, here's a list of essential items to pack in your backpack.

  • Water

  • Snacks

  • A hat & sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

  • Bug repellent 

  • Umbrella & rain jacket

  • Appropriate & comfortable shoes (eg: hiking boots)

  • First aid kit including mask, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes

  • Cell phone w/ camera

  • Paper trail maps

  • Spare cash

  • Matches

  • A change of clothes 

  • Photo identification

  • Compass

  • Bear spray

  • Multi-tool

  • Whistle

  • Flashlight/batteries

  • NOAA weather radio

  • Necessary medications (EpiPen, inhaler, eye drops, etc)

  • Winter hat, gloves/mittens, scarf, hand warmers, warm socks and a blanket if in cold climate

Cheryl Nelson at Zion National Park

OTHER TIPS

  • Share your plans with a family member or friend

  • Check your local weather forecast

  • Familiarize yourself with the trail maps

  • Wear the right shoes/boots for the conditions

  • Watch for wildlife

  • Avoid hazards such as ice or uneven terrain

  • Don't litter. Leave only your own footprints

Do you have a TICK BITE? After removing your tick, don't dispose it.  You can get peace of mind by getting it tested for diseases like lyme and more!  Find out how in my blog.

Prepare for Tick Bites
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