Eco-Friendly Hiking and Safety Tips for Hikers

Explore eco-friendly hiking practices and safety tips for hikers for a responsible adventure. Leave no trace & prioritize safety on trails.

Planning to embark on an exciting hike or camping trip around Nairobi? It’s essential to keep some essential safety tips in mind and maintain an eco-friendly approach. Hiking in Kenya is an awe-inspiring experience. If you love hiking and nature, you’ll love exploring the best trails and destinations in Kenya. Kenya’s network of hiking trails offers something for everyone. From easy walks to challenging climbs up Aberdare range trails, Mount Elgon, Mount Kenya, and beyond.

In this blog post, we’ll cover some important safety measures, environmental respect practices, and first-aid tips to keep you and your fellow hikers safe and happy on the trails. Plus, we’ll share some exciting upcoming hiking events this weekend and in the future. Get a copy of our 2024 hiking events calendar.

Preparation before the Hike – Safety Tips for Hikers

Before you set off on your adventure, make sure to:

  • Choose the right hiking gear: Visit a hiking gear shop to pick outdoor clothingfootwear, and equipment that suit the trail’s conditions and your skill level. 
  • Research: Learn about the trail, its difficulty level, and the expected terrain.
  • Pack essentials: Bring a map, compass, first-aid kit, whistle, water, snacks, extra clothing, and a flashlight.
  • Check the weather: Be prepared for sudden changes in weather. Mountain weather in nature is unpredictable.
  • Inform others: Ensure someone knows your planned trip or the route you will be using. Importantly, the expected duration of your adventure. Your friends and family are prepared for a great trip, but accidents do happen. Hence, remember to stay calm if something goes wrong. Make sure to write down any emergency contact information at destination entry Points. For example, Kenya Wildlife Service provides a book to record emergency information and also your details.

Staying Safe on the Trail – Safety Tips for Hikers

While on your hike, follow these guidelines to ensure a safe trip:

  1. Stay on marked trails: Straying off the path can be hazardous and damage the natural environment. Also, it’s an easy way to get lost. I am sure you don’t want that.  
  2. Keep a steady pace: It’s essential not to strain yourself. Take breaks to rest, hydrate, and enjoy the scenery. It’s not a competition. 
  3. Know your limits: Be mindful of your physical abilities, and don’t push yourself beyond them. Additionally, refrain from hiking alone.
  4. Apply sunscreen: Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by applying sunscreen before your hike.
  5. Avoid unknown flora and fauna: Be cautious and avoid getting too close to plants, insects, or animals that you are not familiar with. 

First-Aid Tips – Safety Tips for Hikers

In case of an emergency, consider these basic first-aid tips:

  • Cuts and scrapes: Clean the wound with water, apply antibiotic ointment, and cover it with a bandage.
  • Twisted ankle: Apply Deep Heat Spray. Alternatively, pack a cold compress bottle. It can be homemade.
  • Heat exhaustion: Find shade, drink water, and use a cold compress to cool down.

Going Green – Eco-Friendly Hiking

Preserve trails and natural environment by adhering to the following practices:

  • Leave no trace: Carry out whatever you bring in — including trash and leftover food.
  • Respect wildlife: Observe animals from a safe distance, and don’t feed them.
  • Minimize campfire impact: Use a camp stove or designated fire rings if available, and never leave a fire unattended.
  • Bring reusable bottles for your hikes and camps. Avoid dumping plastic on the trails.
a famous Kenyan hiker on top of mount Kenya Lenana peak

Hiking Community in Kenya; Safety Tips for Hikers

Join our vibrant and growing community of outdoor enthusiasts. We organize hiking events in Nairobi, making it simple for you to participate. Weekend hiking events are an excellent opportunity to experience nature with like-minded individuals. You can also look forward to upcoming events, such as hiking events in 2024. Also, get valuable insights, gear recommendations, and outdoor adventure event updates. 

Nairobi Mountain and Hiking Gear Store

Consider visiting our local store, the Nairobi Mountain and Hiking Gear Store. We cater to outdoor enthusiasts, hikers, and campers. Find relevant information about upcoming events and the best environmentally friendly gear. Find Hiking Friends and Activities

Kenya Hiking Community Contacts

+254 729 257 317 or + 254 734 417 496

We always welcome our readers to share their safety and environmental tips that have been useful during hikes and camping trips in Nairobi. Join the conversation and contribute to our collective knowledge!

Stay safe, have fun, and enjoy the beautiful landscapes Nairobi has to offer, all while protecting our trails and destinations!

Happy New Year, Happy Outdoors, Happy Hiking.