Celebrate National Wilderness Month — Hit the Trails in Comfort!
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Where To Go
There’s no shortage of wilderness areas throughout our country. Start with the 110 million acres protected by the Wilderness Act, thanks to President Lyndon B. Johnson. Twenty million of those acres in 26 states are within the National Wildlife Refuge System, the governmental entity that oversees our national network of lands and waters, safeguarding it for the benefit of present and future generations of Americans.
Not near a refuge area? Plan a visit to a national park instead! Hike the Rockies or explore Mammoth Cave or watch the wild horses on Assateague Island—from the Atlantic to the Pacific, our National Park Service has plenty to see and plenty to do for kids and grownups alike.
What To Bring
When planning your wilderness adventure, the key word to remember is “outdoors.” That means you’ll be sharing the space with everything from tiny mosquitoes to much larger inhabitants (think bears and bison, to name a few)!
To make the most of your outdoor excursion, undertake some pre-planning. The National Park Service website can provide you with background on what you’ll find (flora and fauna!) as well as any park rules and hours. Thinking of bringing Fido? Unfortunately, National Park trails do not allow dogs, leashed or loose.
Tip #1: Take out what you take in.
In other words, whatever food wrappers, cutlery or containers you used during your al fresco picnic in the wild should be with you when you are back in your car heading home. So pack a trash bag to hold your debris.
Leftover food? Don’t leave it for the animals! Feeding any wildlife is illegal in all national parks!
Tip #2: Prepare for the unexpected.
Better safe than sorry is the rule, so tuck the following in your backpack:
- a first aid kit (for splinters, blisters and rash attacks)
- a map and compass (cell service can be sketchy)
- binoculars (to find your way)
- a whistle (in case you need to attract attention)
- and a headlamp, flashlight or matches (in case it gets darker faster than you expected)
Tip #3: Know the rules.
Planning to hunt or fish? Get your license before you head out into the wilderness, a requirement at most National Parks where fishing is permitted. Being prepared for your adventure will save a lot of hassle and headache.
What To Wear
Mother Nature can be an unpredictable hostess. Just because it’s sunny and eighty at noon doesn’t mean it will be the same by nightfall.
With that in mind, pack the right gear: a jacket and hat (in case of rain or cooler temps), a scarf and gloves (depending on where you’re going and how high up you’re climbing) and at least one extra pair of socks – cold, wet feet equal a miserable hiking experience!
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Wherever your path takes you during National Wilderness Month, go in comfort, style and safety—and have a great time!
Sources: National Park Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, The Wilderness Society