Before heading out for the day, or on your first backcountry trip this year, consider these safety precautions and plan accordingly:
Driving to your destination presents many hazards and is often one of the most dangerous things we do. Higher elevation roads, such as the Kancamagus may still experience black ice. It is not uncommon to have an April snowstorm.
There is spotty cell phone service throughout the forest, make sure you carry extra supplies in your vehicle at all times.
Hypothermia is possibly anytime of the year. Always carry extra layers of clothes - you may need to share them with your friends.
Leave your itinerary with friends and/or family. Where will you park your vehicle? What trail will you be hiking on? Do you foresee any alternative routes/plans? It is a lot easier to find you if multiple people have your recreation plan written down.
Be aware of your surroundings - use good judgment and if in doubt keep in the mind that the forest will always be here for another day.
If you are planning to spend any amount of time outside it is best to overpack gear. Bring extras of everything.
When packing your gear for the day, take the time to include the 10 essentials:
extra food and water
flashlight or headlamp
first aid kit
And don't forget to visit the hikeSafe website for season-specific considerations for every season. Be safe and enjoy.