BEFORE THE TRIP
1. Leave with family/friend: backcountry safety plan
AT THE TRAILHEAD
1. Leave in your car: shoe/boot make and model; hiking shoe sole imprint (make a boot print in aluminum foil, mark your name with a marker, and leave it on your dash); description of hiking clothes; emergency contacts; second cheap digital camera with group picture in memory.
Note: There is controversy about how much info to leave in cars at trailheads. Some think leaving how long you are out and route is not a good idea.
2. Keep on your person: safety plan; medical ID tag
ON THE TRAIL
1. Trail registers: sign in and out for an extra safety measure.
2. Rangers/hikers on the trail: talk to any Rangers you see and introduce yourself, most important if hiking solo.
OFF THE TRAIL
1. Make contact with family/friend who is holding your backcountry safety plan.
Medical ID tag
You: (name; address; phone)
Next of Kin: (relationship; name; address; phone)
Family Physician: (name; address; phone)
Work: (company; address; phone)
Health Insurance: (name; policy #; phone)
Medical History: such as heart ds, lung ds, diabetes
Medications: blood pressure pills, etc.
Allergies: prescription drugs, bee sting, etc.