If you are taking the scouts for a night hike, you have to remain well prepared. Ensure to have these tips in mind so that you do not have to run in shortage at night.
Expect the unexpected: Get ready to face even the emergency situations. Everyone should know what they have to do and how they should proceed in critical situations.
Take the right kit: You need to carry suitable equipment, clothing and footwear. Ensure to carry first aid kit, survival kit and spare supplies. Before departure, the equipment has to be tested. The map reading equipment should be marked with bright materials. This way, it does not get erased even when water falls on it. Attach the map reading equipment with straps, cords or lanyards.
Shine a light: You have to carry batteries and spare torch. It should be in excellent condition. Ensure to test them before taking for the scouting. The head torches are comfortable to use. It works without carrying in hands. The angled torches are also a right option. It can be attached to your clothes and taken wherever you go. It will direct you in a comfortable manner. It is advisable for all the members to carry luminescent sticks. It does not fade away easily. It glows brightly in the dark. It is an important thing, especially for night hikes.
Rest easy: Resting helps in rejuvenate. It is important to rest whenever and wherever possible. When you get some time to rest, you have to check the equipment and reassess the situation.
Be aware: The main difficulty in the night time is a limited vision. The route markers have to be overlooked because of drastic changes in weather and poor visibility of terrain that can disorientate. Move using the natural landmarks and attach to the open areas such as silhouettes of mountains or hills.
Drink and eat regularly: The energy level is very important, especially while travelling. You should have a great amount of energy, especially during the night times. Ensure to drink sufficient water before starting to hike. When you are going for a full night walk, each member of the team should drink the water of about two liters. Maintain sufficient energy and food sources.
Stay alert: As you are going for night hiking, you have to remain alert as much as possible. Stay alert to the fragrances, noises of water and other sights around. Keep changing the leaders periodically so that every person can remain alert.