Safety Tips

Our collection of tips to help you stay safe when venturing outdoors in the Berkshires.

Whatever your favorite activities might be, it’s important to keep safety top of mind when enjoying the outdoors! Here are a few tips to help you prepare:

  • Check the weather. Always read forecasts and consider from which direction inclement weather may be approaching. Be prepared for changes and adjust plans as needed.
  • Wear and pack the right gear. Here’s a great list of the “10 Essentials” recommended by the US Forest Service. Additionally, take precautions to avoid tick-borne illnesses, which can occur any time of year – even in winter.
  • Do not rely on your mobile device. Although GPS devices and cell phones are helpful, you should not rely on them to work consistently in the Berkshires. Even a few hundred yards up some trails there is no reception and batteries wear out at the most inconvenient times.
  • Carry a first aid kit and learn basic first aid to identify and treat injuries and illnesses including heat exhaustion, heat stroke, hypothermia, and dehydration.
  • Share your plans. Make sure to tell someone where you’ll be and for how long. Better yet, use the buddy system to enjoy the outdoors more safely!
  • Stay on the trail. Do not wander too far from the designated trail – for your own safety and to protect wildlife (including plants).
  • Be safe, be seen. Hunters and non-hunters alike should remember to “be safe, be seen.” Wearing blaze orange during hunting season dramatically reduces hunting-related accidents. Be especially vigilant during the early morning and late afternoon, when game animals are most active. Click HERE for more hunting and fishing safety tips.
  • Respect wildlife. Keep a safe distance from animals and be careful not to disturb delicate habitats.