During the Trip: Assess & Adjust

Students on a kayak trip wearing US Coast Guard approved life jackets
Students on a kayaking field trip at River Raisin National Battlefield Park

NPS

Keep wildlife wild by following park regulations to enjoy wildlife from the safety of your car or from a safe distance (25 yards to 100 yards); do not touch, feed or disturb wildlife, watch out for wildlife on roadways
Keep Wildlife Wild

NPS Illustration

Some trails have log books at the trailhead. If available, sign the book and note your return time.
Unless you encounter a safety hazard, stick to your intended route during your activity. Your emergency contact will not know your new route and it will be difficult for Search & Rescue authorities to find you. If something impacts your activity, you may be better off turning around than taking a new route.
Reduce your risk of a serious injury by staying on trail and avoiding shortcuts. Many serious outdoor accidents happen when people go off the designated trail or walkway.
If traveling as a group, stay together. Separating from the main group could lead to a lost or injured group member.
These principles reduce your risk of injury and minimize your impact on the environment. Learn more at lnt.org
Make sure that you are feeling well and are not experiencing conditions such as tiredness, dehydration, heat illness, etc. Also keep an eye out for environmental hazards (e.g. weather changes, wildlife). Determine whether you should keep going, take a break, or turn around. If traveling in a group, the Safety Leader(s) should watch for changes in group members’ health and for environmental hazards.