NATIONAL PARK TIPS

On this page we will give you some tips that you should keep in mind if you are going to visit a national park.

 

1. The first and maybe most important tip is that you need to visit the visitor center in the national park. It doesn’t matter in which national park you are and it also doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been in a national park because every national park has other dangers and regulations. So don’t miss this one!

 

2. The second tip is to save you money and that might come in handy! If you want to visit more than 2 national parks you could buy a national park pass. With this pass you can enter every national park in the United States. This could save you a lot of money.

 

3. You should check the website of the nps (national park service). Sometimes due to the wheater or wildlife  roads are closed or some activities in the park are cancelled. So make sure you visit the official website of the national park you are going to. For more information about national parks in general you can visit the website of nps.

 

4. Safety is very important so here are tips for safe biking:
-Wear a helmet at all times.
-Ride bicycles only on roadways, not on trails (trail riding is not permitted).
-Ride on the right side of the road in single file
-Obey the rules of the road at all times.
-Use hand signals to communicate with drivers.

 

5. Here are some tips for safe hiking:
-Always carry water with you. Dehydration is common and can be serious so make sure this doesn’t hapen to you!
-Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.
-Keep food with you and keep it in something that can storage food good because bears love food and they have a great smell.
-If you are visiting a national park with bears make sure you have bear spray with you (on this page of the website of nps you can read more about bears and how you can protect yourself. If you are backpacking there are some more safetyrules that you can read on this page of the nps.)
-Wear good shoes for hiking to prevent blisters and make sure you have something with you to treat blisters. You could also use special tape to tape in your feet and you won’t get blisters.

 

6. The national park service has a great list with 10 hiking essentials and you can find the essentials below:
-Map of the area and compass
-Extra food and water
-Extra clothing, including rain gear
-Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
-Pocketknife
-Matches in a waterproof container and candle or other fire starter
-Whistle
-Flashlight with extra batteries and bulb
-Space blanket
-First aid kit

 

7. If you are staying overnight in a national park with your RV you need to know somethings:
-Most campgrounds in national parks don’t have full hookups.
-Large RVs (>28ft.) are to big for the average campground in a national park.
-Make sure that you don’t leave any food or waste behind. Animals, especially bears, can smell very good and food left overs attract bears. Make sure you don’t eat near to your RV or tent because only the smell of food can attract the bears (eat at least 100 ft. away from where you are sleeping).


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