Be prepared before heading out for a hike: RCMP

The RCMP is reminding hikers to be prepared before venturing out into the woods.

Nova Scotia has many hiking trails to choose from, and while police say exploring new trails can be exciting, there are risks associated with it.

Cpl. Dal Hutchinson says you should plan ahead and research the area where you're going before you head out.

He says it's important to have the proper clothing, high energy food, water, a first aid kit, a pocket knife, matches in a waterproof container, sunscreen and bug spray.

Police say you should also consider hiking with a friend, but if you do go alone, you should tell someone where you're going and when you plan to be back.

Hutchinson also recommends bringing a fully charged smartphone in the event that you get lost.