The six rules for a safe hike:
1. Always let someone know where you’re going
Leave a written note with a friend, family member or hotel receptionist. State the trail you intend on hiking, the number of people in your party, your cell-phone number and what time you expect to return.
2. Do not hike alone
If you encounter any trouble at all, the quickest response will always come from your hiking buddy. Any other assistance might take hours to get to you.
3. Water, Water and Water
Dehydration is the greatest danger in the desert, and is very easy to avoid. The amount of water you’ll need varies according to the hike, but as a rule of thumb- never takes less than 2 Lt
4. Carry a map and Stay on marked trails
The trails are all color coded.
Hiking off-trail in Israel is not allowed- and is dangerous.
5. Dress accordingly
Wear adequate ankle-supporting footwear, a wide hat and a shirt with sleeves. The weather can be unpredictable, so in the winter always carry warm clothing.
6. Seek good advice
Always consult with a local before going out. Rangers, hostel employees, visitor’s center representatives and guides at the field school will all be happy to help.