Plan your route
Carefully plan your hike. Choose an appropriate trail considering your physical and mental fitness and inform someone where you are going and when you plan to return. Follow the weather forecast and head out in the early morning to avoid possible afternoon storms. If you’re going on a longer hike, you should book your stay in a mountain hut in advance. Put your name in sign-in books at designated mountain spots and include the direction of your arrival and departure.
Choose the right equipment
Wear appropriate footwear – sturdy hiking boots. Alpine weather is unpredictable, so you should carry warm clothes, a hat and gloves, even in the summer. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen. Take enough non-alchoholic drinks and food that will give you enough energy without weighing you down too much. It is also recommended you carry a helmet, a torch, appropriate thermal protection, personal first aid kit, a hiking map and a compass.
Don’t stray off marked trails
In Slovenia, mountain and hiking trails are marked with the Knafelc blaze (white dot inside a red ring). If you stray off the marked trails, do not continue. Choose the best suited trail for your skills. Keep in mind that it is quite common, even in the summer, to encounter snowfields that require special attention.