Everglades: Slog Preparation

Professor John William Bailly of the FIU Honors College organizes slogs and hikes to Everglades National Park.

If you are participating in the slog or hike, here is how to prepare:

  1. Despite the heat, wear long sleeves and long pants. You should protect yourself from plants and insects. In addition, even on a warm day, standing in the water in the shade in windy weather can get chilly. Bring a light jacket.
  2. Wear a pair of good walking shoes and water shoes. You will switch back and forth from sneakers to water shoes. Do not wear sandals.
  3. Make sure your ankles are not exposed!! That is the favorite target of mosquitoes and right at poison ivy height.
  4. Bring a towel and a change of clothes and leave them in your car.
  5. Bring a reusable water bottle and a snack (energy bar and fruit are good). Bring several bottles of water and leave them in your car.
  6. Always wear sunscreen and have strong bug spray with you to use as needed. The mosquitoes can get quite bad.
  7. There is a possibility of encountering some wildlife (alligators, deer, snakes). You can always look, but never touch.
  8. You need to bring a lunch and snacks. Never start a hike without an energy bar or fruit.
  9. Please feel free to bring your phone, GoPro, or camera. Photos are not only allowed but highly encouraged. Please tag the Everglades National Park on Social Media.
  10. Remember that this is a hike through a complete natural terrain!! Dress appropriately!!!

John William Bailly 11 January 2022

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