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South Dakota Travel Essential

Weather

The weather in South Dakota can be extreme, cold in the winter and hot in the summer. It is best to know the potential weather and be prepared for anything. In addition, weather conditions can change quickly, so make sure to bring rain gear even if the weather looks nice. Remember to layer, so that it is easier to maintain a comfortable temperature. During winter the weather can be cold, so when camping be prepared for snowy conditions.

Wildlife

South Dakota has a wide variety of wildlife, which you may encounter while hiking, camping and recreating. Many species of wildlife are not dangerous to people, but should not be fed or approached at any time. There are some species that every member of the party should be aware of and prepared to encounter. Travelers should be sure to avoid approaching the American Bison that are found in South Dakota. Although they may look docile, they do have horns, can move extremely fast and can be very dangerous.

Snakes

Visitors to South Dakota may run into a poisonous snake. The state is home to a variety of snakes, including rattlesnakes. The first step to snake safety is to be sure that you don't step or put your hand anywhere that you can't see, always be aware of your surroundings. Don't step where you can't see what your are stepping on, and don't put your hands into holes. It is also important not to walk in the dark without a flashlight.

If you do encounter a snake, first, do not panic, instead calmly walk away. Snakes are normally afraid of people and often bite out of fear, so its best to try not to disturb the snake. If a snake bite does occur, remain calm, and seek immediate medical assistance. Try to see what type of snake it was the gave the bite and if you are able and have the ability, apply a tourniquet.

Water and Wild Plants

Never drink unfiltered water from streams and rivers while camping. These water sources, no matter how clean they look, can carry diseases. Also never try wild berries and plants unless you are an expert in identifying edible foods. Trying wild plants and berries is always a risk, and people often confuse poisonous species with similar looking edible plants.

Twisting Roads

Some of the amazing roads to be explored in South Dakota can be winding, with low tunnels and plenty of wildlife. While driving these roads it is important to always be cautious and prepared for the turns of these roads. On these beautiful roads, travelers should drive slowly and with caution just in case there are wildlife on the roads or other travelers watching wildlife.

Poisonous Plants

Hikers and campers in South Dakota may encounter poison ivy, which can cause irritation and discomfort on contact. Learn to recognize poisonous plants, like poison ivy, and avoid them once identified. If you do come in contact with poison ivy, try to wash off the area with soap and water as quickly as possible. Avoid contact with any other parts of your body, since the poison can transfer on contact, this includes contact with shoes and clothes that touch poison ivy

 

 

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