Outdoor Adventure- Safety Tips and Tricks

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There’s nothing quite like spending time in the wilderness, away from all the business and stress of everyday life. If you’re planning to delve deeper into the wilderness, though, you need to make a few preparations to ensure you’re doing so safely. Here are a few of the most important cautionary steps to take before your next outdoor adventure.

Let People Know You’re Leaving

Before you and your group set out on your outdoor adventure, brief your friends and family members with a bit of basic information. Tell them where you’re planning to go. Who you’re planning to go with. When you expect to return, and at what point they should call for help if you haven’t returned. If you leave without telling anyone and injured. They may not realize you’ve gone for a while until it’s too late. If you give them a date to call for help by, though, you give yourself an extra layer of insurance and boost your chances of being saved if the worst comes to pass.

Don’t Go Alone

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In remote areas, there’s often little to no cell service, so if you injured, you won’t be able to call for help. We strongly recommend going on your outdoor adventure with a group of at least 4 people. If one member of the group is injured, one person can remain with the victim while the other two go to find help. This reduces the risk of being stranded and incapacitated in the wilderness, and increases the chance that if you are, you can get the help you need.

Have Emergency Plans in Place

While most of your planning is to reduce the chances of something bad happening, you still need to be prepare for things to go wrong. As mentioned before, you should entrust people at home with the task of calling for help if you haven’t returned. You should decide how to split up the group if one group member get injured. While many of us would like to think we’re good in a crisis, high-pressure, stressful situations often cause us to forget things that would otherwise be common sense. To prevent this from happening. You need to have all your contingencies laid out beforehand, and ensure that each member of your group knows them by heart.

Start Pack Training Early

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One of the worst outdoor safety mistakes people tend to make is overestimating their physical abilities. If, for example, you’re planning to go on a backcountry hike with a 15-kilogram pack, you need to be prepare to carry those extra kilos the entire time. While it may sound simple in theory. Many people find that they aren’t as physically fit as they thought they were. To keep this from happening to you, start training early on. If you already go on walks regularly, this is an easy step! Just start putting on your pack as you go on walks. Add weight to the pack over time until you’ve reached the amount you plan to carry for the hike. By the time you hit the trails, you’ll be ready to take on whatever challenges await.

Buy High-Quality Gear

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Of course, if you want to enjoy your outdoor recreational activities to the fullest. You’ll need hiking gear that works just as hard as you do. Before setting out, make sure you have:

  • A sturdy hiking pack. Packs designed specifically for outdoor activities are much more spacious and built to endure much more than a standard-use backpack. If you want to have any hope of carrying all your gear, a hiking pack is an absolute must.

  • A hiking jacket. This one’s especially important if you’re planning to go out in cold, rainy, or windy weather. Even if you’re not, though, a comfy hiking jacket is something you never want to be caught without.

  • Hiking rain gear. Though you’ll ideally be able to avoid the rain during your hiking trip, it never hurts to come prepared. High-quality rain gear designed to keep you warm and dry in wet conditions, which prevents discomfort, chafing, and a wide variety of infections from taking root.

  • Waterproof hiking boots. Bacteria and fungi tend to proliferate in warm, dark, and damp environments. A soaked boot meets all three of these conditions, so it’s best to have a boot that’ll keep the moisture out.

  • A hiking stick or trekking poles. Having one or the other will give you a bit of extra stability when traversing tough terrain, so don’t leave without one!

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