There are few things in life that are more fun than adventuring in the great outdoors. An outdoor adventure, such as a camping trip or a backpacking journey, is as good as it gets. With perks such as time away from the bustling business and drama of civilization, the solidarity of wilderness, exercise, the beauty of some truly spectacular landscapes, an outdoor adventure can be the greatest place to spend quality time with a loved one, or the ideal spot for introspection and personal growth. Whatever your reason for heading outside for an adventure, there are some guidelines that should be followed when planning your trip.
Be Prepared for Emergencies
Emergency situations can happen to anyone anywhere, so it’s vital that you prepare for them. Even a minor emergency can be deadly when you are out in the wilderness. An emergency preparedness kit doesn’t need to be big or heavy, so it won’t weigh you down or take up too much space. You should have the simple basics, such as anti-inflammatory pills and band-aids, as well as overnight equipment. You should also include items that will help you survive if you have to stay in the wilderness in bad weather or for longer than expected: matches, a compass, and a water purifier. Finally, make sure to pack a cell phone. If you don’t want to bring your own, you can get an old, inexpensive phone that isn’t hooked up to a provider – you’ll still be able to call 911 with it if the situation calls for such measures.
Do Your Research
You should never go on an outdoor adventure without first doing some research. Research helps you know where you’re going, and what you can expect. The most important tenet of outdoor adventuring is “be prepared,” and at the heart of that is research about the area and potential dangers.
Don’t Trust the Weather
When packing your clothing for an outdoor adventure, it’s best to pay attention to the weather forecast. However, you can’t fully trust a forecast. In case of a dramatic change in weather, make sure to pack one or two outfits for the opposite extreme. It may be hot where you’re going, but having cold weather clothing can save your life in the event of an unforeseen storm.
Keep Your Food Secure
You’re not the only one who wants to eat the food you pack. Depending on where you are adventuring, bears, raccoons, skunks, deer, rats, and many other creatures can get into your food supply. To avoid losing your valuable nutrients, make sure to secure your food someplace where the local animals can’t find it.
Let Someone Know Where You Are
Even if you’re going on your outdoor adventure to get away from your day-to-day world, make sure you let at least one person close to you know where you are going. That way, in the event of an emergency, someone will know the vicinity that you’re in. If you don’t come home on time, they can alert someone who can potentially save your life.
If you take the proper preparedness by following the above guidelines, you can have a safe outdoor adventure that you’ll remember forever.