Do you like spending time in the Great Outdoors? It’s important to take steps to keep you as safe as possible, whether you’re swimming, hiking, or fishing. Here are some helpful tips:
Get in shape
One of the best ways to help avoid accidents and injuries when outdoors is by getting in shape before you spend time there. You don’t have to become a marathon runner, but you should be in generally good shape. Make sure that you start doing cardio and weight-resistance work before you go hiking, kayaking, etc. so your body will be more used to the physical activity and help prevent injuries.
Have a travel companion
This is an important step. If you need proof, see the movie “127 Hours” and “Into the Wild.” Even if you take all steps you can image to stay safe, remember that “stuff” happens in life. If the unfortunate case that you’re injured, you might need someone to get help. Not only that but the situation might be dire, so it’s critical to get help ASAP. In that case, it’s important to have someone with you to get help.
Watch the weather
It’s important to be weather wise before and during your trip. For example, get the weather forecast before you start out so you’ll know what kinds of conditions you should expect during the activity. If there’s any chance of extreme weather, in particular, make sure to cancel the trip ASAP. The last thing you’ll want is to be stranded somewhere when there’s a risk of a hurricane or blizzard during your trip.
Bring the right tools
It’s important to have all the tools you need when going on long trips in particular. That includes maps, compasses, GPS apps, and so on. These tools will help to guide you, whether you’re hiking, boating, etc.
You should also bring other items for safety such as first-aid kits. Hopefully, you’ll have to use it, but it has everything you’d need in case someone has a minor accident during the outdoors trip.
Watch out for slippery areas
Make sure to avoid slippery areas since it could cause your groups to fall. Keep in mind that even if it’s not raining it will take a while for rocks to dry out after rainfall or snowfall.
Watch your step!
This is especially true when hiking. Make sure that a trip is built for the group’s weakest member. This will help to make it easier for everyone to have a safe and rewarding experience during the outdoors excursion.
Learn first-aid techniques
This starts with having a first-aid kid. However, you should also know the basics about issues such as exhaustion, heat stroke, dehydration, and so on. Not only could such knowledge be helpful during your outdoors trip but could even be life-saving depending on the situation.
Make sure that your equipment is in good working order. That includes emergency signaling devices. The time to find out equipment needs batteries or repairs is before your trip instead of during it. It could make a world of difference and protect your group from being injured.
Set up camp before dark
It’s critical to make camp before sunset. In fact, hiking in the dark and other activities have resulted in a ton of accidents. Make sure to schedule your itinerary to avoid that situation. It’s better to give yourself extra time to get to camp just to be on the safe side. Remember you’ll also need an hour or so to set up camp once you get there, so it’s something to keep in mind.