The most effective way to prevent mishaps or accidents is to adequately prepare for your next outdoor adventure trip. Knowledge of the area, weather, terrain, limitations of your body, plus a little common sense can help to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.
So whether you’re headed out on a road trip, a day hike, or a longer backpacking trip, make sure you think ahead and practice the following outdoor adventure safety tips.
1. Be Familiar with the Area
Though you may not have been to the area before, it is wise to familiarize yourself. Study a map or even Google maps before heading out on to your adventure. Explore with peace of mind when you have an idea of where you are and know important information like the nearest water supply, the nearest emergency aid, etc. Orient yourself with any new area before you venture in.
2. Hike During the Day
Things get a little harder after dark, especially if you are in a new place. Hiking during the daylight is generally a safer idea. Whether or not you are planning on being out after the sun goes down, be prepared with a light—flashlight, headlamp, anything of that sort. You never know when you’ll get caught in the dark. When you are in a forest or away from civilization, it can be much darker. Be prepared with some light.
A water supply is one of the most important things you can take with you on any outdoor adventure. Hydration is vital. You should be drinking about two liters of water a day. Typically, on an outdoor adventure such as hiking, you should carry at least a liter with you. It may also be helpful to take a water filtration device or iodine tablets. When traveling in below freezing temperature, be sure that your water is in an insulated container to keep it from freezing.
4. Bring a Map
You may be familiar with the area or have GPS on your phone, however, you cannot always count on these things. It’s possible that your phone will die, break, or lose service—it should not always be relied on. If you in an area you are comfortable in, you may still find a use for your map. Whether you take a wrong turn, zone out, or possibly get injured, a map will offer you some peace of mind as you explore.
5. Sun Protection
It may not seem like you are getting sunburned, but that can be deceiving. Consistent exposure to the sun, even in cold temperatures, can lead to sun damage. Using sunscreen and sunglasses is always a good idea. Aside from a sunburn on your skin, your eyes can also be damaged. Ever heard of going snow blind? This is a condition that involves a temporary loss of sight due to overexposure to the sun. It’s like a sunburned eye, and it often happens when you are surrounded by snow. Take precaution to avoid any sort of sun damage.
6. Bring Supplies
Be prepared for the unexpected when you travel with a first aid kit, extra clothing, and other necessary supplies like food and water. You should never venture out without a first aid kit. You never know what may happen on an outdoor adventure. Extra clothing can come in handy as temperatures change or clothing gets damaged. You will want to pack light, but also pack smart.