With summer coming, it’s time for outdoor adventures. Be safe this summer with a few of these outdoor adventure tips that can save you a lot of trouble, in case of an emergency.
1. Use the buddy system.
Emergency situations are much more difficult to handle alone. There is safety in numbers. Traveling alone presents a lot of dangers. Having someone to help you if something goes wrong is invaluable.
2. Check the weather.
Before you head out on an adventure, check the weather. Don’t get caught in a storm unprepared and far from safety. If it is safe to proceed, be sure that you are dressed appropriately for the weather.
3. Wear appropriate clothing.
Dressing appropriately for your adventure can make all the difference. An otherwise perfect day on the trails can be miserable with the wrong hiking shoes, or uncomfortable clothing. Even if it isn’t the most fashion forward, dressing well for the activity you are doing will make it much more enjoyable.
4. Set up camp before dark.
If you’re planning on spending the night, be sure to get up camp before dark. Plan to have your camp set up at least two hours before nightfall—in case something goes wrong. You may think you get set up your tent in a matter of minutes and then find that you are missing a pole or other vital part. Leave yourself time to deal with any problems that may occur so that you don’t find yourself stumbling around in the dark.
5. Pack a first aid kit.
No matter what adventure you’re going on, you should have a first aid kit. You never know when it might come in handy. Whether it’s a blister, a small cut, or something more serious—if any sort of injury happens, you’ll be glad you packed it.
6. Bring sunscreen.
Wear your sunscreen. Even if it doesn’t seem hot outside, you can still get fried. No matter the temperature outside, exposure to the sun can burn you. You may not feel hot or that you are getting burned, but it can still be happening.
7. Let someone know where you are.
Before you take off, be sure to share your itinerary with a friend or family member. If you are in cell service, it may also be helpful to share your location with someone. That way, if something does go wrong, or you don’t return home when you expected to, you can be easily found.
8. Stay hydrated.
No matter your activity, be sure that you are drinking plenty of water. You should also take extra water with you. Being outside for extended periods, it’s easy to get dehydrated or suffer from heat exhaustion. Be smart—drink water.
9. Learn basic repair skills.
Be sure you know some basic repair skills. For example, if you’re a biker—can you change a flat tire? Having some general know-how of your activity will help you avoid some sticky situations.
10. Stay near the trail.
Don’t wander too far off the trail. This is where it’s easy to get lost and difficult to be found. Be sure that you stay on or very close by trail markers.