It can be a great hobby to spend a lot time outdoors, whether it is primitive or with modern gear. Hiking, backpacking and caving are my favorite activities in remote wilderness areas. Personally, I love to trek to remote areas that are not often seen.
Plan your outdoor adventures well in advance. Do your research and don’t leave anything to chance. You will eventually lose your luck, so make sure you are prepared for your next adventure by having the right tools and knowledge to ensure your safety.
The way you prepare before reaching the point of no return can greatly influence how things turn out.
For an enjoyable outdoor adventure trip, it is important to have the right planning, experience, good clothing, appropriate equipment, and proper training. The flip side of the coin is that if you’re not prepared, your ability to improvise your survival will be a test of both your resourcefulness as well as your luck.
The dramatic scenes unfolded on television as people were lost. There were a hundred search-and-rescue teams, helicopters, helicopters, and planes trying to find them. It is possible for bad things to happen, regardless of how prepared and experienced you are.
Let me try to tip the balance in your favor with some tips and tricks for being prepared. My adventure travel companions are not just me. They are also my family and close friends who love these adventures.
I suggest you take on adventures with people you trust. Can you count on them when the chips are down? Even the smallest problem can quickly escalate into something very serious in a wilderness adventure. You should not expect to reach 911 for assistance. You should not expect to be able to call 911 for help.
It is important to be prepared. If you’re an adventure enthusiast, I recommend that you start by learning some basic but essential skills and items to help you get through your adventures.
It is essential to have a survival kit with all the necessary items. Priority must-haves include shelter materials, fire making techniques, water treatment, signaling devices, and enough water. Food is good for your mental and physical health. Although it is not necessary, I enjoy eating so I keep some snacks in my emergency kit. It can be easier to have first aid supplies on hand if you are in need of them, so make sure you have at least a basic kit. Keep the essential survival items you need on your person, not in your main bag. These basic survival tools are essential and should never be left home without them. You will have a story to share, not a tragedy.
You should train for outdoor activities that you are interested in. Learn to walk before you run. Learn and improve your skills and experience. Learn as much as possible about your chosen adventure topic. You can learn from those who have made the same mistake as you or get a special insight that you can use when you need it.
All outdoor adventurers should take a CPR and wilderness first aid course. The Wilderness Medicine Institute offers programs that are tailored for outdoor adventurers. You can also find courses from the American Red Cross, The Emergency Care and Safety Institute and National Safety Council. This is your insurance for your friends, family and other adventurers. If you only use it once, knowing what to do in an emergency is a great benefit.
What is your current health? You must ensure that you are in good health to be able to safely participate in the activity. It is not the right time to keep secrets. Keep your medication close at hand and let others who are traveling with you know where it is. If you have questions about your health, consult your doctor. Start slow, and then work your way up to your desired level of fitness.
Do your research on the area where you plan to travel. Ask locals for confirmation of what you have discovered during the planning process.
You should be prepared for any weather conditions that may occur. Weather-wise is the key to outdoor adventures. There are some helpful pages on the national weather service’s website. Most people need emergency assistance during severe weather. You can become a weather observer or find someone who has the information. Planning and preparation are only possible if you have accurate forecasts. Weather can cause you to cancel your trip.
Inform someone who is reliable about your travel plans. Give them your plans and write them down. We’ve been on many search missions for people who are overdue. Unfortunately, they didn’t leave written plans. If you are late and need immediate assistance, it is best to give your plans to someone you can trust. Planning ahead can save your life and give search and rescue the benefit of a reliable point to start searching.