When it comes to keeping individuals from going outside, I hear one of the most common reasons is a fear of injury.
The dangers of nature are real and include high temperatures, injuries, wildlife encounters, navigational errors, and much more. By planning ahead and knowing what to do when things go wrong, you can avoid many of these risks.
In all honesty, the chances of something bad happening to you when you’re out in nature are really slim. When the unimaginable happens, it’s best to have a strategy and resources ready to go in case it does.
Make sure you check a variety of weather sources for where you’re going.
In mountainous areas and near huge bodies of water, the weather can change quickly. Finding out the latest weather conditions at your location, rather than just 30 miles away, can give you a clearer sense of the dangers you face.
Determine the dangers and conditions at your location before embarking on a trip.
Outdoor safety is influenced by a wide range of factors, including height and sun exposure. Many of these things can be thought about and planned for in advance, such as by using certain equipment or leaving at a certain time of day.
With the goal of spotting whales and other marine life while hiking on a coastal trail in Seward, Alaska, I arranged my route accordingly. Before I went, I looked up the route’s internet map and noticed that a portion of the trail was impassable during high tide. I could have been stranded between the tides if I hadn’t known!
Always bring the appropriate safety gear for the occasion.
Use my day hike packing list as a starting point, which includes all of the necessary items and a few extra suggestions. Once you know what to bring, you can tailor your gear to your specific outdoor activity. If you’re going to be in bear country, for example, make sure you have a bear safety plan in place.
Carry additional food, water, and clothing in the event that you become lost or wounded during your trip.
Dress for the weather and the season.
It’s not enough to know the weather at your destination; you also need to dress accordingly. In the event that you don’t know what to expect or anticipate a change in the weather, layers are a terrific method to provide yourself with options.
Are you unsure of what to wear on a winter hike? Listed below are the items I’ll need for a day of winter hiking.
Take a look at your most important equipment.
Make sure that all of your important outdoor adventure safety gear is in working order before you leave the house. Even your shoelaces are included in this list of essentials!
Share your travel plans with the group.
This is so obvious, but it’s often ignored. In the event that you get hurt while hiking, you won’t have someone to turn to for help. Let someone know where you’re going by sending them a pin or just texting them the name of your route or park of interest.
Be present in the moment and conscious of your surroundings as you take in nature’s splendor. Watch out for slippery surfaces, low branches, trip hazards, and drop-offs by paying attention to where you’re walking (or paddling if you’re on water).
Don’t wear headphones if you can hear, as this could prevent you from being alerted to danger (such as a bear or other wildlife).
Be aware of the approximate time of sunset.
Knowing when the sun is going to set can be a useful tool for any outdoor activity. During the night, the temperature can fall and the weather can change, making it hard to get around in a new place.
Ensure that you return to the trailhead, camping area, or other safe location before the sunsets. Make a list of what you’ll need ahead of time and make sure you have it when you go out after dark.