If you love the great outdoors, it probably isn’t a leap for you to want to be better at it. After a while of sticking to the path – you might be ready to try wild camping, stray from the track, climb, and more.
You must be ready to master the great outdoors – so here are some simple tips that can help you stay safe and have the maximum amount of fun!
As the weather heats up, most of us are looking forward to more time outdoors with family and friends. However, this means that it is crucial to be mindful of the risks that come with spending time in the sun without proper protection.
There are many different areas where you can find information about protecting yourself from UV rays (such as skin cancer).
When you head out, always have extra skin protection with you, be aware of the signs of heatstroke, and have plenty of water too.
Ensure that everyone with you reapplies sunscreen at regular intervals.
Ponds, lakes, and other water can be a source of enormous fun as you travel and explore. But the issue is that you can never be sure what is below the surface. Some members in your group might not be as strong swimmers like you.
If you plan on going anywhere with open water, you need to make sure that you or someone in your group has taken some rescue training courses.
First aid kit
When you first start hiking or walking, you might not know what you need in your first aid kit. Over time you will build a great and lightweight first aid kit that will be able to help in most situations.
Here are some of the best things to have in your first aid kit for the great outdoors:
- A range of bandages
- Medical tape
- Blister treatment
- Paracetamol and ibuprofen
- Antihistamines and allergy medication
- Tweezers and scissors
- Safety pins
- Non-Sticky gauze pads
- Antibacterial spray, balm, and wipes
You will add more to your kit as you become more used to the trails and where you prefer to travel.
Even hardened trail hikers from time to time might get a blister from their boots, the sun, or the surrounding plants.
It is important that you know how to fix up a blister to prevent you from completing your trip. If you are prone to blisters, one of the best things to do is prep your feet in advance and use duct tape on the more sensitive parts.
The smooth tape means the socks will slide over the area without causing friction.
Something that many people make the mistake of doing is popping the blister. You mustn’t pop it as they can become infected pretty quickly.
And finally, never head out without enough water or hydration packets to last the entirety of your trip. Hydration gels are lightweight and don’t take up much room.
Are you excited to head out on a hiking adventure? Here is an excellent post for you: 7 Essentials For Your First Trekking Adventure.