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Pick A Destination And Be Prepared For The Great Outdoors

Pick A Destination And Be Prepared For The Great Outdoors

Last Updated on June 16, 2021

Are you excited for your next outdoor trip but are equally intimidated by the dangers and threats you may face? The key to avoiding such shortcomings is to stay prepared ahead of time. Whether you are going kayaking or setting up a tent alone in another state, some tips can help you make the most out of your trip and stay safe at the same time. Staying prepared is particularly important if you are planning to travel alone in a remote region. The tips mentioned below will help you gauge the type of planning and prepping required to combat unwanted situations and have the best experience on your trip.

1 Pack Smart and Light

The most common mistake that beginners make when going on their first outdoor experience is packing heavy and carrying a huge amount of stuff that eventually becomes tiring. If your trip covers activities such as hiking, rock climbing, or kayaking, you should particularly pay attention to the amount of stuff you are carrying and pack light. Make a list of the specific essential clothing items and the gear needed for your trip and activities. Some activities and routines may also need specific items such as a walking stick, sunscreen, and rain gear, which is why packing smart is essential.

2 Get Travel Insurance

Unless you are going to a known or nearby destination, you must consider getting travel insurance to keep you protected from accidents and unwanted situations. Even though it demands a bit of extra investment, having travel insurance ensures peace of mind and lets you travel freely. Getting travel insurance becomes even more crucial if your outdoor experience includes risky activities and sports, such as rock climbing, canyoneering, canoeing, or mountaineering. In some cases, insurance becomes mandatory for normal or the simplest trips as well. When getting one, make sure that the pointers cover the activities you will be performing on your trip. 

3 Know the Location

If you are setting up a campsite on a spot or location that you have never visited before, study the site and know the destination inside out before you begin your adventure. As suggested by the explorers at, begin by locating the area on a map and studying the weather. Note the type of terrain and the type of gear needed to suit the climate. The type of terrain and surroundings will also dictate the number of days you can stay out, the type of shoes you need to wear, and extra safety precautions you must take.

4 Carry Enough Food and Water

You need enough food and water to keep you going through your day, especially during strenuous activities that need a lot of energy. Carry enough water to sustain your energy levels when traveling in a remote region. More importantly, pack food items that are easy to consume or prepare as you may not have access to the ideal cooking setup. Pack high-calorie and filling food items such as chips, cookies, fruits, and other ready-to-eat snacks that can be easily consumed and keep you going for a longer duration. To avoid getting sick due to dehydration (which is highly likely on outdoor trips), carry a lot of water and buy more when you get access to convenient stores or drinking taps.  

5 Build Physical Strength

You cannot expect to get up one fine day and go mountain climbing or river rafting over longer distances. You need physical strength and a certain level of fitness to endure the coercion from physical activities. If you are out of shape, take some time out to work on your stamina and postpone your trip until you have reached the desired outcome. This will ensure that you have the best time of your life without getting tired or injured. While physical fitness is required to stay out of danger, you must also prepare yourself mentally. Several mental shortcomings such as discomfort, tiredness, hunger, etc. can get the best of you. To avoid such negative emotions and stay motivated, build your mental strength.

6 Follow Safety Precautions

Despite being safe and following the guidelines, you may face certain challenges that may cause injuries or make you sick. Carry a first aid kit with all the necessary supplies such as medicines, ointments, and plasters to treat your injuries and keep going. You should be prepared to face any kind of emergency to avoid ruining your trip and have fun. If you or your fellow campers have any kind of allergies, research the place and carry some antihistamines as you are more prone to allergies outdoors. 

If this is your first trip, do not overestimate the amount of preparation you have undergone. These tips will ensure that you have the best time while being safe. Instead of worrying about the adversities, prepare ahead of time and relieve stress on your trip.