Spending your free time going for a hike, picnic, camping, swimming, etc. with your friends and family are very exciting; so as going for a shopping to but the things you are going to need.
But the fun can quickly be spoiled with just a simple injury, accident, or any mishap.
Escape the risk and have an enjoyable and memorable trip by packing all these outdoor activity safety tips with you!
Some people just like going on a trip alone. If you are, better you inform someone where you are going and the details of the trip: your itinerary, car plate number, the weather you are anticipating, the signal status on the place or how they can communicate with you, and the date you plan to return home.
This is a good back up plan in case something bad happen to you.
Be In a Group of Four
Going for an outdoor activity is best with a companion. A group of 4 people is an ideal number because in case one group member got injured, one could stay with the victim and the other two can accompany each other to get help. This way, no one is alone in our group.
Know the Place
if you are adventurous and you are trying a new place you are unfamiliar with, it is best to bring someone who knows the place. if not, better to research about it our ask someone who has been there. Know about the mobile reception, the access to food or other necessities. if in case you are already in the place and you come across a closed area, do not go there and just stay on the open tracks or pathways.
Know the Weather
Weather plays a big role to your safety. Do not rush things. If the weather is going to put you at risk, postpone your trip and reschedule it when the weather is at its best.
Know Where to Call for Help
Before going to the area, make sure you you have the emergency contact number and you know where the nearest police station or first responder head quarters is. if the signal cuts out on some areas, know where the nearest spot the cellular signal comes in so in case something happens, you can phone for help as soon as possible.
Prepare Your Mind and Body
If you are hiking, keep in mind that the pace should fit all the group members. Your priority is to be able to reach your destination together. If slowing the pace would get you hiking until dark, start early.
Getting your body ready may also mean that you need to do some stretching depending on he activity you are doing. If you are taking medications or is under any medical conditions, it is best to consult your doctor and get approval.
Wear Proper Clothing
know if there are trails or if the weather is cold or hot in that place. Also, wear the proper shoes to help you get the best footing.
Bring Proper Equipment
A hassle-free trip is a happy trip. Make sure to make a list of all the things you need and and make sure you have all of them a day before the trip. Bring with you extra clothing, enough food, drinks, tools for shelter, compass, a map, a torch, insect repellant, sun screen and most importantly bring your outdoor first aid kit and signaling devices (e.g., whistle and torch/flashlight) or other safety equipment that is needed for the specific kind of activity you are planning to do.
Know Basic First Aid
May it be hiking, camping, swimming, or whatever outdoor activity, first aid is a must. Equip yourself not only with the proper tools, but also proper knowledge on how to treat an injury or an unconscious individual. This is the most important skill that you can use wherever and whenever someone is in danger or in a life-threatening situation.
Be careful with Alcoholic Beverage
Drinking can affect your focus and balance. If you are aiming to stay safe, you need to control your consumption and assess when you need to stop as your risk of slipping, tripping, falling, or even drowning is increased with the influence of alcohol.