When most people think of outdoor adventures, they automatically picture men. But what about women? Do we not enjoy the great outdoors just as much as our male counterparts? The answer is a resounding “yes!” In fact, many women love to get out and explore nature with their friends.
While going on an outdoor adventure may seem like an innocent activity, it’s important to know the risks involved. Only 120 – 140 people die from fatal accidents each year (the same rate as Ebola) which means your odds of dying in one are about equal if not lower than those who contract infected bodily fluids abroad.
Despite these odds, the great outdoors offers a sense of peace and tranquility that can be hard to find in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. But before you head out on your next adventure, you should take a few safety precautions. Here are some things you need to prepare to have a safe and fun adventure outdoors:
Let someone know where you’re going
This is probably the most important safety tip. Whether you’re going for a hike in the woods or a swim in the lake, it’s always a good idea to let someone know where you’re going and when you plan on being back. That way, if something happens and you didn’t return when you said you would, someone will know to come looking for you.
For example, you can leave a note for a roommate or family member with your itinerary. Or, if you’re going on a more extended trip, you can register with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.
Dress for the occasion
It’s important to dress appropriately for the environment you’ll be in. That means wearing layers of clothing that can be easily removed or added as the temperature changes. It’s also a good idea to wear brightly colored clothing, so you’re easily visible to others.
And don’t forget to protect your feet! Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes or boots that support your ankles and provide traction on slippery surfaces.
Pack the essentials
No matter where you’re going or how long you plan on being gone, there are certain items you should always pack. These include a first-aid kit, a flashlight, extra batteries, a map of the area, and matches for a fire.
You should also pack enough food and water for your entire trip and a way to purify water if necessary. And don’t forget to bring along some shelter, such as a tent or tarp, in case you get stranded overnight.
Stay on marked trails
When hiking or walking in the woods, it’s crucial to stay on marked trails. This will help you avoid getting lost and will also help to protect delicate plant life. If you do happen to wander off the trail, take a moment to stop and look around. Try to orient yourself so you can find your way back to the trailhead.
Suppose you’re looking for a safer outdoor adventure. In that case, you can visit the country’s different national parks, which offer ranger-led tours. These national park tours allow one to explore the various landscapes while being guided by a professional who knows the area well.
Be prepared on your guided tour
For you to start on a guided tour, there are things you need to prepare with your tour guide. First, you should know your fitness level and ability. This is to help your tour guide create a more manageable activity for the group. You should also be aware of the environment you’ll be in and what the weather conditions are like. Dressing appropriately and having the proper gear for the climate and landscape is important.
Lastly, you need to be prepared mentally and emotionally. This means being aware of your triggers and limits. If you have anxiety or claustrophobia, let your tour guide know, so they can accommodate you. At the end of the day, the most important thing is to use common sense and trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, listen to the ranger’s instructions carefully and follow their lead.
Be aware of your surroundings
This means being aware of the weather conditions and any potential hazards in the area, such as steep cliffs or bodies of water.
It’s also a good idea to be aware of the wildlife in the area and what to do if you encounter an animal. Stay calm and slowly back away if you see an animal from a distance. Do not make sudden movements or loud noises, as these may provoke the animal.
For example, if you’re hiking in bear country, you should know how to properly store your food and what to do if you encounter a bear. If you are close to an animal and it is moving close to you, try to make yourself appear as large as possible by waving your arms or holding up a jacket. And, of course, always carry a cellphone with you in case of an emergency.
In general, it’s always a good idea to err on the side of caution. If you’re unsure about something, it’s always better to ask a ranger or your tour guide before proceeding. By following these simple safety tips, you can ensure that you have a fun and safe experience on your next outdoor adventure. So get out there and explore the world!