Exploring the great outdoors can be one of the most exhilarating experiences that you will ever undertake, and for good reason. There are so many new things that you can encounter that will help broaden your appreciation for life. However, you should not get lost in awe of nature and forget that your personal safety could potentially be jeopardized by harsher elements. Here are five personal safety tips to help you safely navigate outdoor exploration.
1. Always Carry A Customized First Aid Kit and Emergency Supplies
When you are traveling and exploring the outdoors, you never know what you might come in contact with. It is hard to predict the things that could happen in Mother Nature, but you can take the time to prepare. It is always important to ensure that you have a customized first aid kit at your disposal, as well as additional emergency supplies. Try to make sure that you are prepared for all possible scenarios.
I said ‘customized kit’ because you want to make sure that you tailor your kit to the kind of trip you are taking. For instance, if you will be driving through, or exploring, a region that is extremely cold, you might want to pack space blankets to combat hypothermia. Your additional emergency supplies should compliment your first aid kit and work to enhance it. Whistles, flashlights, compasses and blankets are all great examples of additional supplies, which can be used to give you an edge while you are traversing the outdoors.
2. Pack All The Necessary Gear
Sometimes, staying safe boils down to the tools that you have on hand. This is why it is always important to have all your necessary gear in place so that you are not left wanting while you are out exploring. If you do not have the required gear for the trip you are taking, or the terrain you are exploring, you will be forced to compromise and this could easily lead to injury. And you also want this gear to be secure so nothing is lost or even stolen.
Ideally, you should make sure that your gear is in pristine condition, and that it will not fail you on your trip. Make it a habit of diagnosing the condition of your equipment before you head out. It is also a good idea to make sure that you have some equipment stored away for emergency conditions. These could range from emergency flares to whistles. You should also have a spare set of car keys always fastened to you, and may need a waterproof case if you have an electronic car key. If you lose your keys, or they are damaged, you will be locked out of your car or RV and stranded until help can arrive. As I said earlier, you don’t really know what nature might throw at you so be prepared for the worst-case scenario.
3. Utilize Emergency Contacts
Personal safety doesn’t always mean that you will be able to see your safety measures or have them in close proximity to you. In some cases, the best personal safety measures are nowhere near you. By this, I mean your emergency contacts. Having emergency contacts comes in handy, and could even potentially save your life if something goes wrong. It is a simple way of ensuring that someone somewhere is aware of you at all times. This establishes a safety net around you, so if you do not check in regularly someone will know that something is potentially wrong. Also, make sure that you have a list of emergency contacts on your person when you are traveling so that people know whom to contact in case something goes wrong.
4. Pack Basic Survival Supplies
Basic survival supplies should not be confused with a first aid kit, even though each of these elements aid in your survival. However, basic survival supplies are more primal in nature. Essentially, these are the supplies that you cannot do without while you are exploring. It is crucial that you always pack the appropriate amount of basic survival supplies while squeezing in a little extra. It always helps to have a bit more, in case you have to deal with an unexpected emergency. It helps to have enough food and water on a trip so that you are well fed and constantly hydrated. These elements can come in handy when you least expect it, and they will help keep you safe while you are exploring.
5. Be Aware Of Your Surroundings And Know Your Limits
Sometimes people are threats to their own personal safety, and anyone who has spent a great deal of time exploring might understand this. The opportunity to explore new locations and see things you never have can push you to try things that your body might not be accustomed too. In some cases, you might be so lost in the novelty of nature that it can detract from your awareness of your surroundings. These are some of the easiest ways for your personal safety to be compromised. It is always important to be alert of where you are at any given time and to also be aware of the wildlife and elements around you.
Safety should always be at the forefront of your mind when you are exploring the outdoors, especially because a lot of it is unfamiliar terrain. If you prioritize safety, then there is no doubt that you will get the most out of your outdoor experience.
Ralph Goodman is a professional writer and the resident expert on locks and security over at the Lock Blog. The Lock Blog is a great resource to learn about keys, locks and safety. They offer tips, advice and how-to’s for consumers, locksmiths, and security professionals.
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