A huge subculture of outdoor adventures has arisen over the last few years, and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more of these adventurers, refusing to be confined to their homes, have ventured out in search of, well… adventure!
But there are many things you should take into consideration when going outdoors, as things can get very dangerous, very fast. If you are not an experienced outdoorsman, there are many things you could potentially neglect to bring or neglect to do, and these could end up being your undoing, and serve to be fatal.
So, for all of the amateur woodsmen, and the experienced, this page will endeavor to tell you everything you must bring and everything you must do when venturing outdoors in search of adventure.
Bring Your Carafe
Always bring your carafe. Thanks to this helpful guide, you will never forget your carafe at home again. When you are venturing outdoors and staying overnight, or just for the day, you can become very tired. A carafe will enable you to brew fresh coffee wherever you are and serve it straight into a flask, without having to set up a fire or a stove.
Coffee can be a great way to keep your spirits high and keep yourself moving when you are going outdoors. Doing big hikes can make you very lethargic and feel fatigued, and the only way to cure that is with a hot cup of coffee.
If you are very cold and camping outdoors, it can also warm you up and has been used for that purpose for hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands, of years. You should invest in the best carafe you can to ensure it does not break down on you when you need it most.
One of the biggest hazards to hikers is deadfall. Most people, surprisingly, do not even know about it. Deadfall is when the branch of a tree rots and becomes loose, then eventually falls to the ground.
If you are standing underneath a deadfall when it comes down, the likelihood of you suffering a fatal injury is very high, and hundreds of hikers die every single year from this. You can ordinarily see potential deadfalls when you look up into the branches of a tree and should always examine the trees before you set up camp.
If you are camping at night, then you should make sure that you have a high-powered LED torch that will enable you to check the branches of the trees above you.
Deadfall is not something that one should take lightly. If you have no torch and are camping at night, it is best to find an area that is not covered by a canopy of trees, and you should find a break in the woodland. Many campers have been unaware of deadfall above them and have awoken to a branch crashing through their tent and injuring them.
Bring Proper Equipment
When you are hiking outdoors, it is absolutely imperative that you bring the correct hiking equipment.
Many people go hiking in trainers and jeans, and while for a light hike this is not a problem, for long distances it can be very problematic. Long-distance hiking requires the proper equipment, as trainers can leave you with blisters, and your jeans can become wet or torn.
Proper walking equipment is very cheap, and you can find it in most sports or outdoorsman stores. Not investing in the right equipment can mean disaster, and it is not worth making yourself uncomfortable or compromising your walk by failing to bring the correct equipment.
Bring Dehydrated Food
If you are taking a long hike and are not returning for a few days, fresh ingredients can spoil. The best way to ensure you do not starve is to bring dehydrated food; dehydrated food is most often used by the military during training exercises, and can provide you a lot of proteins and calories and ensure you do not fall hungry.
Dehydrated food is not the best tasting, and can give you an upset stomach, but is the best way to keep yourself from having hunger pangs, so be sure to bring some.
Bring Lots of Water
This is perhaps the single most important point on this guide. Water is key to life, and if you do not bring enough water, you risk becoming dehydrated and being unable to continue. For long-distance hikes make sure you bring enough water to last you a few days, or a water purifier.
Now you know some ways to keep yourself safe when you are enjoying the great outdoors, why waste any time, go outdoors today! Venturing outdoors can be very fun and keep you in shape.