There are thousands of families who just love the outdoors. Getting a charge out of hiking, trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing, rafting, camping, and even road trips – you get the idea – is the passion which drives bunch of families to embrace mother nature.
But of course doing these activities accident free is imperative especially if you have little angels with you. So wait! Before leaving your doorstep into the wilderness, hear out first the things you must do beforehand and make sure to keep the following in mind. Keeping one’s head above water should be your essential concern before heading outdoors. And having a blast only comes next. Just to emphasize, there are lots of unfortunate and despairing true stories that happened to people who started out seeking exciting adventures but ended having just the opposite. Sad to say that people’s hunger for adventure but their being unprepared for possible misadventure along their way remains the culprit. Therefore, being vigilant and prepared are the vital keys to safety. Read on and try to keep in mind these important reminders.
Inform someone of your whereabouts.
Send words to a loved one, friend or neighbor about your planned outdoor activity. Leave with them the place, time span of your trip, and a contact number. If you are thinking of being away for days, keeping in touch with them on a daily basis is significantly important. Aside from putting them at ease of your safety, the idea of a day without a call would give them a signal that there might be something wrong.
Relating to this reminder is the extraordinary story of Aron Ralston. If you are familiar with the movie “127 Hours”, then you know exactly the importance of keeping in touch with someone before you go out into the wild. In case you are curious of this true story and never heard of it, you can read it on this link. Click here if you want to view the trailer of the movie.
Keep an eye on the weather updates.
This is a must before and during your planned outdoor activity. Keep in mind that a sunny day can fool us as well. Don’t expect to have the same weather all throughout the day the minute you step outside the door. Relying alone on the weather forecast the night before is oftentimes not enough. So if you have the means to check for weather updates, do it on a regular basis. It is a tremendous help to keep you safe in the outdoors.
Make sure that your hand phone is fully charged.
Have you ever been in a situation of needing a phone badly? Hope not. However if you have already experienced it, just think of the circumstances at stake if you are in one with nature. A charging station is out of the picture of course. So an important tip is to fully charge your hand phone. Another pointer is to turn off your companion’s hand phone. Since you are together, you can make his hand phone or yours a reserve. So just in case the other hand phone is out of battery, you still have a spare one to use.
On the contrary if you are alone, turn off your hand phone for the first half of your day’s activity. It is wise to just turn it on afterwards to secure the battery life.
Better have those extras.
And what are these? Extra bottles of water and food are a necessity. Pack them in your backpack but not in excess to avoid the risk of ending up with a backache. Recommended light snacks are granola bars, crackers, soft tacos, and sandwiches.
Keeping extra jackets and blankets in your car is absolutely ideal. So when the need arises, worry and panic could be the last things in your mind.
Take time to read the park’s warnings.
Normally, before you enter parks there are signs informing visitors of what’s what. Don’t just pass through them. Take the time to read these basic important facts. Pay attention to warnings regarding the presence of wild animals, closed trails, hunting days, or steep sides. Hold a copy of the park’s map as well. You’ll never know when you’ll need it so just put it in your pocket.
Now that you are all geared up with all these important safety reminders, go and get your car keys! It is time to paint the “outdoors” red!