Travel Tips for Outdoor Enthusiasts
Looking for ways of making your outdoor adventure trips all the most exciting and fun-filled? Well, there is an exhaustive range of resources existing on the topic-from two-day solos equipped with just a knife to 20-minute videos and multi-day courses on helping you find your way in the wild. However, the key to success in all these is just getting out there and practicing the skills in reality. So, if you do not know how to use compass and your map or start off a fire with a simple bow-drill in a rainstorm, then you need to explore a little more. The chances of learning become dim if you fail to practice in favorable conditions. Remember, survival strategies work best if you have the will to succeed and find your way through the most dire circumstances. For them to work in an error-free and smooth manner, you must complement your efforts with positive thinking and determined attitudes and strategies. In a nutshell, when it comes to life and death, your attitude towards the problem on hand can make a world of difference -in every conceivable manner !
Ideal preparations and the highest levels of fitness are a must for a destination that may prove to be physically daunting. Prior fitness classes, complete with the proper equipments and turnaround times are important to make your going simpler. Proper planning, good references and guide books, a lot of information on what to expect outdoors and a list of all essentials that may be required in the most non-compatible situations is a must -so, prepare accordingly. (image by Mark Sardella)
Work upon your expected activities slowly. You can end up learning a lot about commitment levels and tackling difficult situations from guide books pertaining to living outdoors. As and when you become more equipped in your chosen activity, you get a better estimate of travel related problems and time constraints. High fitness levels are best achieved by being mentally prepared. So, ask yourself, “if I was in a survival situation, what would I do?” It is good to evaluate your personal skills-which includes map reading, route-finding, ability to indulge in physical labor and the likes.
In cold weather conditions, the best ways of staying warm is to find ways of trapping your own body heat and using the same as a source of insulation. You may want to avoid getting wet from your own sweat and keep the rain/ wind out too. The best ways of accomplishing this is to wear layers. (image by THOR)
If you are keen to try out specific sports or activities, then remember the equipments that come along with them. For instance, if you are venturing outdoors during winters or in snowy terrains, then you may require avalanche rescue gear: a transceiver, shovel or probe. Aquatics sporting events have their own list of essentials. In general, most outdoor enthusiasts like to include repair kits to deal with equipment problems in the wild-with the duct tape seeming to be a major and unanimous choice in the list of fundamental repair kit items. If you are planning to camp outdoors or stay in a remote facility overnight, then remember to carry your flashlight, battery charger, extra mobile battery and so forth . You must also have a trip plan left behind with a friend or loved one –that explains your chosen destination, your return time, the route that you are planning to take and all the details that may come in handy in case a search is launched in the event of you getting lost.
All the best!
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