Helpful Safety Tips For The Outdoor Trail

Trail Safety TipsIt has been some time since I talked about some important outdoor gears. Here today, I will speak of another essential matter which is to remain safe during the trail.

Helpful Safety Tips For Your Outdoor Trail

  • Prior to starting out, warm up exercises are crucial. Stretching will help to increase your heart rate, circulation to your muscles and temperature. After a full night of rest, your muscles will need warming, so stretching will get your body moving to increase your flexibility.
  • Always start out slowly, working to increase your pace and the distance traveled gradually.
  • When you are out with others, it is best to let the person who is hiking, cross country skiing, biking or paddling the slowest be the one who sets the pace. This is especially true when you have children in your group.
  • Plan your trip in advance and assign tasks that others enjoy. When someone with you does not cook, never force them to. The goal of being outdoors is to have a real time. Take turns leading your group and sharing in the responsibilities and decision making.
  • Only bike, ski or hike on trails that are marked in the wilderness areas, unless you are allowed to participate in bushwhacking in the area and you have excellent navigation skills.
  • Whenever possible, travel in groups, especially when you are on hazardous terrain or traveling during the winter.
  • Learn some basic repair skills for fixing your backpack, mending a snowshoe or changing your bike tire. Take repair kits with you on your trail adventures as well.
  • You will find that mountain weather will be cloudier, cooler, and a bit windier than in the lowland regions. For about every 1,000 feet in elevation, the temperatures will drop by about three to five degrees. It is best to dress using layers. If you have polyester clothing close to your skin, it can trap the warm air and work to transfer, or wick, the body moisture away.
  • Always wear a hat, visor or sunglasses while you are paddling, skiing or hiking. Snow blindness can be caused by the glare of the snow or the sun or the light that reflects off of boulders or water. Your eyes and face should be covered, especially during the first few days that you are outdoors.
  • No matter the season, bring sunscreen along with you, as you can get a nasty sunburn even when you are in subfreezing temps. Additionally, you should be carrying a first aid kit along with you that is going to be tailored to your adventure.
  • Think about taking rest frequently or change up your pace so that you can recover from spurts of strenuous activity. A pace that is steady will help you to get there with much less discomfort than sprinting and trying to catch your breath.
  • Finally, drink plenty of water. While it is heavy to carry, being thirsty on your outdoor trail will be more of a hazard. Any athlete will tell you that you should drink water before you head out on a hike so that you are properly hydrated and energized. Never drink your whole supply between refill times.

Three Important Outdoor Gears

I am personally a bit picky when it comes to buying any outdoor equipment. The reason is logical. When you pack all the accessories in a backpack and go for a trip, you have some limitation and restriction for example you are can’t replace it or take multiple products. So, how do I pick my proper gear, I will explain this in this article. Also, you would come to know about three imperative outdoor gears that I always take for my trip.

flashlightFlashlight: This is a vital equipment for outdoor especially at night. An intruder or animal might attack you. But if you know how to use a flashlight properly, the job becomes easier. You can make the best use of the blinding effect of a flashlight to throw the beam of the light right in the eyes of the attacker. This will temporarily blind the attacker, and you can manage an escape. When purchasing a decent flashlight, considering power source is crucial. You can either choose Alkaline batteries or rechargeable batteries depending on the type of trip. I have found an excellent guide on here – http://www.tacticalogy.com/best-tactical-flashlight/

backpackBackpack: You can’t imagine a journey without a backpack for sure. Whatever you want to carry should be packed in a bag. This is where having a sturdy, comfortable backpack plays a significant role. Don’t choose a pack that is uncomfortable as you are going to carry it for a longer period. If you don’t take it properly, it can hurt your back and shoulder. Nylon is excellent fabric for such bags. If the pack has sternum strap or you can use a third party one, this is a plus point. There should be a separate compartment for hydration bladder of minimum 2 liters.

knifeKnife: Survival knife is another useful equipment. You can only understand its importance better if you ever trap in the middle of a jungle. You can either use it to prepare food or defend yourself. There are a variety of knives available in the market. Things have changed quite a bit with the development of the technology.
Do you prefer a fixed blade or folding one? I prefer the folding one. But the knife has to be very sharp, so it cuts almost everything quickly. Although it may seem that operating a survival knife is an easy job, actually not. This is why you should practice it at home before going out for the main journey. The blade’s thickness or length depends on the situation you are going to be in.

So, here are my top three outdoor gears. I use few more such as binocular, GPS, appropriate clothing, boot, etc. You should be well-prepared to avoid any unwanted and awkward situation. This is always safe to go to a trip with a group. When you have someone experienced in the team, it becomes easy to deal with different situations, and you get the courage to go ahead.

I hope the information this article has will help you on future trips. No more for today. Hope I will come with some more interesting things in the next post.