It 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.