Every trek is a learning opportunity. You probably learned more about the things that you don’t need and the things that you do on your last hike. And there’s also a good chance that you now have a clear idea of the type of people you can spend a day or two with and the kind who don’t match well with you on the outdoors.
Being out in the natural world will make you feel connected to it like nothing else can. Taking one step after the other is kind of a moving meditation for some. The path leads on and on, and even when you’re with the best company out there—meaning just yourself—interesting conversations and thoughts come up given the time and space surrounding you. There’s a genuine connection between your mind and your body.
And because you are all you have, you need to make every trip as safe as possible for you to get back in one piece. There’s no denying the out-of-the-blue circumstances that may or may not come up while you’re deep in the greenery. Nature is always full of surprises even if you’ve been in it and visited it for a couple of times.
For your next trek, here are a few tips that you can do to keep your feet on the ground and keep them safe at all times.
Safety in Numbers
There’s nothing wrong with doing solo expeditions. But when you get injured outdoors, calling for help may be a challenge. You can never know for sure what you’ll encounter out in the woods. It is, after all, home to several wild creatures that may or may not be friendly to humans.
The chances of getting attacked by an animal are always present. That’s why it’s crucial to choose trail gear that can improve visibility, like a ponytail beanie. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be an animal even.
In some cases, it can be a plant or bush that you may be allergic to. Or a twig or branch that you didn’t see while walking. Accidents can happen even in the safest places—how much more when in the wild. Though it shouldn’t stop you from exploring the outdoors and heeding the call of Mother Nature, still it’s vital to have the right mind-set and know what to expect.
When you’re out hiking, having at least three people for company is a good number to start with. This way, when one of you gets injured or has any other kind of emergency, the two can go back for help, and the other one can stay with the injured person.
Leave Full Details of Your Planned Hike to Someone Close to You
This cannot be stressed enough to hikers. Whatever level you may be in your hiking exploits, it pays to let someone know where you’re going in case something unexpected happens. It can be a close friend or a relative or any responsible person that you know and trust. Provide details about your trip like who’s going with you, where you’re going, what type of gear you’ll be taking with you, and how long the trip will last.
Pack Extra Food and Water in Case of Unexpected Delays
Uncertainty too can be used in good measure. When you know exactly what to expect, you’ll also know what to pack when you preempt the unexpected. Weather forecasts are usually spot-on, but there are instances when sudden surges in temperatures happen.
Things can get pretty crazy very quickly, and you may need to delay your trip for a day or two. It’s not uncommon to push for delays rather than put everyone at risk by braving the weather. When you need to make a choice between fight and flight, always choose fight for your own sake—even if it means waiting it out and facing the possibility of fighting off hunger when your rations run out.
Because you’ve read this far in this article, you’ll be better off on your next trek and always be packing extra.