If you want to get out and enjoy the fresh air, there are many fun things that you can do outdoors to revitalize your body and mind. Whether you choose to go hiking, camping or on some other outdoor excursion, having the right equipment and making other important preparations can help you stay safe and make your time outdoors more fulfilling. Here are a few useful tips that can help you stay prepared when enjoying the great outdoors.

Bring a First Aid Kit

You never know when you might get injured from falling or some other unfortunate event while outdoors, and having a first aid kit handy will be a smart decision. Your kit should include standard first aid supplies such as adhesive bandages, gauze, and antibiotic ointment. Poison oak and other allergic reactions can also occur outdoors, so it’s best to bring some topical medicines to treat these problems. Tweezers can be used to remove any splinters that you or anyone who’s with you might get.Tripsavvy.com also recommends adding sunburn relief spray, hand sanitizer, and sterile wipes to your kit.

Use Navigation Devices

The right navigation devices can keep you from getting lost when hiking through remote wilderness areas. GPS navigators often include virtual maps and compasses and can give you step-by-step directions. An old-fashioned compass can also work well in determining your direction of travel. If you get lost and don’t have a compass or some other navigation device to provide assistance, you can try finding your direction by tracking the sun’s shadows or looking for the North Star in the sky if you get lost at night.

Know How to Contact Help

If you plan to go to a remote wilderness area, you’ll want to think of who you’ll contact and how you’ll reach them if an emergency situation arises and help is needed. It’s advisable to check your mobile phone coverage area before going on your outdoor adventure to know if you’ll be able to make calls from your particular location. If you’re unable to contact help through a mobile phone, you can try signaling that you’re in distress by building a fire or using a mirror or other reflective surface to let anyone who might be searching for you know where you are. Personal locator beacons are also available to help rescuers find your location easier.

Arrange Lodging

Before you leave for your outdoor trip, you’ll want to know exactly where you’ll be staying. Trying to improvise when it comes to where you’ll be staying during your time outdoors could expose you to more danger and will also be more cumbersome for you to manage. Knowing where all the campsites are in a particular area will be especially helpful if you plan to go camping. For example, if you are planning to go camping at Big Bear Lake do you know where you’re staying or how to get there. Make sure your reservation is set up properly. Or if you are planning to stay at cabins for rent in Big Bear make sure you check in properly.

Wear the Right Type of Clothing

Bringing along a variety of outdoor clothing can help prepare you better to face all kinds of elements. Wearing layers is a great way to stay warm whenever needed, and you can remove layers if temperatures start to rise. Jackets that are made from materials that provide maximum insulation can help the body stay dry and comfortable. Gloves are recommended to keep the hands protected from frostbite in frigid temperatures. Hats can be worn to keep the head warm as well as for protection from sunlight. Waterproof overalls, coveralls, and fishing bibs also work well for many types of outdoor excursions. Rainboots and durable hiking shoes or boots are recommended as well.

Practice Social Distancing

Germs and viruses that can make you sick often spread from person to person in crowded areas, and it’s a good idea to practice social distancing as much as possible even when you’re outdoors. Avoiding crowded areas and staying at least six feet away from other people who aren’t part of your group may help you avoid catching certain communicable illnesses. Another way that you can plan to practice social distancing is by scheduling outdoor activities during off-peak times when there are generally fewer people.

Knowing how to stay prepared for all types of situations outdoors is one of the best things that you can do for yourself if you’re an outdoor enthusiast. Planning all the details of your adventure carefully in advance can help you stay better organized and out of harm’s way when spending time outdoors. 

Author's Bio: 

Katie earned a BA in English from WWU and loves to write. She also adores hiking in redwood forests and photography. She feels happiest around a campfire surrounded by friends and family.