Know Your Limits When You’re Outdoors

Spending time outdoors can be fun and invigorating.  There’s nothing quite like walking for exercise and spending a night camping under the stars can be just the thing to cure insomnia and other sleeping problems.  You should be aware though that if you’re not used to being outdoors, you will not be as safe as someone who makes this his or her weekly ritual.  If you’re the kind of person who’s more likely to spend their days in an office and their nights in a warm comfy bed, then you should think carefully about your capabilities before you take on an outdoor adventure.  Everyone has his or her limits.  Even those who frequently venture outdoors knows that there are certain boundaries and they understand that at some point, for some reason or another, they should stop and have a rest.

Whatever The Weather

First of all, remember that in most areas of the world, when you are spending time outdoors, you should be prepared for the weather.  Often, even if you’re only spending a day outdoors, the skies can turn from sunny and blue to grey and rainy.  Don’t be caught out if there is a torrential rain pour.  You can protect your possessions by taking a waterproof backpack with you for example or have a rain cover for your backpack.  This will ensure that you can cover over the backpack when it rains and your spare clothes and valuables can have the best change of staying dry, even if you don’t.  You should also be aware of other freak weather changes or natural dangers surrounding the landscape.  Thunderstorms can be especially dangerous and you should make sure that you know of any possible avalanches or landslides that could occur in the area.

Stay Hydrated

Whilst you may think that you’ll come across a stream, spring or lake at some point, don’t think that this means that you’ll be able to take a drink.  When you’re walking long distances, it’s important to stay hydrated, but drinking from natural sources can be dangerous.  You don’t know if they’re contaminated with pollutants or if the salt levels in the water are dangerously high.  Many backpacks have hydration bladders so that you can take all the water that you need with you on your trip.  Make sure that you make use of this and take a drink any time you feel thirsty.

Basic First Aid

You should make sure that you know basic first aid, no matter where you are.  Outdoors, anything can happen from getting cut to breaking bones.  Even a cut can have catastrophic effects if it is not treated properly and becomes infected.

Go With Your Gut Instinct

There can be many times outdoors when you feel that something is just too dangerous or could cause you to injure yourself.  Whether you’re thinking of crossing a rapid river or if you want to walk another 2 miles but are already feeling exhausted.  Know your limits and if it doesn’t’ feel safe, just don’t do it.  Stop and take a break if you need to or take a longer way around if the shortest route looks like it is too dangerous for you.

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