When was the last time you said goodbye to your busy life schedules and said hello to a new adventure?
There’s no denying that we live in a wonderful world full of beauty, charm and adventures, though many of us put so much time in our jobs that we forget how fun such adventures as walking, climbing, biking, skiing, paddling, and sailing can be.
Of course if you do get out of doors for adventuring, there are potential downsides. Imagine yourself in a situation where you are unable to go up a hill because your knees are worn out or you are unable to sail because of a back injury. With outdoor adventures comes potential risk and injury if you don’t take your adventuring seriously and heed some practical safety advice.
To increase your chances of having injury-free great adventures, ponder these tips.
Boating and Fishing
Fishing is one of the most traditional ways to relax, get outdoors and have a good catch for a healthy dinner. However, any kind of accident while on a fishing trip can turn a great day sour.
Most boating-related deaths happen during fishing trips when victims fall overboard and drown. Many of these incidents happen close to a shore and can be prevented if you wear life jackets. Always wear a proper fitted life jacket with auto-inflating belt packs or inflatable suspenders.
Another leading contributor to boating accidents: Drinking alcohol. Make sure that you are sober and proper while going on a boating or fishing trip.
Heat Stroke and Dehydration
High temperatures pose a serious threat to outdoor adventurers.
Heat can cause your body to overheat and cause muscle cramps and headaches. Heat illness is a true medical emergency and if not treated properly, it may lead to coma, brain damage and unconsciousness.
The best way to be safe from heat illness is to drink lots and lots of water to replenish your lost electrolytes caused by dehydration. And you don’t have to wait until you feel thirsty or have a headache! Drink plenty of water before, during and after your excursions.
Also, while engaged in outdoor activities avoid fizzy, caffeinated, or alcoholic beverages as they aren’t sufficient enough to maintain proper hydration.
Traveling with Style and Space
If you are planning for a long road trip with your family, consider opting for a travel trailer to make your journey more comfortable and easy.
An RV can make your travels handy as you can stock your vehicle with plenty of supplies including things you may not ordinarily have the opportunity to pack like bath accessories, kitchen utensils, and more.
With basic trailer equipment, you can sleep, cook or go to the bathroom whenever you feel like it. You have plenty of room to sleep and can make most out of your safe travel or camping experience.
Insects and Mosquitoes
If you are camping or hiking in areas with an abundance of brush or foliage, beware of insects like fire ants, wasps, and mosquitoes. Use mosquito repellents on your clothing, shoes and camping gear to keep yourself safe. Apply skin safe repellents to repel mosquitoes, ticks, and other arthropods.
In case of an insect bite, clean the bitten area with soap and water. If there is redness or pain, an ice pack may help to ease the pain.
Always pack a basic first aid kit containing ice packs and other medical essentials so you’re prepared for any emergencies.
The bottom line: be prepared, which includes thoroughly familiarizing yourself, before you go and upon arrival, with the potentially dangerous hazards of your surroundings. Once you look after you safety you can focus on the more pleasurable task at hand: Being outdoors and enjoying nature!
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James Smith is a travel writer, adventurer, and survival expert.