- Plan your expedition the day before. At least your destination (and ideally the time you plan to get there) as well as the approximate route you follow, so that you’ll be able to just concentrate on the most import things on the day of departure.
- Eat a hearty breakfast. Depending on directions and route, a croissant alone will probably not suffice; who knows how high the mountain will actually be or how difficult the way to the top will be?... Be sure to pack one or more breakfast bars for along the way.
- Check the weather forecast during breakfast, then you’ll know what to expect. You should decide what you’re outdoor clothing will be, so that you’ll be able to react flexibly to treacherous weather.
- Tell your family and friends where you’re going and when you expect to be back. In an emergency they’d be more euipped to notify emergency services. If you’re planning on having fixed stops in a hut or at a camp site, then this information (ideally with a telephone number for the site) is also helpful. We also recommend leaving a packing list behind, so that the search party will be able to use it to see how well prepared you are and in the worst case if you’ll be able to cope.
- Pack a first aid kit with all the necessary equipment: plasters for small cuts, bandages for bigger ones and tape to fix everything. In addition you should include purified water and anti-septic cream to irrigate and clean any wounds. Bandanas are great as a makeshift sling!
- A map, compass and also ideally a pocket torch should not be missing. It’s really simple to orientate yourself with the position of the sun and other landmarks, but at night it’s not always possible to see the stars or maybe you’re under the cover of the trees. There’s nothing wrong with navigating with a map and compass, but rather a security measure ;-)
- Don’t forget to drink. Clean streams or other natural water sources should not be taken for granted, you’ve got to drink on the move. Take at least two litres of water with you per day for your expedition; your body will thank you.
7 IMPORTANT THINGS FOR SAFE OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
People who enjoy walking in nature quickly get sick of their heavy rucksack. The packing of such a rucksack has become an art, to be honest writing your packing list is much harder. In terms of outdoor equipment you should live by the motto: “take as much as necessary, but not as much as possible”. We’ve got a few suggestions of what should accompany you on your expedition.