With our outdoorsy tips, we want to help you be perfectly prepared for your next trekking trip. Here are seven things you should consider before going on an adventure:
7 tips for your next outdoor adventure
In theory, there’s not much to an outdoor trip. You just need to bring yourself and find somewhere out in nature to explore. But being well prepared can save you a lot of hassle and worries on the day. We have seven easy-to-follow tips for your next adventure:
Tip #1: Plan your route the day before
The least you should decide on is a destination (and, ideally, an arrival time), as well as a rough idea of the route you’ll take to get there. Like that, on the day of the trip, you can concentrate on other very important things. It also takes some stress off your shoulders, so you can enjoy the day even more.
Tip #2: Have a good breakfast
Depending on where you’re going and what route you’re taking, try to leave your lunch as late as possible - who knows how high the mountain really is and how tough the path up it might be? Just to be on the safe side, pack a few cereal bars in your bag too. Even a short snack break will give you the energy you need to make the climb feel a little easier.
Tip #3: Check the weather forecast
You need to know what to expect, so our third outdoor tip is very important. The weather in the mountains can change suddenly, and you need to be prepared for anything. By checking the weather forecast, you can plan what outdoor clothes you should bring with you. Try to choose pieces that will serve in the case of the weather turning, like a raincoat.
Tip #4: Tell friends or family where you’re going...
…and when you expect to be back. This will help your emergency contact coordinate a response or rescue if you end up needing help. If you’ve planned specific stops at mountain cabins or camping sites, this tip works even better. If you can, give your hosts your phone number, so they can contact you if you don’t show up when expected.
It’s also a good idea to leave a copy of your packing list with your emergency contact. Like that they can estimate how well prepared you are for eventualities and how likely you are to need help in a tough spot.
Tip #5: Pack a first aid kit with all of the essentials
Plasters for small cuts, bandages for larger ones and tape to keep everything in place. Make sure you have enough water with you to clean any wounds. Bring disinfectant of some sort. A simple bandana doubles up nicely as a bandage, by the way.
Tip #6: A compass, a map and a flashlight are a must
During the day, you can orientate yourself by the position of the sun and local landmarks, but you can’t always see the stars at night or you might get caught in fog. You shouldn’t be embarrassed to navigate with a map and compass - it’s a necessary safety measure.
If using a flashlight, a compass and a map is too old-fashioned for you, you can download most maps onto your smartphone, which also doubles up as a flashlight. But make sure you charge your battery before you set off on your travels.
Tip #7: Don’t forget to drink
The seventh and last of our outdoor adventure tips is easy to implement. You can’t expect to find a clean stream or other natural sources of water, but drinking water when you exercise is of the essence. Try to take at least two litres of water with you on a hike - your body will thank you for it.
The best way to transport your water while hiking is with a hydration bladder like those by CamelBak. You can simply store one in your rucksack and enjoy a drink on the go whenever you need it - without even having to take off your rucksack!
A bonus tip: take your rubbish home with you.
To finish off our tips, there’s one last thing we suggest you do, and it won’t take up any extra weight in your rucksack either. Whatever you take up to the mountain with you, take it back down with you too. There won’t always be bins or waste collections where you go, so make a contribution to keeping the environment clean by taking your rubbish home with you.
In a nutshell
We hope these outdoor adventure tips help you have a great time next time you go out to explore nature. We’d love it if you shared your photos and your stories with us on Instagram!
Got any additional tips you’d like to share with your fellow trekkers? Feel free to leave a comment or write to us, so we add your suggestions to our list.
We’ll soon be discussing how to choose the best outdoor equipment, so you’re well prepared for your next trekking adventure.