Nature enthusiasts are hooked on the anticipation of new, amazing sights and the experience of feeling lost in the wild. We invite you to learn few tips on staying safe while exploring nature.
To explore nature is part of human nature. After all, we evolved traversing the earth’s great frontiers and most people are curious about what lies behind the green wall. But today things are a little bit different. We live in urban areas that keep us out of tune with the environment found in a specific ecosystem. So for every novice or even intermediate hiker or explorer, planning and precaution must be the first things on the list when preparing.
Here are few tips that we want to share on how to stay safe when going on a hike through a wood or nature reserve.
Go if you know, not if you dare
Unless you are traveling with an expert guide who knows well the area, do not go alone to a place that is tucked away far from civilization. Sometimes trails are not marked well and hikers get sidetracked. Some choose to follow their instinct and break their own trail or wander off to a beckoning pocket of greenery.
This can be both dangerous to the hiker and harmful to the ecosystem, so you should always stay on the trail and follow the markings of the same color or sign. Also, don’t take up a difficult challenge, such as a long track or a climb that oscillates up and down, unless you truly prepared for it.
Bear essentials instead of bare essentials
You need to bring adequate clothing and extra layers. If it is a one-day hike in the warm season, bring an extra shirt or two, and an extra pair of socks. If it is the cold season, bring warm clothing and extra pairs of socks.
And be informed about the possible variation in temperature. Some ecosystems, like the desert, are extremely hot by day but are know for dropping below the freezing point by night.
Also make sure you bring enough water and enough food – but most importantly, water! A compass can serve you well only if you use it in combination with a topographic map of the place. Carrying a knife, rope, water purification tablets and other items is a must for those who are new to the outdoors.
Don’t just disappear
Even if you are going to the nearby woodland, make sure you tell someone, be it in passing. Many accidents occur due to unforeseen, unintended events. A twisted ankle can slow you down immensely. A broken ankle can have you immobilized until help arrives. So make sure you tell someone and mention the name of the wood or park.
Having your cell-phone charged is very important and carrying a power bank is a must. Who could resist taking photos and videos while exploring nature? This uses up the charge and can leave you in the red before you know it so a power bank is smart investment.
Build up your skills gradually
If you want to become a hiker, mountaineer or simply enjoy big parks and reserves you should, by all means, pursue your intentions but develop your skills and knowledge gradually. You may get an impulse to shoot up a hillock to see what’s behind it. That is all right, but consider for a moment even these sorts of harmless moves as well. After all, the most important thing is staying safe while exploring nature
The first time around you will know how much time it will take so that you are back on the trail in time. It could mean that you wouldn’t be able to finish your hike but that is all right, you will do it next time. Also, a great way to enter this sport is by first exploring a single wood, park or reserve multiple times before finding a new challenge.
We are glad we could help you with these tips on staying safe while exploring nature.