Tips For Having An Outdoor Adventure
There is increasing numbers of people who working in big cities are not satisfied with planning a sightseeing trip when holiday is coming. In order to leave behind the trappings of modern life and experience something new, they intend to spending time for an outdoor adventure. The beautiful camping trip is a big challenge, especially for those who has less outdoor adventure experience. Without a comprehensive plan or some basic knowledge, your impulsion may put both you and your friends into risk.
A news was reported that three high school graduates in Liaoning Province heading to the nearby mountain without any plans and hike experience. They opted for walking on the side roads, enjoying the beautiful view, taking photos and posting to their social medias, without realizing that they have been away from the main road remotely. Being aware of going home as it is getting dark, they found that they were lost in the mountain. Fortunately, the limited cell phone power and weak signal allowing them call for help. Finally, they were rescued after the local police searching for a few hours.
Close to the nature is a good way to release yourself from the stressful city life. But it is critical to prepare well before putting yourself to the remote area. Here are some tips for planning an outdoor adventure.
1. Avoid travelling alone.
It is not a good idea to have an outdoor adventure alone, especially when you don’t have any experience. You will never want to miss the beautiful scenery with your friends. Stay in an experienced group can avoid many troubles. As the saying goes “two heads are better than one”. Try to establish roles by splitting up tasks before and during the trip according to what everyone in your team is good at and designated appropriate roles. It should be make clear each member’s responsibility for pick up destination, transportation, food or cooking, cleanup, setting up camp, etc.
2. Make a list for the essential and plans for unexpected
Select a destination that works for everyone. Choose a camping destination according to your entire groups’ real physical capabilities or mobility limitations. Be realistic about how much walking, hiking and roughing it everyone wants to be doing.
Make a list of items that you should bring for an outdoor adventure: clothes, food, water, first aid kit, tent, flashlights or headlamps, sleeping bag, knife, lighter, communication tools, etc. Always expect extreme temperatures and packing a range of clothes, from short and long sleeved T-shirts to a fleece. Comfortable boots classed as three or four seasons with leather will typically work well for providing protection against wet conditions. A light pair of walking boots made of breathable material is best for hiking on dry and easy-going trails. Good quality socks made of wool or cotton will keep your feet cool and dry and prevent blisters. Pack some blister plasters and unguents in case your are unlucky.
If you intend to stay out overnight, you’ll need to carry a tent, sleeping bag and mat, a stove, food, and something to carry your water in. Consider carefully what you take into the wilderness should be environmentally friendly. Avoid wasting lots of single-use plastic water bottles and plastic bags. Out in the wild, you will need a trusty mini shovel and biodegradable toilet paper as toilets aren’t so easy to come by.
There are some non-negotiable items that will keep you healthy and safe, including a compass, a two way radio, a headlamp, a whistle, basic first aid kit, sunglasses with UV protection, sun cream with high SPF, a sun hat, bug spray or repellent, a portable charger and, of course, food. Now, you should be ready for anything.
3. Stop for the night when it is getting dark.
Different places have different rules about camping. You can camp wild in some countries such as Scotland, Ireland and a few of other countries, but just adhere to the local rules. Many national parks will operate their own set of rules where camping permits can be bought or you could even ask a local people. Wherever you are though, a spot with nice flat ground devoid of big roots or rocks will be your best choice. Head for a campsite if you want something less wild and well equip. Many urban areas have their own municipal spots and private sites can be found listed on most road maps.Whatever you are pick up to sheltering in, a tent and a sleeping bag will help you have a good sleep in the wild.
4. Select a qualified two way radio and keep in touch with the outside
A two way radio is an excellent communication tool in the wild as you cell phone may not work without signal. A light and easy operated hand-held radio with long hours standby is able to keep in touch with your team members and the outside. Keep some frequency in mind in case there is emergency, you will need a radio call for help. Zastone V8 is a 5W long range two way radio designed for the outdoor adventure with waterproof and strong exterior. Most of all, there is a lamp with the radio, which can light up in the dark and save your cost.
Last but not least, check all your belongs before heading to the wild. Always be environmentally friendly while enjoying the beautiful scenery. Never damaging the trees, grass or flowers while setting your camp. Never polluting the water around you. And bring garbage back to home with you. Finally, be safe!