When the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time to start enjoying the great outdoors again. Whether it’s hikes, dog walks or bike rides, if you have some gorgeous scenery nearby or don’t mind a drive to the country it’s a chance to get some light exercise and fresh air after being cooped up for most of the winter! However, there are a few safety precautions to bear in mind when you’re headed into the great outdoors. Here are some things to kit yourself out with before your next trip.
If you’re going to be walking around marshy or boggy areas, woods or in long grasses, then an insect repellent is a good idea. Midges, fire ants, ticks, and leeches can all bite and cause unwanted symptoms. Use common sense too, don’t walk through ants nests and generally keep an eye out for creepy crawlies when you’re out and about.
First Aid Kit
Hopefully, you’ll never need it-but if you do, you’ll be glad you brought it along. Some plasters in case you get a blister, antiseptic cream and wipes for bites and stings are useful for minor injuries. Some gauze and bandages to halt any bleeding and create a sling in case of any more serious injuries can be useful too. A small first aid kit containing a few essentials won’t weigh your backpack down too much.
Protecting yourself from the sun when you’re going to be outside all day is crucial. If there’s a bit of a breeze, you might not even realize you’re getting burned until it’s too late. Protect yourself with a sun lotion with a high SPF, being sure not to miss any areas such as your neck and the backs of your hands. Wearing light, long clothing items such as full-length sleeves and trousers is also useful (these are handy to stop bug bites too). Go with a breathable material like cotton, so you don’t feel too warm. A hat to protect your head and shade your face and some sunglasses to protect your eyes are also important.
When you’re out in the great outdoors doing a lot of walking, you need the right footwear. Sturdy walking boots that comfortably support your feet and provide good grip on the different types of terrain. A good trick is to wear two pairs of socks in your walking boots, one thick and one thin. That way the layers rub together as you walk, rather than the boots rubbing against your feet.
Compass and Paper Map
Mobile phones have GPS and maps on them these days, but what if you go somewhere where there’s no signal? To prevent you from getting lost, these essentials will allow you to work out where you are and where you need to go. From a safety point of view, making sure you keep some charge in your mobile phone is useful too. If you wanted to get away from technology, just switch it off and keep it in your bag.
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