For every outdoor activity that you can do, each comes with their own set of risks and dangers putting you in situations that you once thought were impossible but now here you are. Not only are these situations dangerous but also, they put you and the group that you are part of in challenging circumstances that test your survival skills, mental toughness, and physical endurance.
Though going on an outdoor adventure can bring about a lot of excitement and enjoyment on your part as well as let you gain some experience and training like no other, you also have to take some precautions when you engage in any outdoor activity so that you can really make the most out of it.
The importance of safety measures
Every sport or outdoor activity has their own safety measures and guidelines that must be followed in the same way as every ailment or illness has their respective treatments and remedies. Similarly, there must be standard safety guidelines that must be followed for very outdoor activity there is such as flying, sailing, mountain climbing, racing, trekking, hiking, and so on. Most of the outdoor activities just mentioned are high risk that is why for the person who will be doing them, he or she must have their own essential safety kits and survival kits in case of unfortunate circumstances.
Today, there are just a number of safety protocol sources that you can look into all depending on the sport or outdoor activity that you are doing as well as the unpredictable environmental and natural conditions that you might be coming across. For outdoor activities, it is best that you still travel by twos or by big groups so that you can increase your chances of survival and safety in case of disasters or possible danger to life. By traveling in groups, you can better pool in resources, take advantage of extra hands, and make better decisions by analyzing the situation that you are in more thoroughly.
Some of the most common safety measures that you must make sure to follow include dressing appropriately, bringing a reliable communication equipment with you and some direction finders, packing enough nutritional elements, and telling your friends and family members about your outdoor activity plans, your itinerary, as well as your duration. Following a schedule in keeping in touch with the people you have decided to communicate with the entire duration of your trip can also be a good life saving measure.
Starting the mid-1900s, trail climbers, hikers, and mountaineers made sure to carry with them the ten essentials that was once considered a sort of survival and safety kit that can help in most dangerous situations outdoors. They include extra clothing, extra water, extra food, compass, first aid kit, signal flares or fire starters, headlamp or flashlight, map, knife, and eye protection equipment or insect lotions and sunscreen.
Today, though the above-mentioned ten essentials still work and can be helpful for most outdoor activities and sports, there are now more advanced safety equipment and tools that are also more accurate. The following are now the more improved essential must-haves while outdoors.
- Fire starters: candles, lighters, and waterproof matches
- Emergency shelter: bags, tents, and blankets
- Hydration: hydrating solutions and water
- First aid supplies: mini surgery kits, sterilizing lotions, medicines, and bandages
- Illumination: headlamps and high-power flashlights and torches
- Insulation: suitable body clothing for the specific outdoor activity you will be doing
- Repair tools and kits: emergency tools allowing quick reassembly and repair
- Navigation: satellite phones, GPS equipment, compass, and maps
Sun protection: headgear, caps, sunglasses, and sunscreen
Also, be sure to add signaling devices, insect repellent clothing, pick axe or ice axe, as well as portable water purification kits.