Outdoor traveling, regardless of the season, is always an active, exhilarating vacation during which you can enjoy the sunrise and sunset, rain, and other natural elements. On the other hand, it hides a variety of hazards and inconveniences that can turn your trip into a nightmare. Therefore, take a look at the following 10 tips that will help you have safer and more efficient trip.
1. Pack less stuff
Only pack the essentials because a heavy backpack will slow you down and causes back pain. If you are not absolutely sure whether you will use a certain thing or not, you will most likely not need it. What is essential for outdoor traveling?
Get the pants that are wind- and waterproof; it would be good if they can be transformed into shorts when needed. Make sure to pack a long underwear or a pair of tights. Look for the long-sleeved shirts, T-shirts, and hoodies made from a synthetic, breathable fabric that absorbs sweat more quickly than cotton. You’ll definitely need to take with you an emergency poncho, raincoat, or some other type of rain gear. As for the footwear, lightweight hiking boots or shoes will be able to handle many conditions. If you plan rafting or kayaking trip, you should consider the special water shoes. To keep your feet dry, pack several pairs of hiking socks. Hats, gloves, and scarves are always welcome in a backpack at higher altitudes, even during the summer. Do not forget an insect repellent as well as an anti-itch cream. Of course, you must carry water and food with you wherever you travel.
Other useful things you should consider when packing your backpack are: compass, first aid kit (with adhesive bandages), flashlight and/or candles, pocket knife, pocket mirror, sunglasses, space blanket or sleeping bag, and waterproof matches.
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2. Familiarize yourself with the area you are planning to visit
To prevent mishaps, you need to find out as much as you can about a destination you are going to visit. Knowledge of the terrain and area can ensure an enjoyable and safe trip. If you are going to visit an area that is not familiar to you, especially in the wilderness, you should take along a local who knows that area. If an area is closed for some reason, don’t go there.
3. Solo travel
It is very popular to travel alone in the recent times and many people prefer solo trip over the group traveling. Solo travel is a unique solitary experience that implies ultimate self-indulgence. It’s most important for you to stay safe while traveling alone. Here are a few tips for solo travelers:
- Avoid the single supplement
- Trust everyone and no one
- Be your own counsel
- Carry your personal identification in several places
- Keep to public and open places at night
- Do not draw attention by wearing jewelry or flashy clothes
- Lie a little if needed
- Leave a map of your itinerary with a family member or friend at home; If possible, stay in touch with them via phone, email, or video chat.
4. Be in good physical condition
Always choose the destinations in accordance with your fitness level! Outdoor traveling involves a good physical condition because you are supposed to pass most of your itinerary on foot. For that reason, you should get into good shape before setting out by practicing your skills in advance. Make sure you have the required skills for a strenuous traveling, such as hiking adventure or a travel to high altitudes. If you have a medical problem, you need to discuss your trip plans with your doctor to get approval.
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5. Get a battery pack
During your trip, you should keep your phone and/or camera charged all the time. It is recommended that you use a solar powered pack. Otherwise, you will have to carry a battery pack with you that you’re going to charge occasionally while near electricity.
6. Take a lot of photos
If you take photos while traveling, you will remember the places and people you met forever. That’s why you should take lots of photographs during your travel. The modern phone cameras make amateur photography easier than ever before. There are also various GoPro devices and gimbals for the high-quality photos. When taking the photos, keep in mind the following tips:
- Think about the light, considering the position of the Sun
- Consider the time of day
- Get closer as much as you can
- Fill the frame while paying attention to the corners and edges
- Turn your camera on its side
- Zoom in/out until you get the appropriate size
7. Be weather wise
Knowing the predicted weather conditions for a certain area is very important for any outdoor traveling. Avoid bare exposed places, ridge tops, lone trees, rocks, and streams during lightning storms. If you find yourself on the mountain during a squall weather, find a dry shelter at a lower elevation in a forested area.
8. Meet local people
If you decide to travel alone, such a trip often leads to meeting new people. From transportation and accommodations to entertainment and meals, you are likely to meet locals and other travelers as long as you keep your mind open. People can enrich your journey and make it more interesting. Although English is spoken worldwide, it would be good to learn the basic local language, including the most common words and phrases.
9. Stash extra cash
Needless to say, you have to take a certain amount of money when traveling. How much you’ll take mainly depends on the destinations and activities during your trip. Aside from the wallet, you should stash some money in several different places, such as a toiletry bag, under shoe inserts, in socks, underwear, or even sewn on your bag behind an indistinguishable patch. That money will be of great help to you in an emergency or if you lose your wallet.
10. Track your trip
Apart from making an itinerary with the spots to stay, you can also make an interactive map by tracking your trip. This way, you can share the journey with your friends. There is a wide range of tracking tools today. Some people prefer using GPS devices while others utilize fee phone apps, such as Google Maps Engine, Hema Explorer, Magellan eXplorist 610, and TrackMyTour.
Seeing the world by visiting the great outdoors is a new, modern way of traveling that is popular all around the world. Follow the above-mentioned tips and ideas for outdoor traveling and travel with a peace of mind!