Before you launch out into the wild, you want to make sure you’ve prepared yourself. Here are ten things to do before you go.
1. Hatch A Plan
Don't just head off blindly into the wilderness. Create a plan for your outdoor excursion.
2. Learn The Lay of the Land
Study a map of the location you will be exploring, and bring the map with you when you go (along with a compass). Carrying a GPS device or having a navigation app on your phone isn't a bad idea either.
3. Share Your Plan
Make sure that more than one responsible person knows about your outdoor plans. They need to know where you are going, parking and hiking; which vehicle you are taking; your mobile phone number; who's going with you; and most importantly – they need to know when you should return. This way, if you don't contact them or return by the appointed time – they know that you've run into trouble and they have the information to help.
7. Keep an Eye on the Horizon
Get the most accurate weather forecast before you head out, and keep your own watch on the weather while you are out there. A sharp change in the weather can turn a pleasant campout into a dangerous situation.
8. Get Some First Aid Training
Once you have some knowledge and skills with first aid, you can perform first aid anytime and anywhere – even if you don't have many supplies to work with.
9. Practice Survival Skills Before You Need Them
Learning facts can be handy, but they are no substitute for actually experience.