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Safety Tips for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Outdoor lovers typically cannot wait to get out in nature and make the most of a beautiful day. But in their haste, they can easily overlook safety precautions that protect them from potential hazards. Been there.

It’s so easy to get gung-ho about a warm sunny day, but it’s important for outdoor enthusiasts to take safety seriously. There are a few simple things to keep in mind. Always bring adequate sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun, and remember to bring enough water to stay hydrated throughout the day. In addition to these, you should employ other safety methods and follow some basic guidelines depending on your outdoor activity.

Water Sports

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Water attracts the sun, so if you’re planning to spend lots of time on your favorite lake, then protect your skin. There are few things you can do, wear sunscreen, wear appropriate clothing, wear a hat, and protect your eyes with sunglasses. Know what the weather forecast is for the day you’re planning any kind of water recreation. When on the water, keep an eye out for any change in current weather conditions. It can change so quickly, so you have to be prepared to get to safety if needed.

Although it’s common sense not do drink alcohol before entering the water, you’d be surprised how many do. Alcohol can dull your senses and your response time so you may not recognize a dangerous situation should it present itself.

If you plan on swimming in the water, always enter feet first and have a partner with you. When you use the buddy system when swimming, it ensures there is someone there to help you should you begin to struggle or to alert lifeguards or other safety personnel should something go wrong.

Make sure your recreational equipment is working properly and everyone involved knows how to operate it safely. If you plan to fish on a boat, let someone know where you’re going and how long you’ll be. Always wear a life jacket. If your boat has a motor, make sure it’s off when you board and dismount.

Be prepared! Depending on the type of vehicle used in water sports, always be fully prepared before venturing on the water. Aside from a flotation device, consider taking a mobile phone, a boat radio, first aid kit, and horn or whistle.

Cycling

Bicycling for recreation, transportation, or fitness has seen a huge growth in recent years. People are rediscovering the joys of cycling; it’s fun and practical, and it’s great for their health and well-being. With this growth in bike traffic also comes an increase in conflicts with other road users.

Cyclists have the same rights and duties as drivers of vehicles. But, they must always be on the alert for those with whom they are sharing the road. While many motorists respect cyclists, there are some who see them as a nuisance. These drivers may drive recklessly around cyclists in an attempt to scare them off the road. Cyclists are oftentimes at the mercy of the motorists, so it pays to be aware of your surroundings and stay as attentive as possible.

Always wear the right gear when cycling, this includes a helmet and reflective clothing so motorists can spot you. Before heading out on a long bike ride, make sure you inspect your bike and address any mechanical issues.

Depending on the length of your journey, it’s sensible to bring along some water, snack food, first aid kit, and your camera.

Hiking

When the weather permits, few activities combine the benefits of physical exercise and the aesthetic appeal of nature as hiking does. Although it may be tempting to strike on your own or venture where no man has gone before, it’s best to use well-established hiking trails and paths.

When choosing a hiking trail, consider its difficulty. Never hike on poorly developed or strenuous trails unless you are experienced. Be aware that high altitude trails can lead to altitude sickness. Always share your route with family and friends before embarking on a hiking trip.

Wearing the correct gear will make your hike more pleasant. This includes durable and comfortable footwear that offers an anti-slip sole and ankle support. Wear a brimmed hat and a pair of anti-glare sunglasses. Lightweight cotton clothing will be cool and offer protection from the sun. Invest in some good walking sticks. They reduce stress on hips, knees, ankles, and spine, especially when walking downhill. They also help you maintain your balance and provide stability.

Carry a backpack with all your essentials. This should include a cell phone, compass, flashlight with extra batteries, whistle or signal mirror, maps, waterproof matches, first aid kit, water, food, and a lightweight blanket.

The great outdoors can be enjoyed throughout the year, but summer has the best weather and the prettiest scenery. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, then following the necessary safety steps will guarantee you’ll have a much better time in nature.

6 Comments

  • This is priceless information for people who enjoy outdoor activities. I live in the south and you would be amazed at how many people pair a fun day out on the boat with alcohol – while it sounds like fun – it’s so dangerous and many lives have been lost as a result of operating water vehicles under the influence! I encourage everyone to share this info and stay safe this summer!

  • Thank you for this great post. I learned so much by reading this one I am going to save it.

  • Thanks this is such a wonderful post ,so much information WE all need to follow to be safe this summer!!

  • Good advice. There is an over reliance on cell phones in the wilds. If you’re serious you need to have a satellite device too (often called personal locator beacons). Of course, if you’re not serious and you’re out of cell phone range, then you SOL.