Enjoying the outdoors is important but practicing safety first is even more important! One of the easiest tips for staying safe outdoors is to prepare for the trip; knowing the area you’re in or traveling to, what the weather is going to be like, and common sense definitely helps ensure a safe trip!
General Safety Tips:
- Don't travel alone. No one wants to be alone in an emergency!
- Let your family and friends know about your trip; where you’re going, your vehicle information, who you’ll be traveling with and when you plan on returning.
- If you'll be entering an area with little cell service, your group should have enough people that if someone gets ill or injured, someone would be able to stay with them while the others go find help. Also, research the area so help can easily be found!
- Make sure you are aware of any ranger stations or nearest phones in case an emergency does happen during your trip.
- An important factor to consider is to be in good physical condition. Don’t overdo yourself. Set a safe and comfortable pace. Also, make sure you have the skills you need for your trip.
- May seem out of our times but you may need to know how to read a compass.
- Always pay attention! Pay attention to your footing, walkways, and your surroundings. Stay on any necessary trails.
- Dress accordingly for your adventures.
- If you are using any equipment make sure you’re checking it and making sure it is working properly prior to your trip.
- Be aware of the weather prior to your trip. Make sure you are aware of any possible changes with weather.
- Make sure you have knowledge of basic first aid so you will be aware of injuries, illnesses, and how to treat them. Carry a first aid kit with you.
- Make sure you set up any camps before dark so you can clearly be aware of your surroundings. Always have a flashlight!
- If you drink, stay away from the cliffs. Yes, that may seem like common sense but judgment and balance can all be jeopardized and reduced with alcohol.
- Streams, rivers, lakes and other public bodies of water may appear to be clean but most contain parasites that can lead to serious illness. *Don’t forget to come prepared and packed with water!*
Day Trip + ICE: What Should You Bring?
If you are taking a day trip make sure to remember the essentials to be prepared for any emergency situations.
Here are a few great ICE necessities you should pack:
- Clothing (always bring something warm, extra socks, and rain gear)
- First aid kit
- Food (bring extra)
- Insect repellent
- Pocket knife
- Emergency Radio with batteries
Waterproof matches or store matches
These tips don’t need to be followed strictly and are simply suggestions for safe travels. Each trip, adventure, and situation is different but practicing basic safety is extremely important to avoid any avoidable injuries or illnesses. Exploring is great when we are doing it safely!
Travel smart. Travel safe.