It’s easier than ever to go on a worldwide adventure. However, there are still plenty of things that you need to be aware of. While you may have watched all the episodes of ‘Bear Grylls’, that doesn’t make you a seasoned traveler or adventurer. If you’re just starting out, then you’re going to need all the help you can get, whether you’re competent in survival or not. Here are some life-saving tips that might help you out in a tough situation.
Keep people updated
One of the worst things you can do is not keep people in the loop. Sure, you might want to be at one with nature and disappear for a while, but that’s how people go missing. Of course, you might be fine, but there’s no point in taking the chance. There are many ways you can keep people updated, whether you’re letting someone at home know where you are, whether you’re traveling in a group of likeminded people, or if you want to update your GPS location. However, it is always recommended that at every point, someone knows where you are so that, if you do fall down a hole or something, you won’t be stuck there for the rest of your days. It has happened.
Manage and know your limits
Getting adventurous feels amazing. It’s a feeling of freedom that’s almost indescribable. However, one of your best safety nets is your judgment. We’re not going to sit here and tell you not to push yourself and test the limits, but that’s an entirely different concept to doing something you simply cannot do. Before undertaking any adventurous activities such as white water rafting, climbing, or even just hiking, know what you’re doing. Each will have its own list of rules, suggestions, compulsory safety kits, and so on.
Take a first aid kit
It’s a massive issue that travelers and adventurers don’t have their own outfitted first aid kit. You never know when you’re going to get into a spot of trouble or if you’re going to need something as simple as a band-aid or tweezers. You need to think about what kind of things you’re going to be getting up to and preempt possible injuries and disasters. Sure, it’s not fun thinking about it, but it’s even less fun when you’ve hit your head.
Get that safety gear
No experienced adventurer will skip out on the safety gear. While it might not seem ‘cool’ to wear it, anyone who regularly or professionally undertakes the activity won’t think twice about it. It’s better to wear protective headgear than end up in the hospital for fashion or for lack of research. Don’t be that person.
Know your location and the local emergency number
While you might be running on a high because you’re off adventuring, you should always endeavor to know where the nearest emergency room or hospital is. If you’re off exploring, make sure you always keep track of where you are and any landmarks. The reason behind this is being able to explain to emergency services where you are before anything worse happens to you.
Don’t overlook travel insurance because you’re trying to keep costs down. Sometimes you can take all the possible precautions and still get hurt. It’s not worth the stress and the bill if you’re injured abroad and need emergency medical attention. Stay covered, stay safe.
Going traveling and on an adventure can be some of the best experiences of your life, as long as you make sure you’re being responsible.