Mother Nature is beautiful, but she’s also filled with danger. Getting out into the wild is a great way to recharge your batteries, find some calm, and really connect with the world around you. However, Mother Nature doesn’t discriminate. If you’re not prepared for the challenges, she may throw your way, then you could end up with serious injuries or worse.
Everyone has heard a story about backpackers that disappear into the wild and are never heard from again – you do not want to be a part of that type of story.
Luckily, you can prepare yourself for your next outing in nature so that if an emergency does arise, you’re more than prepared. Here are some tips to help you take on nature and a little information about how satellite PTT can help.
Do Your Research
One of the most basic rules of going outdoors is to always be prepared and in many cases, this means you must do your research. If you’re checking out someplace new to you, then understand what conditions you’ll be in for and the plants and animals that will be there, too. If you’re hitting the trail, you can find a lot of information about trail conditions that can help you plan for your trip, too. Also, don’t forget to check the weather report during your journey and plan accordingly.
Have a Compass and a Map
Technology is great but too many things can go wrong, leaving you in a potentially dangerous situation. Go old school and make sure you have a compass and map handy to get you where you want to go. These tools can help if you happen to get turned around or something goes wrong with any of your other navigation equipment. The map should be recent and ideally waterproof. Practice using them before you set off and familiarize yourself with landmarks in the area, so you know what to look for.
Pack Water (And Snacks!)
This may seem like a given, but many people who think they’re just going out for a short jaunt don’t pack enough water and snacks in case something happens.
Choose snacks that are lightweight but pack some calories. Go to your local sporting goods store to see what type of items they may have that fit the bill. It doesn’t have to be tasty; it simply has to fuel your body to help you survive.
As for water, it’s heavy. The water you pack with you will weigh you down. That’s why you shouldn’t worry about packing a lot of water with you, but instead focus on water purifying treatments in case you get stuck out in nature for longer than you planned. You can also find lightweight water filtration systems to use in an emergency.
Get Satellite PTT
If you’re going out in the wilderness, make sure to tell people where you’ll be and when you plan to return. As an extra backup, plan on getting a satellite PTT device to take with you in case of an emergency. This will allow you to communicate with the outside world no matter where you are
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