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7 Tips to Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Are you planning a trip? If you’re thinking of going to the great outdoors, then I’d say you’re in for a wonderful treat. Nature never fails to amaze us even for those who are already seasoned outdoorsmen. Even they never get tired of the beauty that surrounds them once they’re either in the wilderness or simply camping under the stars.
You can go at it alone or with a friend. You can even bring your family if you want to and it’s guaranteed to be one fun and memorable experience for all of you. But always keep in mind that the outdoors are not always a safe place to be in. It can be uncontrollable and unforgiving at times and the key to countering that is by simply being prepared before you even step out of your house.
So to help you prepare on your next great adventure, here are some tips to guide you.
1. Check if you’re in good shape.
It’s no joke to travel beyond the comfort and familiarity of the city that’s why it’s important that you are definitely sure of your own capabilities, especially of your health. Particularly if you’ll be gone for days, it’s best to first consult with your doctor who can give you a clean bill of health. Even better if you can get a general physical check up just to be on the safe side. It will cost you money but it will keep you safe.
2. Bring the right equipment.
Search online for forums or websites that talk about the basic tools and pieces of equipment that would-be outdoor travelers should be bringing along. These can be as basic as a flashlight, blanket, tent, cellphone, a box of matches, and others. Also, if you’re bringing along a small boat like a kayak or raft, it’s best if you have the right heavy duty utility trailer.
3. Always check the weather.
Nothing can dampen your vacation more than a heavy downpour. Unless you’re the type of person who enjoys camping in the rain, it’s always better to regularly check what’s the weather forecast for the day and days ahead. A simple radio can do this for you.
4. Document your trip.
You can do this by using a camera or simply writing in a journal as your day ends. If you’re going to write, I suggest you do it before you go to sleep so that your experience and memories of the day are still fresh and you can sincerely write all about it in your journal. If you’re not much into words, just taking pictures or videos would be enough.
5. Bring a friend with you.
Your trip would be more memorable and fun if you have someone who can share it with you. It can be a friend or a loved one. Of course this is something that the two of you should plan months ahead if possible so that you’re both properly prepared for the journey.
6. Don’t forget your binoculars.
Go bird watching or simply gaze at the beauty before your eyes. Nature’s wonder is far and wide and your own eyes may not be enough to see all of them. A pair of binoculars will surely come handy so you can look farther than your eyes can see. It will also help you find better places to visit if you’re in a natural park or near a canyon.
7. Appreciate the millions of stars above you.
When you’re far from the blinding city lights that you’ve been accustomed to, you’d be surprised to see countless stars in the night sky. You might not even realize that there are that many stars in the heavens as you can only see a few because of the street and building lights that surround you in the city. So take your time and lie down on the ground and enjoy the wonderful celestial view above.
It’s time to take that trip of a lifetime!
It’s now or never. If you’ve been dreaming of taking that trip to the great outdoors, now is the time to get started. Take out your notebook and list everything you would ever need. I’m sure you’ll get excited by simply planning all about it. Just be sure to always be prepared and anticipate everything you’d ever need on your trip so you’ll be able to go back and tell all your friends about it.