Now that the pandemic is receding from our lives (finally!), you can do one thing that you always wish to do. Adventure in the wild! Getting away from the civilized world and from the people, you’re living with almost every day of your life, can be a good change in your life, only if you take the necessary precautions. Whether it’s mountain-climbing, backpacking trips or just venturing into the wild, it’s important to be careful in the environment that you’re not familiar with and be safe in wild. 

With that said, the below-mentioned are some of the important tips that you need to keep in mind if you want to stay and be found safe in wild. 

7 tips to stay safe in wild amidst the unknown

1. Prepare yourself to safe in wild

It’s essential to prepare yourself for what you’re getting into as the wild is the ultimate source of uncertainty with which you need to familiarise yourself. Ask yourself the following questions: 

  • Do you know the place you’re going into?
  • Do you have enough Band-Aids?
  • Does this place have animals?
  • Does the place have any network connection? Are you prepared not to be in touch or be socially inactive?

Always carry a flashlight with you. Sometimes, in certain places darkness spreads easily and quickly. And you know how dangerous darkness can be in the wilderness. Not only that, but it’s also important to learn how to build a fire as it is one of the most important skills to be learnt when you’re on your own in the wild. 

Remember to carry a pack of good clothes concerning the place you’re going to. If you’re going to a tropical place, the weather will be generally warm. So, make sure you pack clothes accordingly. Be that as it may, do not carry or wear cotton clothes, no matter how comfortable or cool they are. When it rains, it might stick to your body and convolute things for you. 

It’s also essential to wear the right footwear if you don’t want your journey to be discomforting. Wearing flip-flops or heels will probably put your life in danger and cause serious skin damage. Therefore, it’s extremely important to wear some right footwear which will ensure comfort and safety, for instance, boots. While selecting the footwear, you have to be mindful of where you’re going and choose accordingly. 

2. Always let your closed ones know where you’re going to

It’s always prudent to let your friends or your loved ones know where you’re going. If possible, always leave a trail on your way so if something happens to you, people know where to look for you in the wilderness. 

Staying in the wild does not necessarily entail that something bad might happen to you but it’s always beneficial to tell someone close to you where exactly you’re going. Sharing your posts on social media is not the same as sharing your whereabouts with your close ones. It’s fun to be socially active but it’s also rational to use your common sense and let someone know where you are and what you’re doing.

3. Stay hydrated

Now, this point cannot be stressed enough. Carry enough water with you so you can stay hydrated for the time you stay in the wild. If it’s not possible for you to carry the water, at least find a place where you can store the water and can always come back to it for consumption. A person can go without consuming food for approximately three weeks but one cannot survive without drinking water for even three days. So, statistics are right in front of you. Be mindful!

4. Carry some snacks

Needless to mention, don’t forget to carry some snacks with you, because there are chances that you will be hungry and it’s not possible to rely on wild fruits or vegetables for your sustenance. Plan your travel and carry some snacks accordingly. It’s not necessary to carry something heavy; you can carry lightweight snacks such as nuts, dried fruits and vegetable chips. 

5. Carry a first-aid kit

Again, this is also one of the most essential points that need to be stressed. Your first-aid kit should include all the essentials, ranging from a band-aid to all the necessary medications especially if you’re suffering from any disease, burns or disability. Make sure that you write or colour-code all the medications so that you know which medication that you have to consume and how to consume. According to the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), you need to include the following medications in your general first aid kit: gloves, safety pins, moleskin, steri-strips, note-pad and pencil, biohazard bag, ace bandage, whistle, thermometer, emergency blanket, tweezers, scissors, band-aids of variety of types, second skin, cravats, gauze pads that belong to several sizes, signal mirror and a syringe. 

6. Don’t forget to carry a map

When it comes to journeying in the wild, it’s near to stupidity, to rely on your phone or its network connection. Since the network connection will always be shady in the wild, make sure that you carry a map with you which will bring some clarity as to your whereabouts. 

Make sure that you carry your map in a waterproof container and learn how to read it if you don’t by now. You can also carry a compass to make your work easier. Another way to make your travel much easier and consider a safe stay in wildlife is to ask several other hikers who are joining you or people who have been residing there for almost their entire lives.  

7. Find the safest place in the wild to spend your night

Don’t forget to carry a sleeping bag or a tent with you. Since you’re planning a journey that will probably exceed one day, you need to carry a sleeping bag or something that will help you spend the night.

These are some of the safety tips that you can keep in mind to stay safe in wild. Hope you found them helpful! 

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