Spending time in nature can be quite invigorating, you get to unplug, take time for yourself and cancel out all the noise of your everyday life. However, nature can be quite unpredictable so in order to truly master the outdoors you need to come prepared, geared up and ready for anything nature is about to throw your way.
This article is here to help, here is a list of things you need to have and do in order to make the time you spend in the great outdoors both memorable and stress-free.
Check out your destination
In order to really prepare to spend some time in nature you need to explore the terrain, see what you can use to your advantage and what you need to be mindful of. For example, soil composition, proximity of fresh water, type of landscape, whether it’s is a desert or a forest and of course the climate changes. In addition check out the weather forecast and temperature ranges for the time you are going to spend outdoors. All of these factors have a direct influence on what you need to pack, so it is important to be prepared, and not to go in blind.
Packing the essentials
For most nature trips there are certain essentials that don’t depend on the factors listed in the previous paragraphs. For example, you definitely need quality camping gear to ensure your stay in nature is both safe and comfortable. From tents to sleeping bags and utensils. You need to be able to sleep under the stars while still protected from the elements and insects. Apart from the essential gear don’t forget to pack up the right clothes to keep you warm, or cool depending on the weather. Thermo-regulated clothing might prove the best option in this case. Finally there is the food and water. In case you won’t be in the vicinity of fresh water you need to pack up sufficient amounts to hold you over the entirety of your stay in nature. As for the food, it is always a good idea to rely on canned delicacies and power bars.
Items you mustn’t overlook
Apart from the essentials there are certain items for which you need to double check your backpack prior to setting off. First a flashlight, the best version would be a solar one that can fill up during the day, or if it is battery operated make sure you bring some extra ones since you don’t want to find yourself in the wilderness at night without a light source. Next, a Swiss army knife, this great item can really be a lifesaver, you can use it for cutting rope or small twigs, eating or protection, it is really a much needed tool for anyone who is planning to spend some time outdoors. Finally, you shouldn’t overlook the importance of a first aid kit. This is vital, especially if you are planning on leaving civilization far behind during the course of your nature trip. As a much needed addition to your regular first aid kit make sure you bring an epipen since you might get bitten and end up with an allergic reaction.
Plan for the unexpected
Going on a nature trip, whether its hiking or camping, can lead you to believe that you can leave certain items like you laptop or credit cards at home since you are not planning on using them. On the other hand it is important that you pack some other items that might serve you well in a an unforeseen situation. First make sure that you have some emergency cash, you never know when you might need it or if an ATM will be located near by. Secondly, it would be wise to get a satellite phone as you might end up in an no service area and in a hurry to call for help.
You are now ready for anything nature can throw your way. All that is left is to lace up your hiking boots, strap on your backpack and start you fun filled adventure. There is nothing quite so relaxing as getting to spend time surrounded by the beautiful, untouched natural beauty.