Outdoor adventure travel is probably the most exciting travel on the planet. Man (or woman) against nature in the wild – the very idea gets the blood pumping, doesn’t it? Okay, outdoor adventure travel IS exciting, but it can also be extremely dangerous unless you take the right precautions. Outdoor adventure travel is great, but you want to live to tell your story.
Every year hundreds of people are killed or injured and are in need to be rescued simply because they didn’t use plain old (or maybe not so plain) common sense. You really don’t want to become an adventure travel statistic.
The second-most important need for human survival is water. (Air is first.) When you are on an outdoor travel adventure, be certain that you take plenty of water with you, and if your trip is to be an extended one, learn how to purify water to make it safe to drink. You can survive without food a lot longer than you can live without water.
No-frills packing is an essential part of outdoor adventure travel. Remember that you’re going to carry everything you pack, so pack light. Take the essentials and leave everything else behind. However, you do need to pack the right kind of clothing. Sometimes daytime temperatures can be moderate while nighttime temperatures can be downright frigid. Be sure to take a warm jacket and throw in some extra pairs of socks. Dry feet are important. And so are LONG PANTS – do not pack shorts for wilderness travel.
A basic first aid kit is an essential part of outdoor adventure travel. You can buy basic first aid kits for a reasonable price. Also, be certain that you take a sufficient amount of any prescription drugs that you need. An extra pair of eyeglasses is a good thing to pack, and you’ll need a Swiss Army knife as well as a pair of binoculars and a compass.