There is nothing like a relaxing time in the great outdoors. The sights, the fresh air, and the beauty of nature are all wonders to behold. Anyone can enjoy the outdoors as long as they are safe. Here are some tips that will keep you safe when you’re having fun outdoors.

Before heading out, leave a detailed account of where you will be with someone you know. Select someone that you consider responsible and tell them where you’re going, when you’ll be leaving, and when you’ll be back. Also let them know the weather conditions of the area, the vehicle you’ll be using, along with its license plate, and the location and number of a nearby ranger station that can be contacted.

If you’re going to do any outdoor recreational activities, always bring someone with you. You may need help if something goes wrong while you’re outdoors, and if there is no one around to help you or at least take you to get help, then a bad situation can get much worse.

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For remote areas, it’s best to travel in groups of four or more, because if one person becomes injured, another person can stay with them while the rest can get help. When venturing into unfamiliar territory, bring someone with you who is familiar with the land, and stay away from closed areas.

Even in a recreational outdoor setting, water is necessary to have. Be sure to drink plenty of water before heading to a recreation spot, and bring some with you so that you can stay hydrated throughout the day. The water may add extra weight to the items you have to carry, but it’s better to have some on hand than be without it.

If there are any fresh water sources in your recreation area, you can use them as long as you filter and chemically treat the water for microscopic organisms and parasites that can wreak havoc on your body.

Although the sun can provide light for you to see while outdoors, it can also be harmful, which is why you should bring sun protection when doing any outdoor recreational activities. Sunscreen is a necessity because the sun can cause sunburns in any season, and a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and UVA and UVB protection will provide adequate protection.

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Also wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your head and eyes. The sun’s glare can severely damage unprotected eyes to the point of temporary blindness, and an uncovered head can lead to rapid dehydration and possible heat stroke.

Place a first aid kit into your inventory to be prepared for any possible injuries. Anything can happen during a recreational trip, from accidental falls and scrapes, to bites and stings from insects and snakes. The kit will need items to clean and bandage any wounds, as well as items to counteract the effects of toxins from animals and plants.

The items in the kit are not a cure everything solution and you must still seek medical attention in the event of an injury, but they will lessen any symptoms and increase the chances of recovery and survival.

It is important to remember that safety is vital in an outdoor environment. Keep these safety tips in mind and your next recreational experience in the great outdoors will be a good one.