Truth be told, wilderness travel is very risky. Mountaineering, backpacking, hiking, trekking and even camping, they all mean leaving the safety and predictability of civilization behind. Luckily, there are certain things you need to keep in mind to assure a much safer and worry-free adventure. Here are the 5 of the most important tips:
1. You need to prepare well. There have many stories about a hiker eight miles from the closest road, at the middle of the night, with no water, and experiencing a sub-freezing night only wearing a short sleeve. They have underestimated and ignored the time needed for the trip and didn't make it back to their car before some suffering. More importantly, they had not prepared for the possibility of their adventure taking longer than assumed because of the change of weather. BE open to all the possibilities and have some good preparation and planning for each before you start your adventure.
2. You must carry an Android GPS App for the Outdoors device. Know how to use an outdoor GPS tool. Any GPS is better than nothing. Many people or even the expert outdoorsmen lost in the wilderness have hiked farther into empty country because they had no idea which direction to take to arrive at their next destination. But with the help of an Android device, everything is like a breeze. You have to practice near home and start using it before you need it, just to keep in practice and avoid getting lost which can lead to further problems.
3. Make time to learn survival skills. Get to know a few basic survival skills and wilderness travel becomes safer, more confident as well as more enjoyable. Knowing that sleeping under a pile of dry grass or leaves can help you keep warm is of huge advantage of saving your life in the woods. Learning to identify few wild edible plants can help you answer starvation when you lose your food, and make a trip more fun and thrilling in any case.
4. Get help from others. Remember, nobody can help and save you if they don’t know where to find you. It is important to leave information about your travel with someone. Don’t forget to bring your smartphone, you can easily give a ring your friend or family member if something bad happens or you are in a dangerous situation. Be sure to fully charge your phone before you go.
5. Practice fire making. Learn starting a fire