It is coming up to that time of year where we look at what we hope to achieve and do next year and how to go about doing them. Some people call them resolutions; others call them goals and dreams. Whatever you call them, it is important to get the very best out of them.
If one of your resolutions for 2021 is to get outside more and experience the great outdoors and everything it has to offer, here are our tips to help you to get the most out if it.
Before you attempt anything, whether you fancy trying out wild water swimming, mountain climbing, fishing or anything else, make sure that you have all the right gear. It is a huge part of not just having fun and being successful out there, but keeping you safe and healthy as well. If you try climbing up a mountain in a pair of standard trainers, you are going to end up with at best sore ankles and feet, at worst falling, getting stuck or breaking something. There are some things that are essentials, some that are common sense and some that are just plain great ideas. A Wet & Dry Changing Robe, for example, makes sitting around more comfortable and helps you to get changed discreetly and conveniently.
Make sure someone knows where you are going
We have all watched the films, right? 127 hours is a great example of what not to do – do not go anywhere without making sure at least one other person, preferably more, know where you are going and what time you are expected to be back. This is particularly important if you are heading to somewhere remote or going out alone. Never change your route without letting someone know either. It is how way too many horror stories start.
Document your experience – but do not forget to live in the moment
This can be a hard balance to achieve sometimes. What is the point in doing something amazing if you are not present at that moment and taking it all in? However, at the same time, what is the point in doing something amazing if you do not have something to look back on in the future? Take photos, make videos, record things, write them down – but do not do so much that you spend your whole time behind a camera and not enjoying them as they are at that moment.
Know what to do in an emergency
Even in the best-planned and seemingly risk-free adventure, things can and go wrong, so knowing what to do in an emergency is essential. What will you do if your car breaks down or you get completely lost with no signal? What happens if someone becomes ill or gets injured? Foreseeing some possible emergency scenarios and having an idea of what you will do if they ever happen is important.
The outdoors is something pretty amazing, and if you have decided to make the most out of it in 2021, well done. Take something from it, learn new things about yourself but make sure you are prepared for every eventuality.