Do Not Eat Those Berries and Other Outdoor Advice for Beginners

Jimsonweed berriesNot everyone emerges from the forest a fully-grown mountain man. Some people have to learn things about the outdoors as they go. To help speed the process along, here are a few outdoor tips for beginner outdoor enthusiasts.

Outdoor tips for before you go

  • Plan ahead. Don’t wing it and try to consider everything that pertains to your time outdoors.
  • Practice the buddy system. Solo trips are reserved for the experienced, and even then, it’s not always safe.
  • Respect nature. The sun can burn you and make you sick. Rainstorms and cold temperatures can lead to hypothermia. Basically, be prepared and don’t underestimate the elements. Check the weather, bring sunscreen, and bring the appropriate clothing and apparel.
  • Spending time outdoors is a way to get healthy, but you should already be at a good level of physical fitness. Being fit will help you prevent injury and make your time outdoors more enjoyable.
  • Give yourself ample time. It could take longer than you think to finish out a section of river, trail, etc. You don’t want to get caught without enough food, water, or daylight.
  • Let someone know where you’re going and what your plans are.
  • Always carry the essentials with you.
  • Check your equipment and know how to use it.
  • Bring a first aid kit.

Outdoor tips for while you’re out there

  • Don’t eat berries (or other things) you find in nature. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve seen Bear Grylls do it. You can get sick and/or die. Not worth it.
  • Drink like a fish. That is, drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look for landmarks that can help you find you find your bearings if you get lost.
  • If you get good and truly lost, don’t wander around aimlessly. It’s better to sit still and wait for search and rescue than to roam without direction.
  • Be smart about fires. Build fires in rock rings clear from trees. Never build a fire during a burn ban, and never leave a fire unattended.
  • Pack it out, pack it in. Never leave trash or litter on the ground. Better yet, leave the trash at home.
  • Watch your step. Rocks can turn, dirt can be loose, and snakes can get really upset if you step on them. Pay attention to where you place your foot and make good decisions.
  • Know what time the sun sets. Typically, you want to start setting up camp a couple of hours before the sun sets.

Most people learn their own outdoor tips through experience. You will face some unexpected occurrence no matter how much research or preparation you do. The trick is learning from your mistakes and applying what you learned to your next adventure. You’re on your own for the learning experience, but we can help you with everything else. Check out our selection before your next trip out in nature. We carry everything you need for hiking, backpacking, camping, and more. Stop by and see us!

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