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From Campsite to Trailhead: The Ultimate Outdoor Adventure Guide

Outdoor Adventure

Whether heading out for a hike, hitting a mountain trail, or embarking on a wild camping trip, preparation is key if you want your next outdoor adventure to be a success.

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There are so many beauty spots in the United Kingdom, as well as all over the world, just waiting for you to explore them. However, don’t be fooled by their pretty appearance; many hidden dangers are lurking in the outdoors that you need to be aware of.

An Epic Outdoor Adventure

Let us help you plan the ultimate outdoor adventure, from campsite to trailhead, with this expert guide.

Step 1: Plan ahead

As mentioned briefly above, when you are heading out into the wilderness, you need to be prepared. There are many spots in the UK which can be more remote and without help than you might expect. Plan where you are going to go in advance, rather than embark on a spontaneous trip, and research the area before you go.

If you are planning an expedition or competing in an event for a charitable cause such as a charity Tough Mudder race, make sure you know what to expect and train accordingly.

Step 2: Tell someone where you are going

The first rule of outdoor adventures that could mean the difference between life and death is that you must always tell someone where you are going before you head off. Ideally, this should be someone you trust and someone who you can rely on to call for help if needed.

Step 3: Get kitted out

You need to make sure you kit yourself in the right camping gear before you embark on an outdoor adventure, as otherwise, you could succumb to injury or illness. Check the weather before you go and consider what the climate will be like for the duration of your trip. Think about whether you will need extra layers or a waterproof jacket.

Step 4: Look after your feet

There is nothing quite like a painful blister to put a dampener on your outdoor adventure, and you may be surprised at just how quickly these can become problematic. Keep your feet protected by wearing a pair of good quality walking boots and treat any pain at the source before it gets any worse.

Step 5: Prepare for emergencies

It is always better to err on the side of caution when you are out in the elements, so you need to be prepared for emergencies. Firstly, you need to be able to get in contact with either your base or the emergency services. It can also be a good idea to carry a keyring with your emergency contact details on it.

Step 6: Don’t underestimate the cold

Once you start to get cold, it can be difficult to warm up again, so make sure you are dressed appropriately and have the right camping kit. Avoid wearing cotton clothing as, even though it is lightweight, it takes a long time to dry and isn’t very warm. Instead, opt for moisture-wicking base layers and always pack extra clothing in case the temperature suddenly drops.

Step 7: Know your limits

Last, but not least, you need to know your limits. Resist the temptation to walk when you are exhausted or climb higher when your feet are hurting and your stomach is rumbling. The outdoors can be very unforgiving, so it is up to you to keep yourself protected and take adequate rest.

Author Bio:

Tabatha Fabray is a freelance writer who specialises in finance, budgeting, and life planning. Tabatha is also passionate about supporting charitable organisations and is actively involved in her local community.

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