Safety Tips for Trekking

Adventures sports are one of the most favorite things that most of us want to try out during are vacations. Not only these adventure sports are fun but they also give you an altogether different experience of life. You live in a different world for quite a moment. The most common of these sports are trekking, hiking, paragliding, rafting, safari and parasailing.

But have you ever thought that what if some mishap happens while you are trying out any of these adventure sports? You can fall of in the river while rafting or it is possible that your parachute dose not open at the last moment. There are chances that while trekking your leg slips and you might fall way down. There are equal chances of you being lost in a jungle or a dessert while on a safari.

It is very important to listen carefully to the instructions that are given by the instructor before trying out any of these sports. Also, it is highly recommended to carry one’s own first aid kit and other medicines, on prescription. There are safety guideline books available for different sports. If needed, one must always go through them. Taking small kids to try out such adventure sports is not a good idea and can turn out to be dangerous.

Trekking is one of the most commonly chosen adventure sports. It is a combination of hiking and walking. Trekkers choose to cover long distances of mountain ranges, urban or rural lands, forests or any other preferred locations. The journey may take quite a few days, weeks or even months. Such trips help you enjoy the natural beauty closely and get to know better the life of remote villages in the hills. It is a good way to be connected to the nature. There are many associated companies that help you with your trekking trips.

To avoid any mishaps there are certain safety tips that one must always keep in mind. Below mentioned are safety tips one must keep take note of while going for trekking:

  1. Weather Forecast: Before you head for trekking or mountaineering it is very important that you check out the weather forecast for atleast as long as a week or for the entire trip. You must never start your trek in a bad weather. In slightest cases of rain do not forget to carry an umbrella, windcheater or raincoat.
  2. Thorough study of the Location: It is highly recommended that being setting off for a trek you must always know beforehand about every little details of the place. This includes knowledge of the wildlife found in the place, the plants and herbs, lifestyle of people and other important details. Also carry a direction compass and a map with you.
  3. Comfortable and Spacious Carry Bags: Make sure that the bag that you are carrying has enough space to keep all the necessary items. It should have multiple pockets and the shoulder straps must be padded and soft to avoid any discomfort during the trek.
  4. Comfortable clothes and shoes: While going for treks avoid wearing skin fit or uncomfortable clothes. Loose trousers and t-shirts are the most recommended one. To be prepared for any weather change, carry extra clothes with you. In order to avoid insect bites or rubbing skin against branches it is recommended to wear full sleeve t-shirts. It is equally important to wear comfortable trekking shoes to avoid any hindrance during the trek. It is good to have shoes a little bigger to than your regular size to avoid problems during swollen or hurting feet.
  5. Food: When going for treks carry enough food for your trip. It is good to carry food rich in carbohydrate. Avoid carrying too much or too little of it.
  6. First Aid Kit: In any one pocket of your bag keep your own small first aid it. It must carry bandages, cramp sprays, prescribed medicines and other medicines that you might require. You must get a body check-up done before going for a trek.
  7. Sleeping Bag and trekking rope: Carry your own sleeping bags and trekking ropes. Before you set up your camp at any place make sure you have studied the place well.
  8. Other requirements: Other than all the other items that you are carrying o not forget to carry a matchbox, extra blankets and bed sheets, knife, woolen socks, water bottle, lighter, torch and winter attires.

It is not advisable to go on a trek alone. Accidents can happen with even the most experienced trekkers. It is good to have a group of atleast five people with you. And also a good study of the location is important. It would not only help you be prepared for any adverse situation but you would also get an idea of what and how much to carry. Do not carry a bag that is heavier than what you can carry. Remember that it is not going to be for one day. You’ll have to carry the same over for weeks. It is also important to carry enough water with you. Being prepared in advance will help you have a happy and comfortable trek.

Happy Trekking !!

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