Be Prepared for Minor Outdoor Injuries

By on July 1, 2020

Believe it or not, summer is upon us. If you’ve been looking for a  reason to spend extra time outdoors, then search no further. Outdoor adventures are one of the finest ways to appreciate nature. There is no better feeling than sitting around a campfire, sharing stories, dancing, roasting marshmallows, and sleeping with your favorite people under the stars.

The most appropriate way of avoiding mishaps is to prepare for the outdoors appropriately. Awareness of the area, climate, terrain, your body’s limitations, plus a little bit of common sense can help create a safe and pleasant experience. Here is a list of outdoor tips to keep the outdoor adventure fun and safe for everyone.

Make Sure Everyone Is in Good Shape

Set a comfortable pace as you hike along the many trails you will find. A group trip should be designed for the weakest member of the group. If you have any medical conditions, discuss your plans with your health care provider, and get approval before departing. Make sure you have the skills you need for your camping or hiking adventure. You may need to know how to read a compass, erect a temporary shelter, or give first aid. Practice your skills in advance. If your trip will be strenuous, get into good physical condition before setting out. If you plan to climb or travel to high altitudes, make plans for proper acclimatization to the altitude.

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A First Aid Kit Is Essential

Learn basic first aid so you can prevent and address injuries and illnesses. Bring your first aid kit with you on your outdoor adventures. You can easily purchase a first aid kit at a medical supply store or you can buy the supplies and make your own. Learn how to identify and treat the symptoms of heatstroke,  heat exhaustion, hypothermia, and dehydration.  Bring a first aid kit which includes band-aids and bandages, antibiotic soap, sterile gauze pads, antibiotic cream, cotton swabs, sunburn ointment, aspirin or ibuprofen, hot & cold packs, eye drops, thermometer, tweezers, a small pair of scissors, first aid manual, eye drops, and a snake bite kit.

Sun Rays and Insect Bite Protection

Preparing ahead of time is the best way to avoid rainchecks and injury for anyone’s outdoor adventure. Make sure that any children are well protected from sun and bugs. Insect bites are not just annoying but can lead to serious allergic reactions and skin infections in rare instances. Since 2005, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that mosquito, tick, and flea diseases have tripled in the United States. Here are some good summer bug ideas for caregivers and parents to prevent insect bites.

Don’t use repellent bug on young babies. Apply only on healthy skin and outside of clothing. Apply the bug repellent 15-20 minutes prior to stepping outdoors. Make sure sunblock and bug spray are always in reach and wear protective clothes. Do not use scented sprays and shampoos because they will draw insects.

Keep a Close Eye on the Weather

Keep a close eye on current weather conditions and weather forecasts. Weather can change very fast in this area. Know the signs of approaching storms or weather changes. During lightning storms, avoid bare mountain tops, open areas, lone trees, streams, and rocks. Seek shelter at a lower elevation in a densely wooded area. Even in summer, hypothermia can result from exposure to wind and rain.

Avoid Traveling After Dark

Traveling after dark has led to many avoidable accidents, so travel only during daylight. Set up tents far from the edge of the cliffs, and learn the landscape at daylight. If after dark you have to leave camp, stay in the areas you’ve seen in daylight, walk with someone, and always use a good flashlight. Stay alert for slippery and wet places and take time to avoid tripping. Low-hanging trees and complex terrains can make it dangerous, and leaves can cover slippery areas.

More often than not, only minor injuries will occur when taking full advantage of summertime fun. Make sure that you are adequately prepared with our outdoor recreation safety tips. Be safe and have fun while enjoying the sunshine and warmer temperatures.

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Be Prepared for Minor Outdoor Injuries