Rules for exploring the wild outdoors

There is a big chance that, for once in your lifetime you find yourself not in your normal urban habitat, but into the wild. Going into the wild is not, by any means an experience you should take lightly. A lot of people died because of unfavorable weather conditions or because they didn’t have the necessary gear with them to make it on their own out there.

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The first and most general rule you need to obey to when you are on a trip in a remote place is good organization. That applies to almost anything you do: the way you pack your gear, your daily tasks, the order in which you secure the most basic needs, etc. If you are on an exploring trip, for example, it is quite important for you to manage your time properly between the main stop points. It is essential that you adapt your priorities depending on the area you are in. If the main problem is the cold, make sure you always have a tent endowed with a simple and fast installation system, if you are in a sunny area, make sure you have water provisions, etc. However, there is the so-called “rule of three” that you should always stick to. According to this principle, you can stay alive three hours without enough warmth, three days without water and three weeks without food. Thus, your priorities should mainly be approached in this order.

 

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Leave things as you found them. The equipment and products used by travelers can affect the environment that they are inhabiting, even if for short periods of time. Dishwashing detergent and other hygiene products can severely damage species of plants and animals. As such, make sure you dispose of your garbage and leftovers properly. For better protection of the environment you should use a camping stove and keep campfires to a minimum.  Don’t leave any leftovers behind you and cover the holes you dig for human waste.

 

If you do light a fire, make the least possible damage to the surrounding nature: use only sticks you can pick up from the ground and that you don’t need to cut from nearby trees. If you do need branches, make sure they are unhealthy, affected by parasites and dry.

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Be friendly to other visitors or to those in need. Human company is not something you are likely to enjoy into the wild, so, if you so happen to meet another person following your trail or a nearby course, you should be polite enough to make time and talk to them for a bit. Moreover, if you can help them with something need, don’t be selfish, give them as much as you can so that you can survive as well, but don’t say no if the request is reasonable, that person’s life may depend on your willingness to help them.

 

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