You wouldn't think of going on a boat ride without enough gas, or a climb without the right equipment. Here are a few simple safety measures that will go a long way.
Did you know?
You can turn regular camping equipment into a medical device if needed. For example, a tent pole and duct tape can be used to create a makeshift splint, and clean cotton t-shirts can be used as bandages.
Know where you're going
Create a realistic itinerary.
Know access points in case of emergency, or in case you need to cut the trip short.
Make sure loved ones have your itinerary.
Be realistic about the terrain. If you're not an expert, go with someone who is.
Pack like a champ
Make sure you have a current map/GPS.
Bring gear for activities and weather.
Speaking of weather, pack for potential storms and heat as well as what's forecasted.
Consider packing a Personal Locator Beacon.
Make sure to have any prescriptions you might need.
Pain management and allergy medication always comes in handy.
Bacitracin and iodine, as well as bandages for wounds.