Many people like to go outdoors, and hiking or trekking or simply following a nature trail in a forest or in a park can seem like a good activity for a day of the week-end, especially after a long week of work. However, not everyone knows what to do and what not to do when it comes to taking a day off outdoors or preserving the nature trails.
Because there are enough people who forget that the surrounding environment is the one that sustains everyone’s life, here is a list of 10 tips, or better said – some advice – that you need to remember wherever you go in the nature – natural parks, seaside, lakes, forests, mountains, you name it.
It’s not necessarily a tip for protecting the nature trail, but it’s definitely something useful for protecting yourself. Wondering why? The answer is very easy – using sunscreen will definitely help you have a good time, avoiding sunburns and heat-stroke, as these can be very dangerous and it can make you even lose the trail that you’re following.
Using sunscreen is not just for when you go at the beach, because even in a forest or on the mountain the sun can still cause you problems, and you always need to be prepared.
Whenever you follow a nature trail, it’s important to have enough energy to be able to finish it safe and secure. For this, you’re going to need to make sure that you have something to eat while you’re outside, and a trail mix is the best choice when it comes to it. You certainly know that a trail mix is something that every biker has for “emergency situations” when it comes to energy, but those that can be found on the market are not always recommended.
This is because the level of salt and sugar is not adequate for following a nature trail an entire day, and you can discover that they are not helpful at all. Instead of buying something from the super-market, you can try and make your own trail mix, as it can be very easy.
All you have to do is combine some natural ingredients, like cashews, almonds and pistachios – raw nuts which are high in proteins, along with some goji berries, dried cherries, dates or blueberries, as all these can add up to the sugar level and the sweetness that everyone is looking for. If you’re looking for something more special, add some raw cacao nibs, which is a great way to include some chocolate in the whole mix.
Make sure you carry some water with you when you choose a longer nature trail. Actually, it doesn’t matter how long the trail is, because you still need water for this road. Finishing a nature trail is something like a strong workout for many people, because many are having a sedentary lifestyle, and doing this can prove to be quite a challenge. If you have enough water with you, you won’t be tempted to go out the trail in search for a source of water – this way your chances of getting lost will decrease exponentially.
Fire, Light and a Whistle
Even if starting a fire can be forbidden on most of the nature trails, you will still need these items for protection and for making sure that you stay safe. It’s a good way to making sure that you will have the necessary warmth and that you will be seen in case something goes wrong and there is an emergency. It’s easier to spot smoke from a bigger distance than to yell for someone to help you out. A light is also necessary in case it gets dark and you’re still on the trail.
Apart from this, the whistle is a “must-have” item whenever you go on a nature trail, because you can e stuck in a certain situation and if the rescuers can’t see you, they might as well hear you if you have a whistle that you can use.
Even if you are a smoker, it’s advisable to try not to smoke on the nature trails. This is because you can pay less attention to where you put out the cigar, and it can end up in a fire. If you still want to smoke, make sure you have a small jar filled with water, and you can stop along the way and smoke, but make sure the use the jar as an ashtray – this will prevent anything from catching fire.
Use Just the Trails
Don’t go wondering outside the trails. The trails are signalized especially so that people could be able to follow them without getting lost, so make sure you use just the trails. The rest of the area can be dangerous or can contain passages that you won’t be able to cross. It’s better to take a longer way and stay safe than to use a so-called shortcut and get lost.
The wildlife in any area is protected, so don’t go on a nature trail considering that it’s OK to bring a gun and start shooting whatever animal comes your way. Hunting is forbidden in any area, not just because there are also people using those trails, but mainly because animals should be protected.
If you’d like to hunt something, there are specially arranged areas where you can use your skills for this. It’s not advisable, but those who are looking for that thrill can definitely find something on their liking.
All Pictures, No Traces
You know that it’s wonderful to have a beautiful picture with the landscape that you’ve seen and the places where you have been, but it would be a pity to leave behind packs and plastic bottles. When you use a nature trail, make sure you leave nothing behind, not even a small piece of paper. The natural environment needs to be protected, and if you leave something, it can create a certain imbalance. No matter if you think that everything will perish at one point, just remember that plastic takes about 100 years until it decomposes.