Outdoor Adventure Safety Tips
We’re all exercising precaution when venturing outdoors these days, but at Hilton Head Outfitters we always practice safety when we’re outside on an adventure. It’s the best way to keep your outdoor excursions fun and memorable for the right reasons. Here are some of our top tips for outdoor safety.
There’s a Norwegian proverb that says, “there’s no bad weather, only bad clothing” and we couldn’t agree more. Every outdoor adventure should start with a look at the forecast to make sure you’ve got all of the layers you need. In cooler months you’ll want to make sure you’ve got a thin, sweat-wicking base layer to keep you warm and dry and in the summer it’s important to have a light, breathable layer to ward off heat stroke and sunburn. Regardless of the season, you should pack sunblock and plenty of water.
Use our packing guide to help you prepare:
Check Your Gear
Whether you’re heading out for an afternoon canoe trip, trying paddleboarding for the first time, or simply hopping on your bike to head to The Dunes House, it’s good practice to check your gear before you depart. Do you have an emergency bailer in your canoe? A lead attached to your paddleboard? Are the breaks on your bike in tip-top shape? We work hard to maintain a high standard when it comes to the equipment we rent here at Hilton Head Outfitters, but in the interests of safety, we recommend giving your gear the once-over before setting out on your adventure.
Don’t shoot out of the gate too quickly when you set off on your outdoor adventure. Start slowly and gradually increase your speed or exertion level to ensure your body won’t run out of steam. If you do find yourself getting tired, don’t be afraid to stop and take a break. You can sip some water, snap a photo for Instagram, and give your body a few minutes to rest and recover.
One thing is for sure, you’re never alone when you’re in the great outdoors! Always be contentious of your surroundings. If you’re on your bike, keep a watchful eye for traffic or major bumps ahead. When on the water, keep a watchful eye for other crafts and be prepared if any big waves come your way. Always watch for wildlife and keep a respectful distance whenever possible.
Don’t Go It Alone
Even if you’re planning on a solo adventure, always tell someone where you’re going and when you plan to return. When you set out onto the lagoon from Hilton Head Outfitters, our staff is always keeping a watchful eye to make sure you return home. It’s important someone knows when to expect you back—in the unfortunate event that you get lost or injured that someone will know to send help if it’s needed.
A few minutes of planning can make all the difference in a safe and successful outdoor adventure, so pack appropriately, check your gear, tell someone where you’re going, and take the time to pace yourself and pay attention while you’re out having fun. For more information on stay safe in the great outdoors, check out our bike safety tips.