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THE GREAT OUTDOORS: A SURVIVAL GUIDE

Enjoy The Open Countryside Once More!


We have all spent the past year making the most of - the little outdoor entertainment available to us – by getting excited about our daily walk.

All that fresh air and exercise provided a welcome tonic to our unusual house-bound situation.

But as the country starts to open up and travelling outside your area is even encouraged – we can now set our sights on more adventurous walks.

For those of you who have always loved a hike, to those who have recently discovered the joys of the great outdoors – it is likely that this summer you are aiming to incorporate at least one epic walk into your plans.

Here are our top ten tips to make sure that you get the most out of the experience and more importantly keep safe.

loch in scotland with a castle in the distance

PART ONE: OUR TOP 5

1. PLAN:
This is true of any situation. But if you are planning on a sizable walk - then it is essential that you research the terrain, how long it should take and what you will need to bring with you.


2. DRESS FOR THE OCCASION:
- Always check the weather before you set out and consider the general climate – does the weather tend to change very quickly?
- Layers are the best way to dress, because you can remove/add to suit any changes in temperature.
- If you are in the UK, then a waterproof jacket is a must – as lightweight as possible – you can always add warm layers underneath.

family dressed for the hills walking down one

3. PROTECT YOUR FEET:
We all know how uncomfortable and occasionally debilitating blisters can be. Protect your feet as much as you can by preparing your footwear in advance.
- Buy some decent, well-fitting walking boots and ‘wear them in’ before you plan to walk any distance.
- Wear quality socks and take an extra pair just in case.
- Duct tape is useful for many foot-related injuries.

walking boots in the wet weather

4. PLAN FOR WALKING ALONE:
The best plan is always to walk with another person or a group. But if you prefer to head out alone then always tell someone where you are going and if possible - your exact route. They can then raise the alarm if you get into difficulties and cannot contact the authorities yourself. Walking alone conjures up images of a true freedom; you don’t have to compromise on the route and can experience a special kind of peace between you and nature. Done safely, it can be a perfect way to clear your mind of any external stresses – but it is important to remember that it isn’t for everyone.

walkers walking up a hill

5. TAKE PLENTY OF WATER:
Water is heavy to carry – but essential when you are walking. Take a reusable bottle and before you begin your hike, research locations on your route where you can obtain drinking water.
If you are planning to be out for a considerable amount of time, then you may wish to use water purification tablets which will make water from dodgy taps, rivers and even puddles drinkable. These tablets are always useful to carry in the event that things don’t go to plan and you are stuck somewhere.