Almost everybody wants to go on an adventure of a lifetime. But what does this actually entail? Do you have to wrestle with lions in the Amazon, go on a shooting or hunting expedition in Scotland, swim with the crocodiles in the Nile, or trek the highest peak of Mt. Everest?
Well, whatever kind of adventure you enjoy, you should always plan your vacation as early as six months from the scheduled date to make sure that you have everything covered. To help you with that, here is a guide about the most important elements you should consider and prepare:
When you are on an adventure, the first thing that should be on your mind is "where am I?" Do you know your exact location, including latitude and longitude coordinates and highway routes? Ideally, you should have a portable GPS device and another one in your car. That way, your chances of getting lost are slim.
But other than a GPS, you should definitely bring your own detailed map of the area and a magnetic compass. Place these inside a zip lock and carry it with you inside a small waist pouch. This is the only way to be sure that you can find your way home when, or if, you get lost.
There is an old motorcycle mantra "dress for the crash, not for the ride". Think of this as you pack your suitcase for the trip. Are you prepared for emergencies, taking along extra clothes, thicker vests, or are you packing just exactly what you need?
Ideally, you should have extra clothing for spontaneous shooting or fishing adventures. It is better to have a heavier luggage than to freeze to death at an outdoor safari or nature park.
For overseas trips, make sure you always bring a first aid kit with you, complete with bandages, pain killers, aloe vera, antihistamines, insect repellents, Tylenol, and so on. You will find these immensely helpful in dire emergencies, especially when your travel activities include camping, hiking, mountain climbing, fishing, etc.
Do not forget to bring a camera with you to document those special moments with your friends and family. And even if you are travelling alone, there is no reason for you not to take pictures while fishing in the remote rivers of Tasmania. You can also bring an mp3 player to listen to your favourite tunes as you wait for your catch.
The trick to being fully prepared with your adventure is being self-reliant. You must know what to do during emergencies, who to call, and how to survive. Also, know your limits but do not be too zealous in testing them out. And lastly, have fun!
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