Top Tips for Safely Exploring Wild Countryside

The vast majority of this planet's billions of inhabitants live in what might crudely be termed 'tamed' surroundings.

In other words, they do not need to pit their skills against wild and unforgiving countryside on a day-to-day basis in order to survive. Whatever may have been the case for ancient Man, most modern people have therefore simply lost many of their wild terrain survival skills, as well as even their basic instincts relating to the need for caution in truly natural surroundings.

Given that many people when on holiday love to kick off into some fairly remote spots to experience nature in all its glory, it's perhaps worthwhile touching on a few safety reminders.

  • Remember that there is a huge difference between going for a Sunday afternoon stroll through farmland and over a few gentle hills back home, to striking off into really wild and largely uninhabited countryside. So, don't treat safety precautions as a joke. If you do, that countryside can kill you.
  • Try to avoid heading out on your own. If you're taken unwell or fall and break a limb, you could be in serious trouble - though that also links to the following point.
  • Take some form of mobile communications with you. In really unpopulated countryside you may find a marked lack of reliable communications networks and if that's the case, you may wish to consider renting a satellite link phone. That would be particularly important if you were travelling alone.
  • Make sure you are well equipped with basic survival equipment. If you are walking that should include plenty of additional water, high protein and sugar-boost foodstuffs, sunglasses, a strong sun barrier cream, a good hat, insect repellent, a pair of serious as opposed to designer wild country boots and a good sturdy hunting knife of some sort or another. If you are in a car, do likewise but simply take more on the water and foodstuff side plus two spare tyres, some spare fuel and a good toolkit as well as some basic spares.
  • Tell someone locally and also your family or friends, where you are going, what route you plan to follow and when you are due back. Your luxury holiday apartment complex may offer such notation services in addition to the parties mentioned above.
  • Take experienced local advice about things to watch out for (and also to see of course) on your explorations. If you are offered 'keep out of danger' tips, make sure you follow them.
  • Don't become paranoid but do be sensibly cautious about wildlife. Something that looks cute, cuddly or simply interesting might show a very different face if you walk up and try to prod and poke it!
  • Think carefully about your planned itinerary. You may think you are tough and can cover a lot of ground but genuinely wild countryside can take it out of you more than you would believe possible unless you have lots of experience in that domain. So, set yourself achievable targets rather than planning to walk (or drive) highly optimistic bordering unrealistic distances in a single day.
  • Respect private property. It may look like open countryside to you but if someone owns the land, they may not welcome you and your party tramping across it. If you see signs telling you that something is private and to keep out, obey them.
  • Whether you are walking or driving, make sure you take at least a basic first aid kit with you. Even something as trivial as a headache due to bright sunshine can turn your hike into a misery or even prove to be extremely dangerous if it becomes debilitating.

You should go out and enjoy the true beauty that is wild nature but remember to always treat it with the utmost respect.

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