Safety

  1. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.  Also leave a note (at the hostel, on your tent, on your bike/car, etc.), which can be found if you don’t return around the expected time.
  2. Wear sensible, ideally bright (for visibility), rain-proof clothes and solid, durable shoes.
  3. Go out with another person, if at all possible.
  4. Always take a safety kit.    It can include –
  • mug (stainless steel if possible, to reflect),
  • fire lighters (cigarette lighter/fire-stick/small cube of firelighter/magnifying glass, etc),
  • metal spoon – for eating and digging (to avoid getting cut),
  • whistle,
  • small reflective safety blanket (for protection from rain/warmth/visibility) and if possible a piece of tarpaulin or sheet of heat insulating plastic,
  • bottled water and small amount of food,

Most importantly:

STOP, THINK and EXPAND YOUR AREA OF THINKING AND/OR SEARCH

i.e. think wider, think outside the box, search beyond the boundaries of what you did before.

Deal with safety in this order of priority:

  1. Shelter (warmth, protection from the weather is vital)
  2. Fire (warmth, signalling, boiling water, cooking…)
  3. Water (water needs to be smelt and can be tested using saliva to see if there are pollutants in it – if there are detergents, a blob of spit will break up)…
  4. Food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With thanks to Fraser Christian.