If you love spending any amount of time outdoors then you probably know that along with all the pleasures of outdoor activities there are also many risks. This is why there are a few different outdoor skills that you should learn before embarking on your next adventure.
1. Flora and Fauna
Knowing what your local ecosystem is like is going to help you determine what is safe and what is not safe. Particularly plant knowledge can play a huge role as it can help you determine which plants are or are not edible. It will also help you determine the best solutions if you end up touching or eating something you shouldn’t have.
2. Duct Tape
Duct tape is not so much a skill but rather a necessity. Whether you need to fix a backpack that broke, a hole in your tent, or even help you prevent blisters. There are truly hundreds of different uses and ways that duct tape can provide a solution in the case of an emergency.
3. Deal with mosquitos
Mosquitos can be one of the most annoying parts of being outdoors. While chemical repellents can do the trick, they can also be quite toxic. This is why you should learn all of the natural ways of repelling mosquitoes including using mint, thyme, and sage. This will help you keep the mosquitos at bay and also treat some of those nasty bites.
8. Sandpaper and matches
Before you start on your adventure you should line your match container with sandpaper. This will usually work a lot better than the regular material matches have, which often tends to not work well in all weather conditions. This will allow you to always build a fire, no matter what the weather is like.