- Don’t throw garbage in streams, lakes and rivers.
- Don’t throw wrappers, empty cigarette packets or other litter by the waterside. Keep these in your pockets or rucksack and dispose it at the correct place.
- Don’t panic in case of emergency. Stay cool, Think clear.
- Don’t venture into the forest or any place alone.
- Don’t remove plants, flowers and trees or damage them.
- Don’t disturb forest ecology and nature’s balance.
- Pay attention to the guide. The advice is important to enjoy your outing.
- Carry your personal medical kit, suited for your specific medical needs. Check your kit before every trip.
- Apply sunscreen lotion to the exposed parts of the body, specially the ears.
- Be sure your sunglasses protect against ultra-violet light. If not you run the immediate risk of sunburned eyes and down the road cataract.
- Each group in the party should keep the litter in one place to be brought back and burnt or buried as required.
- Drink before you are thirsty. If your body is a mere 1-2 litres low on water, your physical performance can drop as much as 25%.
- Munch often to feel better. A snack about every 2 hours, especially a high carbonate snack, keeps your store of muscle glycogen high.
- Listen to body parts that tend to chafe. You know the places where moist skin rubs against moist skin, creating a painful rash. Carry a small bottle of talcum powder and apply 3-4 times a day to keep the chafe-prone skin dry. If that does not work, resort to a lubricating jelly.
- Make sure that your boots are in good shape and comfortable. Don’t try to lace them up extremely tight. Boots laced too tightly cause more blisters than boots laced too loosely.
- Make sure your socks fit. Ill fitting socks encourage blisters. Baggy socks form clumps of material apply undue pressure to feet. Restrictive socks reduce healthy circulation.
- Hike around or step over obstacles. You’d be amazed at how many different parts you can damage by slipping off a log or a rock. In addition to avoiding injury, stepping over something requires less energy than stepping up onto it.
- Lift correctly. To avoid injury, lift heavy packs by setting them on a rock or a log, sit in front of it, slip into both straps and settle the pack on your back. When ready to stand, lift with your legs- try not to bend at the waist too much.
Suggested Items To Carry
One day outing
Rubber sole (trekking) shoes; extra set of clothes; personal toilet kit; chocolates; notebook; cotton sun cap; camera ; day and night binoculars, sun glasses, rain/warm wear; personal medical kit; extra laces.
Two day camp
Rubber sole (trekking) shoes; chocolates; cotton cap; sun glasses, torch with new batteries; extra set of clothes; toiletries; mosquito repellent; personal medical kit; notebook; sleeping bag; rain/warm clothing; sandles; extra laces; Swiss knife; ;camera;extra pair of socks.
Optional- pillow, binoculars, shorts and handy music pod.