Even the roughest and most seasoned of adventurers have to admit that things can go wrong. Even if you’ve been travelling to the most remote and dangerous places on the planet for years, all it takes is one mistake to change things. How can you prepare for this? Is there a way to truly be ready for anything? You can’t prepare for all eventualities. You can try though. Here’s how you can prepare yourself for the worst.
You or those travelling with you need to have some level of first aid training. Not everybody has to be especially proficient in it. Certain skills need to be learned though. Chest compressions for one. If someone suffers a cardiac event, their heart needs to be kept beating to push the blood through their body and oxygenate the brain as much as possible until help arrives. If someone falls, someone needs to be able to treat concussions and set broken bones if needed. Apart from these skills, you also need supplies. Basic first aid kits should be on everybody in your party. It should contain everything from splints for broken bones, to antibiotics for avoiding disease. Take no chances, don’t leave without first aid gear or training.
Food & Water
It’s common to take rations of both for your trip into tough environments. The problem is you can only carry so much, even split across several people. Too much food and water will just weigh everybody down, so you have to carry a limited amount. The amount you carry might not be enough to the whole trip, so you have to consider what happens when you run out. This emergency preparedness can be easy or hard depending on your location. You need to use your environment to get food or water. A water purification system should help you make any nearby water sources into clean drinking water. Food is a bit more tricky; you’ll have to catch it yourself. A hunting knife and the tools for a trap or snare should help.
Flares & Satellite Phone
If you end up stranded on your trip or get lost, you need to call for help. If travelling back the way you came is no longer an option, you need to have flares or a satellite phone in your equipment. The phone can get you a signal in even the most remote places on the planet. From there you can call for help. The flares should help rescue services mark your location. If they have to send a helicopter rescue vehicle, the flares will make you visible from a great height.
Weaponry & A Guide
In some tough spots, you’ll have to contend with vicious wildlife. It’s a good idea to be armed if this is the case. Some countries will not allow firearms and other weaponry, but commonly in countries where this threat exists they are legal. It’s also a good idea to have a guide with you who is familiar with the terrain if you are not. They can observe warning signs and detect threats before it is too late.