Being lost in the wilderness is not cool at all, but overheating, dehydration and heat strokes can truly suck out all the fun juice out of any trail. When you are leaving for a long horseback ride, you must always prepare for the worst that can come. Sometimes, the worst can be losing your trail on a very hot day and wandering into a deeper forest or the wide open lands without any fresh water in sight.
Here are the top 7 survival tips from the experts who have braved the heat, conquered the wild and emerged with some great stories to tell –
Bandana in cold water: the ideal way to keep water cool is to fill a bottle and freeze it overnight. Leave with it inside a plastic bag inside your backpack of the saddlebag, and you can sip cool water throughout the day. When the sun is high, you can soak a large handkerchief or a bandana in it and tie it around your neck.
Sunblock: when stepping out, never forget to put on sunscreen. On regular days SPF 30 is fine, but when in the wilderness with no chances of reapplication, choose an SPF 50 or SPF 60+ product. Apply generously on all exposed areas.
Personal fan: these are not just for royalty! You can always carry a small battery operated fan with you on your long trail. On a hot day, a little cool breeze from time to time can refresh you even when you are riding.
Cooling your horse: tie a thick sponge to a strong string long enough to reach the ground. When you are crossing a stream or even a canal, drop it in the cool fresh water to soak up. Wring it on your horse’s neck regions to keep him or her cool on a hot day.
Misting bottle: Misting bottles are great companions on a hot day’s journey. If you watch a horse race today, you will see the jockeys cooling themselves off with misting bottles and keeping their horses cool too. It works best when you are traveling in dry heat.
Sun hat: while traveling through clearings the sun can be particularly harsh on your head. To prevent unwanted dehydration and even a heat stroke, you should carry a hat. Even helmets are great if you are worried about safety, but they do not allow for as much ventilation. In a humid climate, helmets can do more harm than good.
Water timer: everyone has fitness devices and mobile phones these days. Use them to set reminders for drinking water regularly. Sometimes, we get caught in the beauty of the surroundings and forget to pay attention to the smaller needs, like drinking water at regular levels. Drink cool water to keep your body from overheating. If you are losing too much water, try mixing some ORS in your drinking water.
These seven tips have helped hundreds of travelers, riders and long trail hoppers from time to time. Keep these items at arm’s length to enjoy a happy and healthy wilderness experience.
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