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What to do? Where to go?

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After you decide you want to spend some time outdoors, the first thing you need to figure out is what kind of activities you want to do. Maybe you want to go on a leisurely stroll, maybe you wanna jump out of an airplane with a sack of nylon to slow your fall. No matter what you choose, you'll more than likely have a few options to choose from.

To help select an activity and location, consider why you want to go outdoors. Do you need a quick get away to disconnect? Are you looking for an adventure? Do you just want to get out of the house? These questions can help you plan your day!

It's also very important that you take time to think about what you're comfortable doing. Based on the nature of some outdoor activities, there are inherent risks involved. Always do research so you know what you're getting yourself into.

Our blog will be updated with reviews on different destinations, hopefully with some places that are close to you!

Good activities for beginner outdoor enthusiasts:

  • Nature walk/hike in a local park
  • Bike ride along a well-maintained bike route
  • Tubing with friends on a nearby lazy river
  • Have a picnic/cookout
  • Cabin trip with friends

SAFETY

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Preparation

Most important when participating in outdoor recreation is safety! The best way to enjoy being outdoors involves being aware of risks and doing what you can to avoid them. Take time to get familiar with weather conditions, wildlife in the area, and have a plan in place in case of emergency. The level of preparation will depend on the activity, but you should never head out without thinking about what you need to do to get back home safely.

Hydration

Regardless of the time of year, location, temperature, i.e. ANYWHERE, ANYTIME, you must stay properly hydrated! Drink water or a sports drink consistently. Just because you're not thirsty doesn't mean you aren't dehydrated.

Watch out for these signs of Dehydration:

  • Decreased urination/urine is darker or more yellow than normal

  • Headache, dry skin, dizziness

  • Lack of situational awareness/confusion

GEAR

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Once you've decided where you want to go and what you want to do, your next step is to figure out what gear you need to bring along. Prioritize your safety and comfort, then worry about how cool you look!

Different activities require different gear, but 9/10 a solid pair of hiking boots or shoes will be necessary. Find shoes that fit well to prevent rubs/blisters, and a material that is breathable... or warm... or waterproof, depending on what you need them for. Footwear should match the activitiy!

A good backpack goes a long way when you're out and about. Make sure your pack is the right size - not so big and bulky that it weighs you down, and not so small that you can't carry anything. We personally like bags that hold hydration packs vs. carrying bottles, but you can decide your preference.

Trust me... Melanin can only do so much! People of Color can get sunburned! Hats, sunscreen, and long sleeves can and will save you! Check the weather before you head out and always remember that it doesn't have to be hot or fully sunny, you're still getting exposed to harmful UV rays. Take some shades to protect your eyes too!