It has been a year since we started blogging about our binge-exploring advantures and during this time you may have built up a serious case of FOMO?! Well, let the cooler weather be your cure.
We believe that cool weather and the outdoors go hand in hand in. Should you beg to differ, check out our thoughts on why exploring Australia during the next few months is the bees knees and no doubt you will start planning all your winter weekends stat.
Perhaps the ‘Fear Of Missing Out’ diagnosis is due to being anxious that something could go pear shaped or because living an adventurous lifestyle is out of your comfort zone – and that in itself can be overwhelming.
By no means are we Everest scaling, Alexander Supertramp contenders but, we have been on more than enough adventures to figure out what can go pear shaped. We have made these blunders so that you do not (or at least minimise the chances of them happening) and thus cure the FOMO.
“When I wake up, in the morning light, I pull on my jeans and I feel alright…”
Although you will LOOK super stylish you may not necessarily feel it. Denim retains moisture, takes too long to dry out and sucks away body heat which in the cooler weather could result in getting a chill and could is the worst cases lead to hypothermia. And did we mention chafe?
Stacking the cart @ Kmart
Because seriously, who does not love a bargain?! But, for Benjamin Franklin’s sake, avoid big chain stores (where possible) and trust the specialty outdoor stores and reliable brands for the gear that matters the most; footwear, rain gear, backpacks, tents etc. Like Franklin once said, “the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.”
Filleting your feet
The success or failure of any adventure is your footwear. Wear shoes that have already been broken in. If you have just bought a new you beaut pair of hiking boots, wear them around the house/to the shops as much as possible to break them in and build some calluses on your feet before their big maiden voyage.
Packing an entire pharmacy or having nothing at all
Neither is recommended. A medical kit should always be readily available and must reflect the length or your trip as well as personal/group medical conditions. Basic essentials to include – band-aids, blister kit, alcohol wipes, antibiotic ointment, ibuprofen, bandages, hydrolyte tablets. Also, suncream, insect repellent and some toilet paper would not go astray. You can thank us later for reminding you on this magic trio.
There is no doubt that we all have those spontaneous moments but, you would hate to look back on the trip and think ‘wish I had of known about that beforehand’. We are not saying research absolutely everything because the unexpected is usually what brings the unbelievable. Research things like the lengths of hikes, camp grounds in the area, National Park websites for any closures or warnings.
Forgetting the firewood
(and marshmallows). Not all camp sites prohibit fires but a lot do therefore firewood can be the last thing on your mind when packing the car. But because you have done your research on the area 😉 you will be more than prepared for a rowdy night on vodka infused marshmallows.
Using natural light
The importance of lighting is often underestimated and would hate to rain on your parade but, the campfire and moon is not going to produce sufficient lighting when you are preparing dinner or when you are starting/finishing the hike. Headlamps (remember the spare batteries) will become your ultimate sidekick.
Leaving food / rubbish accessible
You would think this would be a no brainer but, so many campers get caught out and wake up to a racket of possums rummaging through the rubbish bags. Ensure all rubbish is either put in a tightly sealed container or inside your car. Make sure that the car windows and doors are closed properly because where there is a will, there is a way. And yes, the cunning little creatures will also snack on (or in our case devour) that cute succulent on the dashboard of the car.
Google’s forecast is Sunny
Weather in the wilderness is unpredictable and can deteriorate quicker than you think. You should always be prepared for all types of conditions. A warm, light weight rain jacket with a hood is ideal to always have with you. Even sussing out the winds can help prepare for the approach to the summit.
Dressing like an onion
Layers on layers on layers. It seems like a great idea when the temperature is 6 degrees with winds that will knock you off your feet. However, mid hike you will strip off and will end up carrying all the extra weight in your backpack. It also helps to begin feeling a little cold as your body will heat up and adapt to the temperature quite quickly.
Forgetting the SD card
Check all photography equipment before departure. The only thing more devastating than forgetting to charge the camera battery is leaving the SD card in the computer at home.
Taking a four-course meal
The duration of your hike will determine the amount of food taken. However, try to avoid falling in to the trap of long hike = lots of food. Throw in a few energy bars, some fruit and nuts and some red frogs. Leave the sandwiches and containers of salad in the car for when you return. A food coma is not great at the best of times let alone when you are 6km deep into nature. Plus, you need blood to keep pumping through your legs and not rushing to your stomach to digest all the food.
Leaving things out to dry overnight
Clear skies or not, put everything undercover as there is always a chance of waking up to a wet dewy morning and possibly soaking wet clothes, towels and maybe even your camp chairs!?
AND most of all, enjoy your time in the outdoors because a life of binge-exploring is a life well lived.