Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’. Here at Sub Zero we also believe you can find wilderness and beauty on your doorstep. Put these two observations together and you have the beginnings of an outdoors micro adventure.
Here are our 10 top tips to start you on your way:
- Research: If time is tight you might want to consider doing a little research, or at least thinking about it a little before setting out.
- Wing It: On the other hand, you can just pack a few essential and head off. Sometimes planning an off-beat adventure can be half the fun off actually carrying it out. Freedom to set your own challenges, timescale and style is what it’s all about.
- Accommodation: If you’re planning on staying overnight, consider where you might sleep and how. However, you could always walk through the night for a completely different experience.
- Lightweight: Aim to travel as light as possible, bearing in mind your safety and comfort. Into your rucksack you should pack a waterproof jacket, map, head torch, something to eat, a full water bottle and a small first aid kit.
- Clothing: Spare warm clothing, such as a base layer top or a down jacket, is sensible and you might want to carry a small stove and tent or tarp if your adventure would benefit from carrying the extra weight.
- Luxuries: If you’re happy carrying extra weight then think about a few non-essentials you may wish to take, but preferably those items that won't take up too much room.
- Survival: If you’re heading for the hills or remote areas, then it’s sensible to carry a survival kit that should include as a bare minimum a whistle, bivvy bag, compass, and matches/lighter.
- Weather: Check the weather before you leave but, unless the forecast is dire, don’t let bad weather put you off – make dealing with it part of the adventure.
- Contactable: Remember to let family or friends know what you’re planning to do and how long you’ll be away. Ideally you should give them at least a rough overview of your route with possible detours you may take. If you see someone in trouble or are in trouble yourself then call 999.
- Transport: If you are travelling by car then make a note of where you park up. After a fun adventure it is very easy to forget or become confused as to where you actually left it.