Just because you aren’t at a dance party doesn’t mean you can’t get some use out of glow sticks! They’re incredibly handy items to keep around in case you need to be noticed, like when you’re calling for help. Make sure everybody has one or two in their packs before heading on a hike. If you get separated, crack them up to create something that will be much easier to see in the dark.
Having multiple ways to stay safe during any kind of situation gives you the biggest chance of survival, and something as quick and easy as glow sticks are a good pick.
Taking a long hike? Good for you. Need to cross a river that doesn't have an obvious ford or bridge? Careful now. There are plenty of reasons why rapidly-flowing water can be dangerous. If you need to cross a stream or river, throw a branch into the water first. If it moves downstream faster than your normal walking pace, you need to find a different route or go to a different spot in the river.
Of course, always be sure to watch your step while you're crossing. Slick rocks, moss, or even fish can be treacherous.
Stay Safe With Your Smartphone
If you're like a really high percentage of the world, you own a smartphone. Maybe even two. You might be tempted to leave your phone at home if you're going camping, but there are lots of reasons to take it if you're headed to the wild. Tons of apps can help you keep yourself alive.
These include GPS apps of varying quality, apps that will let you know if there's bad weather on the way, apps that will tell you what plants are edible and which you should stay away from, army survival apps, a knots app, and many more.
Powdered Aspirin Is Faster
What do you do if someone is having a heart attack? Start CPR? Call an ambulance? The second one, for sure, but another tactic you might know is to have that person take an aspirin. But, and this might really mean something in the future, they shouldn't swallow it whole like most pills. They should chew it.
It will act faster, and aspirin is a blood thinner – it can make it possible for blood to get past clots. This doesn't guarantee survival, but it might make the chances a little higher, and sometimes that's all you need.
Keeping Cuts Clean
You probably remember your parents bringing out the brown bottle of hydrogen peroxide after you got a cut as a kid. It might have hurt, but it was for a good reason – eliminating potential illnesses. If you get a bad scrape but don't have any hydrogen peroxide on hand, what should you do?
A simple solution of salt and water is all you need. The steps are easy: put half a teaspoon of salt into a cup of water and boil it with the lid on. After it cools, you have something to help clean out cuts and scrapes.