The warmer weather is coming, and with it the chance to head outside to enjoy the fresh air. Many families head to national parks and remote locations to get away from it all, and enjoy unspoiled wilderness. Estimates put spending on recreation in wilderness environments at a whopping $646 billion per year.
It’s great to foster an appreciation of nature within your family, but it can come at a greater cost than mere money if you and your family members don’t learn a few basics in relation to the potential hazards involved in hiking and camping, especially if you are very far off the beaten track and miles away from the nearest medical assistance and first aid supplies.
In this guide, you will discover some of the main health concerns related to going out in the wilderness in order to help readers prepare for any close encounters that might be of an unhealthy and even dangerous kind.
Knowing before you go can be one of the best ways to keep you and your family safe. Download this guide today onto your mobile devices and be sure to take it with you the next time you head out on the trail.
Table of Contents
What’s in This Guide
Watch Out in the Wild
Chapter 1-Altitude Sickness
Chapter 2-Cold-Related Illness
Chapter 4-Heat-related Illness
Chapter 5-Insect Bites and Stings
Chapter 6-Lightning-related Injury
Chapter 7-Poisonous Plants
Chapter 8-Snake Bites
Chapter 9-Water-related issues
Chapter 10-Other important health and safety considerations
Appendix 1: Winterizing your car
Appendix 2: Choosing the right sunscreen
Appendix 3: Home remedies for sunburn
Appendix 4: Dealing with heat rash
Appendix 5: Dealing with the itch of poison ivy
About the Authors
Carolyn Stone is the author of more than 100 health and self-help guides. Ashleen is a new young writer and an avid outdoor enthusiast who has worked as a summer camp counsellor and traveled extensively in the United States.