Short outdoor tips worth remembering

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Tweetable tips from GO Outdoors customers

Last week on our Twitter account we ran a competition to find out the best tweetable outdoor tips from our customers. These tips included handy DIY tips that you wouldn’t get from a store, or just hints for having the best time possible in the outdoors. Using the hashtag #gotip our customers sent in there best tips in 140 characters or less, and through a good few mentions of ‘Don’t eat yellow snow’ here are a selection of our favourites:

@Sigreg – Prepare for bad weather, Anything else is a bonus

@jdm_designs – If you’ve been walking down a beach barefoot & get those annoying blobs of oil on your feet, don’t scrub it, use olive oil on a tissue.

@JamManUK2000 – Insulate beneath you when sleeping on a mat or airbed to prevent heat loss from below!

@Sweeter42 – Climbing tape is great for blisters and for emergency tent/rucksack/clothing repairs. Carry a knife to cut it tho!

@exchangejames – Replace your laces on your boots with a very long length of para-ord, it can be cut as needed, fishing line with a safety pin.

@sweeter42 – Always carry¬† a spare lace for your boots. Doesnt take much room, but if you snap one you’ll be glad you did (trust me!)

@exchangejames – You can boil water in a plastic bottle in an emergency, put beside fire and water stops bottle melting

@atkypne – “Prepare to fail don’t fail to prepare” Always take a map, compass, waterproofs, food & water. The weather can change in a flash.

@philsballoons – take wet wipes! you never know when they will come in handy! very many uses!

@Half9mike – take a packable waterproof jacket when walking, even if it doesn’t rain its great against the wind when up high

@callaghanmatt – wear layers of clothing rather than anything too thick/thin. This way you should never be too hot/cold

@samwisemoss – don’t camp too close to a stream or river, you won’t feel the need to keep going to the loo all night!

@RazorTelevision – Carry a spare pair of dry walking socks in a plastic bag in your rucksack in case of lower limb immersion in too deep puddle/beck

@marxjohnson – Always bring a roll of gaffa tape, When it happens, you’ll know.

@AdamclarkWC – Collect the stuff that clogs up the filter in your tumble dryer and take it with you, easily the best way to start a camp fire.

@Tirinoarim – Put a pack of “Slime Skabs” in your camping gear. Take up no room at all and perfect for small airbed/tent/drybag repairs!

@BarryBrand – Don’t forget the tent pegs!

@Thenavman – Always take a map and compass with you, and most importantly know how to use them!

@Clairedactyl – When your Dad asks if it’s ok to light the BBQ inside the tent cos it’s raining, the answer is ‘NO!’

@Callaghanmatt – There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. Always buy quality gear or you’ll buy twice.

@Takeadayout – When you walk in the hills, take time to look back in the direction you came from, always walk at your own pace, enjoy every step!

@Geoff_Webb – Know how to use every piece of gear in your pack, preferably in multiple ways

@CampandCaravan – Erect your tent in your back garden before heading out and about

@Ollie_allen – Always blow extra air into ‘self inflating’ mattress with more air¬† in between you & the ground it will insulate better!

@danindustrial – If camping on a site, pitch close to the campsite office to get a better nights kip, the rowdier campers tend to keep away from here

@Rockingcupcake – When camping take a barrel BBQ and a fire log, hours of warmth & fun around the fire after the BBQ

@TheDanHB – Go prpeared – Just cos its t-shirt and flipflop weather in the valley doesnt mean you’ll sunbathe up top! Assume the worst, live the best

@Compacat – Walk with a friend and wear each others backpack, makes it easy when you want to access your own stuff

 

Some great tips from people who love the outdoors, but of course we had to choose a winner, and we chose the following:

@echangejames – Wrap duct tape or electrical tape around your walking poles, handy for lots of things including splints in an emergency

We enjoyed reading all the tips sent in, there is some great knowledge out there and people are always looking for ways to make the outdoors more comforting (without taking away its rugged charm of course) If you have any tips of your own, feel free to leave a comment below. Unfortunately there aren’t any more prizes to hand out, but these tips are helpful for fellow outdoor people!

- Brandon

 

 

 

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One Response to Short outdoor tips worth remembering

  1. David says:

    Forget the cot and the heater. Get one of those Colemna twin size air msaeetsrs and something to pump it up. Then, bring along a 1-2 thick foam pad and a good sleeping bag, or two mediocre ones. If you pump an air matress up nice and firm and then put a 2 foam pad on it, it can be more comfortable than your mattress at home. But it is equally important to keep warm when you sleep, not just have a nice pad. So, make sure that you have a sleeping bag that is rated for 20 degrees lower than the coldest temperature it will be at night or your going to freeze your bum off. So, if you aren’t sure about how good your sleeping bag is, bring a 2nd sleeping bag or a few extra comforters to go over and under your regular bag.DO NOT sleep on an air matress or cot without having something on it to insulate you from the air, or you WILL get all the heat sucked right out of you. A 2 thick foam pad is an excellent insulator, but an extra sleeping bag under you would work OK too.

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