Adventure and the great outdoors can often be intimidating.

Bolt and Keel, cats and adventure enthusiasts, have come up with 8 tips to help you be a better adventurer and to have the ultimate outdoor experience.

1. Bring an Adventure Buddy

Good company always equates to good times on any adventure, especially when he or she is someone you trust. Adventure buddies are always there for you and can help you get out of sticky situations.

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Bolt and Keel are inseparable. Brothers, best friends, and adventure buddies!
2. Come Prepared For Weather

There’s never bad weather, just poor choice in gear. Do some research beforehand and make sure you have what you need, even if you end up just carrying your extra layers and sun protection with you, at least you were prepared! Nothing is worse than getting soaked because you didn’t think it was going to rain.

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Bolt always dresses for the weather.
3. Always Pack Your 10 Essentials

The great outdoors can be unpredictable. When you pack your 10 essentials you can help yourself survive and thrive. Read more about the 10 essentials here, in the meantime here’s a list to get you started:

  • Food and Water
  • Navigation Tools
  • Extra Clothing
  • Knife
  • Fire Starter
  • Shelter (tarp/tent)
  • Signalling Device
  • First Aid Kit
  • Weather Protection
  • A Light Source

 

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Does a Keel count as one of the Essentials?
4. Safety Always Comes First

Like we said earlier, nature can be unpredictable. Unfortunately, you can’t always outsmart weather, natural disasters, or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. That’s why safety should always come first, or at least be aware of what your risks are.

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Keel sets a good example by wearing his custom life jacket.
5. Practice Leave No Trace

Minimize your impact on our beautiful earth, that way we all can enjoy it! Here are the 7 principles of Leave No Trace to learn and live by:

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Fire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate to Other Visitors
Keel practices Leave No Trace by only hiking on durable surfaces.
Keel practices Leave No Trace by only hiking on durable surfaces.
6. Push Your Comfort Zone

Facing fears, pushing yourself physically, and ultimately stepping outside of your comfort zone is almost always a rewarding experience. When was the last time you tried something new?

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Bolt let’s his friends help him through his fear of waterfalls
7. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

Being an adventurer is tiring. And if you listened to tip #6, you may have pushed yourself out of your comfort zone. Here is where your adventure buddy comes in. Ask for help! There’s no shame in receiving a helping hand or collectively changing your original goal if things don’t go to plan.

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Bolt knows when he’s tired and isn’t afraid to ask for help
8. Never Underestimate Yourself

You are in the only one in charge of what you can or cannot accomplish. It’s natural to doubt yourself, but don’t let that stop you from at least trying!

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Sometimes Bolt doesn’t know what he is capable of until he succeeds!

A little less intimidating now? We think so.

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