Life these days revolves around our digital devices but it’s nice to be able to take a break from all of it, from time to time. Unplug from all of it and enjoy the outdoors.
5 Steps to a Digital Distraction-Free Outdoor Trip
It’s no joke. Digital devices have become an extension of us. People rely on them for so many things that they become addicted to checking them a million times a day, even when there are no new notifications. This makes it hard to enjoy your time outdoors without constantly being distracted, connected to the rest of the world. If you want to head out into nature and not feel attached to your mobile devices, here are some tips that can help.
Set Your Phone on Airplane Mode
It’s not a matter of not carrying your phone with you. Realistically, leaving home without your phone can be dangerous. It’s best to have it on you in case of an emergency. However, carrying it with you means phone calls, messages, and other notifications will keep coming and might keep you from truly enjoying your time outdoors. Putting your phone on airplane mode while you’re out hiking or taking part in any other outdoor activity, gives you a chance to still be accessible without being interrupted.
Create a Playlist
Checking your phone to change songs might not seem like a big deal, but in all honesty, once you grab your phone, even if you’re just planning on doing one specific thing, you’ll probably end up checking your email, social media and clearing notifications. Create a playlist ahead of time and have your music ready to go when you are.
Take Pictures but Don’t Over Do It
You don’t actually need to take a picture of every single thing you come across. Doing so can be very time consuming and you’ll end up not enjoying the trip as much as you could have. It’s nice to document your adventures, but don’t forget to live in the moment, too.
Plan Your Trip Ahead of Time
Planning your trip and your itinerary is a good way to keep your hands off your phone. You don’t have to keep a tight schedule. A basic itinerary can help you stay on track by contemplating the places you’ll visit and stops you want to make, and will also help you have a safer experience. Make sure you carry a map with you at all times.
Don’t Forget Your Watch
Not wearing a watch and relying on your smartphone to always tell you what time it is, is a habit that most people are guilty of. It’s not a problem when you’re in the city, but when you’re out trying to have a trip free of digital distractions, it can be a problem. Make sure you wear a watch so you don’t feel tempted to grab your phone every five minutes to check on the time.
You can still take your phone with you on your adventures but constantly being connected to the rest of the world can keep you from fully enjoying your favorite outdoor activities. These tips can help you create some balance so that the next time you come to Mile Hi Rafting for a great adventure, you can make the best of it.