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Outdoor activities kicking up with lower temperaturesMonday, October 22, 2012

Category:Outdoor and Recreation

The fall season has officially kicked into high gear as the leaves have fallen and temperatures dropped, but these factors aren't stopping lovers of outdoor recreational activities from venturing off on road trips to explore their country.

While exploring the great outdoors can produce lifelong memories, making sure the proper preparations are made before setting sail on a trip could make a difference in how enjoyable that trip is. Whether traveling in a car, SUV or truck, motorists should make sure that they have mud guardsmud flaps and car floor mats to keep their vehicles in the best condition and protect them from any damages.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently published an article that also gave tips on preparing for outdoor activities, which included purchasing gear that will be necessary for a comfortable trip. Windproof gloves, waterproof boots, wool caps and other clothing items that will maintain warmth is encouraged and could make the outdoor environment more comfortable for adventurists.

The source also recommended taking advantage of modern technology, such as the all-terrain vehicle to get you back and forth on shorter trips. According to industry sources, more than 200,000 new ATVs were registered in 2011 and millions more are in use since being launched more than four decades ago.

ATVs can be used for a variety of purposes, such as bird watching, which is the fastest growing outdoor activity in the United States. According to a survey recently conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 51.3 million Americans reported that they watch birds, which could result in ATVs becoming more popular since they are perfect for maneuvering around corners and transporting drivers to the areas where birds are the most plentiful for watching.

While clothing and transportation can offer comfort to travelers, you should also be sure to keep up a regular workout routine throughout the fall and winter, which will pay off during the next spring. According to statistics, being stagnant in the winter can add between 5  and 10 pounds every year to a person's weight.

Experts have also suggested carrying a GPS device in the event of an emergency, when going on an outdoor trip. Carrying a satellite phone can alert authorities of an adventurist's location if they become completely lost in the wild.

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