(BPT) - While summer is all about sun, beaches and being on the water, autumn brings new types of outdoor fun. Cooler weather and colorful landscapes attract many to enjoy the outdoors during the season. But after the summer sun fades, it's important to make sure you're fully prepared to take on the new season.
If you're a fall recreation enthusiast, take some time to create a checklist of the items you'll need to take care of before you dash off on your autumn adventures. Whether you're planning a fall camping trip or simply hanging around at home, this season can be a bit unpredictable.
Stay safe, comfortable and productive during the fall with these helpful tips:
Make a plan. Fall is a busy season for everyone, so take a moment to map out your weeks and create a solid plan. You're much more likely to fit in all your fun fall activities when you plan them according to your to-do list. From yard work to hunting trips, make a rough plan so you know exactly what you have going on each week.
Do your research. If you're going out and about this fall, educate yourself and become familiar with the local area. This will help you be aware of any surprises that might come up including poisonous plants, dangerous animals and bugs. It's always a good idea to take a map and compass along, even if you will mostly be using a smart phone.
Gear up. Before the season begins, take inventory of all your recreational gear. Is there anything that needs replacing or repair? From camping supplies to leaf blowers, check all your autumn materials. Consider some new equipment to enhance your fall activities, like a Polaris RANGER Utility Vehicle. A utility vehicle not only helps you transport your recreational gear, but will help you tackle tough jobs in your yard.
Watch the weather. Fall weather changes quickly and each day is different from the next. Always check the forecast before you go out. Don't be fooled by warm weather, as it can turn chilly at a moment's notice. Layering is your best bet to withstand the unpredictable fall temperatures.
Stock up on firewood. Once autumn hits, dry fire wood can become scarce. Make sure your collection is fully stocked to enjoy fires well into season, especially as the weather starts to cool down. If you're headed out camping, pack your own wood so you don't have to risk skipping out on a warm, toasty fire.
Dress for visibility. Even if you're not a hunter, make yourself visible when you're outside or in an area where hunters frequent. Wear colors that stand out like bright fluorescent red, orange and green. Stay away from earth or animal colored outerwear. Don't forget to protect everyone with you, even your dog.
Follow these tips and you'll be on your way to a safe and memorable fall season, free of injury and full of enjoyment. For more fun recreational inspiration, visit: polaris.com