Now more than ever, the need to get outside, have fun, and pursue your passions is necessary. The weather’s nice, the forest is calling, and the beaches are beckoning. But in today’s world, having fun also means taking measures to protect yourself and your crew. Check out StorQuest’s ultimate guide for responsible recreation.
Keep It Close to Home
It’s true. Nature makes everything better. While the COVID-19 pandemic is still very much a concern, it doesn’t mean you can’t get outdoors and soak in the scenery. The best part is you don’t have to travel far to engage with nature. Keeping it close to home means you are maintaining safety for you, your family, and the people around you.
Plus, there are plenty of epic natural spaces for you to visit near your home base – you just need to know how to find them. Consider visiting your area’s state park website to find lesser-known preserves in your area. Commit to venturing on a trail that sees less visitors. Wander downtown and explore the urban setting – try seeking out well-preserved green spaces for an afternoon reading or soaking up the sun. With the right perspective, adventure is always around the corner.
Best Practices for Staying Safe
We all need to do our part to make sure that parks, trails, and forests stay open. After all, we are in this together. When you do venture out, make sure the area you are traveling to is open. When you are out on the trail, practice physical distancing by maintaining 6 feet from others. If you are in an area or on a trail where it’s tougher to always maintain that space, wear your mask.
Other things to consider: Pack a lunch, bring water, and grab a warm layer before you head out. That way you’ll be prepared if the trails are open but the services are closed. Finally, respect each other and respect the land. Pack out your garbage. The principles of leaving no trace of your visit are just as important as protecting yourself.
Know Your Limits
Finding adventure doesn’t mean you have to push the limits or risk factor in activities. While outings that amp up your game – like rock climbing, mountaineering, trail running, and backpacking – are still fun and exciting, playing it safe and scaling back on the demands is a smart strategy for the world today. Here’s why: Health resources are focused on helping others, and search and rescue operations are similarly strained. For now, work on your moves, improving your time, or getting the route down, and hold off on making huge gains until we all get out of this together.
Share Your Adventures Responsibly
Taking Instagram-worthy images is part of the experience. Capturing yourself standing on that summit or photographing the first epic sunrise you’ve seen in a while while surfing are important aspects of saving awesome memories, and posting them to our social channels is our way to express our uniqueness. We think it’s important to share your epic life and style, but we want you to do it thoughtfully. Make sure the life you’re living sets a good example for those around you. Wear your mask, maintain social distance, and keep your crew tight. This way, when we come out of this, you’ll feel good about who you’ve become. Tag your adventures with #MakeRoomForAwesome for a chance to be featured on our social channels!
At StorQuest, we think every day presents an opportunity for adventure. That’s why we are here for you and encourage you to keep exploring while making good and responsible choices. Need your own secure hobby closet to house all your awesome gear? Check out a StorQuest location near you and take advantage of our $1 move-in specials.