Here are this week’s Life Pro Tips.
1. Bring a 24-hour survival kit on even the shortest hike.
Short hikes are dangerous because people go into them without gear and preparation to fall back on if things go bad. Make a 24-hour survival kit out of an old water bottle and always throw it into your backpack on even the shortest day-hikes.
The recent (happy) story of a woman who was rescued after 17 days lost in the Hawaii jungle is illustrative of countless similar stories of even experienced hikers going on short, “fun” day hikes, getting turned around/injured, and then getting thoroughly lost without the water, food, gear, maps, and preparation they’d have on a longer trail.
She survived, but she easily could have died. On a 3-mile trail that she’d hiked before.
2. If you have a big problem at work and you need to break the bad news to your boss, try to come up with a couple of ideas for how to fix the issue before you talk to them. It will come off better and help everyone focus on the next steps. Problems happen, always try to be part of the solution.
3. If you have a cat suddenly start peeing outside their litter box, take it to the vet to get checked for a bladder infection.
4. When you cross a road, always make eye contact with the drivers of oncoming cars. Studies have shown that even our peripheral vision can identify faces when you are looked at and thus it increases the chance of being seen and avoids accidents.
5. If you’re traveling in a sketchy city, buy a cheap wallet and put a few dollars in it. If you get mugged, you can give them that wallet and keep your money and cards safe in another wallet.