From sunburns to trail hazards, these nine scenarios are just as preventable as they are embarrassing. Remember, Mother Nature doesn't discriminate.
Sunburn1 of 10
Did somebody order lobster? Whether you're skiing, backpacking or simply lounging in a hammock, apply sunscreen whenever you're in the sun for an extended period of time. Getting burned and uncomfortable is bad enough, but the peeling a few days later is even more embarrassing. Save yourself a painful few days (and future health risks) by taking necessary precautions.
Running Out of Gas2 of 10
Before you begin your trip, you first have to get to your destination. There's nothing more embarrassing than being stranded on the side of the road with the needle on empty, waiting for roadside assistance to fill you up. Make sure you plan ahead and know the distances between gas stations; it's better to stop one extra time than be stuck for a few hours.
Shortchanged3 of 10
Many campgrounds require quarters or tokens when taking a shower. There's nothing better than a hot shower after a long day of hiking, but on the flip side, there's nothing worse than being halfway through and the water shuts off. Especially if you only then realize you're out of coins. Grab a roll or two of quarters from the bank before leaving for your trip to prevent a soapy walk of shame.
Unprepared4 of 10
It may seem simple, but camping requires a ton of planning. Don't show up to your campsite and realize you forgot your tent poles or bug spray. Make a checklist weeks in advance so you have plenty of time to prepare. Most importantly, don't forget the s'mores.
Do You Smell That?5 of 10
Without access to everyday amenities, you're bound to encounter some unpleasant smells throughout your trip. Include some biodegradable soap, wipes and toothpaste in your pack to stay clean and hygienic throughout your time in the backcountry. Remind the people in your party of this as well—hippie stank is a real affliction.
Poison Oak6 of 10
Remember the mantra: "Leaves of three, let them be." If you're camping or in the backcountry, familiarize yourself with poison oak—really, any toxic plants—before you arrive. Once the oil sets in, you're in for a long, painfully itchy couple of weeks. Find yourself in a tough situation? Wash immediately with soap and cold water, and use anti-itch cream to slow the pain.
Losing the Trail7 of 10
We've all heard the stories of hikers getting lost in the backcountry only to be rescued by helicopter days later. Don't pretend to be Bear Grylls—carrying a map and compass is pointless unless you know how to use them. If you're inexperienced, plan a trip with someone who can show you the ropes before you venture off solo.
Chafing8 of 10
Chafing and blisters are two of the worst nonthreatening injuries—and two of the most preventable. Pro tip: Never leave your house with untested gear. New hiking boots, hiking pants and backpacks are recipes for chafing and hot spots. Don't be the person in your party who is sidelined with an embarrassing blister.
Weakest Link9 of 10
Pushing yourself to new limits can create lasting memories and take you to amazing places, but remember not everyone is in the same physical condition. There's nothing more embarrassing than being the slowest mouth-breather in your group and having everyone wait for you to catch up throughout the trip. Know what you're getting into, and train appropriately.
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