Prepare for your next adventure in Choctaw Country Photo by Christian Toews

Southeastern Oklahoma is a great getaway destination. Before you set out on your next journey to Choctaw Country, it's important to ensure that you are prepared and ready to go.

Prepare for your next adventure in Choctaw Country

By Christian Toews
September 1, 2022

Southeastern Oklahoma is one of the most enjoyable places to spend time outside, enjoy nature or have a getaway in a unique city.

The late summer and early fall are some of the best times to enjoy this beautiful part of the United States. No matter what excursion you are taking, it is always a good idea to ensure you are adequately prepared.

September is National Preparedness Month, and there is no better time to prepare for your next adventure.

Choose a Destination

The first step is an easy one – pick a place to visit. One of the best resources to help you decide which part of Choctaw Country you want to explore is

Consider the season you’ll be visiting the area, the length of your trip and what activities you might want to do while you are there. If you’re visiting one of the many State Parks in Southeastern Oklahoma, research the park’s website and social media channels to explore any ranger activities you may want to participate in or their tips for visiting.

Choose Your Activities and Know The Limits

Once you’ve found your destination, explore the ways you want to enjoy the area. From driving scenic routes, and kayaking flowing rivers, to backcountry hikes, there are many ways to enjoy the wonder of this part of the Sooner State.

Once again, if you are visiting a State Park, check the requirements for any permits or food storage and disposal policies, group size restrictions, and any park regulations by visiting the park’s website or calling the park office. Knowing what you are and aren’t allowed to do will help you plan your activities and understand what to bring.

When it comes to being prepared, this is one of the most important steps. Here is a list of essential first aid and emergency items that can help you if you run into minor injuries, sudden weather changes, or unexpected delays. These essentials are only the basic items you should have with you. You may need additional items depending on the activities you’ve planned.


Staying hydrated is very important, especially as temperatures are warm in Southeastern Oklahoma for much of the year.

Physical activity increases your risk of dehydration. If you plan to be active outdoors (hiking, biking, running, swimming, etc.), especially in hot weather, you should drink water often and before you feel thirsty.

“Drinking plenty of fluids in the heat is vital to avoid heat exhaustion or heat stroke,” said Mike Vaught, Chief Ranger with the Oklahoma State Parks Department.

Prepare for your next adventure in Choctaw Country
Photo by Christian Toews

Planning for a camping trip or any other outdoor activity means that the everyday conveniences of home are unavailable. Preparing for your next trip is crucial for staying safe while having a great time.


You should always be prepared for the possibility of changes to your plans. Be sure to pack some extra food. Salty and easy-to-digest snacks like trail mix, nuts and granola bars work well for outdoor activities.

First Aid Kit

You should always bring a first aid kit with you. A first aid kit is especially important when venturing into difficult-to-access places such as ATV trails, hiking trails or anywhere else that takes you off the beaten path. Even if you are simply road tripping in your car, bringing a first aid kit is a good idea.


If you are headed out on a hike, to the lake or just out of town for the weekend, you should let someone know your plans.

To avoid getting lost, it is a good idea to use either an app on your phone or a dedicated GPS device to navigate and find your way back to your vehicle or camping spot.

If you become lost without the ability to navigate back to safety, Vaught recommends staying put.

“For both adults and children, it’s important to remember that the moment they believe they have become lost on a trail or in the park’s remote areas, they need to stop moving, find a safe place and stay put. Staying in place and waiting to be located can really cut the time gap in being found by help,” said Vought.

Final Steps

The last step is to enjoy your adventure.

While you might have to prepare more or less depending on your chosen excursion, these are some ideas to consider before you head out. Southeastern Oklahoma is packed full of beautiful scenery and friendly people.

No matter where you visit, you will surely enjoy yourself. Don’t forget to share your experience on social media by tagging Choctaw Country.