A Sharp Eye
It might sound obvious, but the best way to avoid cactus is to pay attention. Since my doctor’s office visit more than nine years ago, I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been poked. Cactus can be very difficult to see, so when walking, slow down. I often stop and check the area around my feet and scan the area out in front of me.
When crawling on hands and knees, remember to occasionally cast your gaze downward to see what you’re about to put your hands and knees in. Lastly, before embarking on a trip to a foreign landscape, take time to research the type of cactus you’ll encounter. Study pictures of the plants, and familiarize yourself with how each species looks.