Plan your trip considering the following steps.
Research your trip using current maps and advice from experience walkers and local authorities.
Understand the environment you are entering and risks associated with it, plan for the unexpected.
Emergency response/rescue can take time so always have an emergency plan factored into your trip.
Know how to access emergency response via phone and/or radio.
Joining a bushwalking club can be a good way to advance your experience and knowledge.
Know your limitations
Consider your physical condition, medical knowledge, experience and skills for the area and type of trip.
Travel within your ability and knowledge of area.
Complete your trip intention form
Fill out your trip intention form
Give copies to your designated contact person(s)
Leave a hard copy in your vehicle
Complete log books at trail heads, on summits and in huts if available.
Notify your contact person(s) if you change your plans.
Don't forget to notify your contact person(s) when you get back!
Always carry sufficient water for on both day and overnight trips
Carry more water than you’ll need, allowing for emergencies.
Stay hydrated and do not rely on creeks unless you have reliable information.
Carry sufficient food for your trip.
Take extra food in case of emergencies.
Dress for expected conditions. Check weather forecasts.
Bring extra clothing in waterproof bags
Bring wet weather clothing.
Always have enough clothing to cope with the worst-case scenario.
Weather conditions in wilderness environments can be unpredictable.
Always carry maps and a compass and know how to navigate with them.
GPS and mobile phones can help but they are no substitute for experience.
Consider carrying a satellite communication device or Personal Locator Beacon if you are visiting an area where there is no mobile reception.
Always check current weather reports but do not rely on them, plan for worst-case scenario by carrying extra food, water, clothing and equipment.
Consider aborting your trip if dangerous weather is forecast. This could include conditions like heatwaves, fires, floods, extreme winds and extreme cold.