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.
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.
- Joining a bushwalking club can be a good way to advance your experience and knowledge.
- 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.