Trip planning

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.