The Land Safety Code

1. Choose the right trip for you

It’s important to choose a trip that suits you and everyone in your group. When you are looking at the options, make sure you think about everyone’s fitness levels and experience in the outdoors.

2. Understand the weather

Weather can make or break a trip. It’s one of the most important things to consider when going into the outdoors.

No matter what the weather is, it will impact your trip. Bad weather (such as strong wind, rain and cold temperatures) can be very dangerous. The weather changes fast in New Zealand and you should be prepared for any weather. It can be sunny, rainy and windy all in one day.

3. Pack warm clothes and extra food

Any trip, even if it is short or easy, needs preparation. Packing the right things makes trips safer and more enjoyable.

Having warm clothes and extra food will help keep you safe if the weather turns bad, you have an accident, get lost or are delayed. Some outdoor equipment stores will hire clothing and equipment if you don’t have your own.

4. Share your plans and take ways to get help

Any time you are going into the outdoors you should:

  • Share your plans with someone you trust. Tell them where you are going and when you will be back. If they don’t hear from you by an agreed time, they should call 111 and ask for the police. 
  • Think about how you would call for help if you needed to. Cellphone reception can be patchy or non-existent outside towns and cities, so consider taking a distress beacon.
  • If you visit a Department of Conservation hut (even if you aren’t staying the night), fill in the Intentions Book.

5. Take care of yourself and each other

The best way to enjoy your experience in the outdoors and make it home safely is to look out for one another.

  • Stop regularly to eat, drink and rest.
  • Discuss how everyone is feeling. If someone is struggling, don’t keep going – have a break and consider changing plans.
  • Make decisions together. It’s important that all group members agree to changes in the planned route or transport arrangements.

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