Planning is by far the most important thing to do before a trip. Having a plan will increase the chances to have fun and be safe on your trip. This post is going to cover the things you should include in your plan. I recommend and urge that you write your plan out and leave a copy with someone back home in case of an emergency.
Who is going to be on the trip? Have a list of each person who is going on the trip, and with the list be sure to include any information about medications or health conditions. If there is an emergency this info will be invaluable to rescuers. If they are aware of a health condition then they can be better prepared to handle it upon arrival. This information can literally be life saving and should always be included. Also, Include emergency contacts for every person going on the trip.
A detailed plan of what you are planning to do during the trip. After creating a plan of what you intend to do, you can begin to make sure everyone has the necessary skills and gear. Being in the middle of a trip and finding out someone doesn’t have the right gear or knowledge can be very stressful and dangerous. Make sure everyone planning to go on the trip has the proper skills to do so safely.
Where are you planning to be for your trip? Being very specific here is extremely important so that you can be found if needed. Planning where you are going will help you to prepare when packing. Rescuers knowing where you will be and when you should arrive gives them a starting point and narrows down a search area if you don’t return when expected. Some of the important details to include will be your starting and ending points. For longer trips also include planned breaks or overnight locations.
When is also a necessary part of your trip plan for a couple of reasons. First, When are you planning your trip for? This date should give you time to prepare for your trip, and gain any knowledge or gear that you may need. When you plan to return is equally as important. This will help to alert those at home if you don’t return as planned. For a longer trip you should also check in from time to time or have a plan on where you intent to be at certain times. The frequency of your check ins or where your checkpoints are and when you plan to reach them should also be included in when.
Knowledge & Gear?
Is this trip going to require any special knowledge or gear to complete. If so these are things you need to include in your plan ahead of time. This planning will help you to avoid getting out on your trip and discovering that you are missing a piece of necessary gear. This is also the perfect time to inspect all of your gear and see if anything needs repaired or replaced. If something is not in proper working order then you need to repair or replace it before the planned trip date.
These are all things to keep in mind when planning your next trip. As I said earlier, write out your plan and leave it with someone back home. This person should be aware of what the plans are and when to contact emergency services if you don’t return. I hope you found this post helpful and enjoyable. If you missed my last post about keeping a travel journal you can find it here. If you have been enjoying the posts follow OffHiking.com on social media and sign up for the email list to the right. Now is the perfect time to start planning your trip, so plan ahead and stay safe.