Get Outdoors – Planning

These videos are from NZ Mountain Safety Council.


#01 Plan your trip
In this video, you will learn how to prepare for any trip. This includes some of the key considerations to choosing a trip that is suitable for you and the rest of the group as well as considering the nearest emergency help and contingency options if you need to change your plans along the way.

#02 Tell Someone Your Plans
In this video, you will learn how to tell someone your plans. This is an essential part of planning any trip and involves telling someone you trust what you’re doing, where you are going, what transport you will be using, who is going out with you and the date and time you expect to be back.

#03 Be Aware of the Weather
In this video, you will learn how to find the forecast for the place you are planning to go. You will also learn how to interpret the forecast by understanding how freezing level, wind speed, precipitation and wind chill might affect your trip.

#04 Know your limits
In this video you will learn how to choose a trip that is suitable for everyone in the group. This includes being honest with yourself about what you’re capable of, considering the fitness level of everyone in the group, being aware of any medical conditions that could flare up and ensuring that the gear you have is adequate and in reasonable condition. You’ll also learn about creating an emergency plan.

#05 Take Sufficient Equipment
In this video you will learn about what essential equipment you should take with you, no matter what you are doing or how long you intend to be out. This also introduces the other videos in the Sufficient Supplies collection which explore clothing, food and water, first aid, and how to pack for your trip, in more detail.

#06 Take Sufficient Clothing
In this video you will learn what clothing you’ll need to take with you when heading outdoors. The trick to dressing for the outdoors is to wear breathable light-weight clothing, and to always take a waterproof layer.

#07 Take Supplies - First Aid Kit
In this video you will learn about what essentials to pack in your first aid kit, whatever trip you are doing, and what each item is used for.

#08 Take Supplies - Food/Water
In this video you will learn about what essential equipment you should take with you, no matter what you are doing or how long you intend to be out. This also introduces the other videos in the Sufficient Supplies collection which explore clothing, food and water, first aid, and how to pack for your trip, in more detail.

#09 Pack for a hike
In this video you will learn how to fit all the equipment, clothing, food and water you need for your hike into your pack. You’ll also learn how to ensure that the pack is well-balanced and has the things you’ll need throughout the day closely accessible, how to keep your gear dry, and also how to get the pack up safely onto your back and adjust for comfort

#10 Pack for a day hike
In this video you will learn what essentials to take whenever you venture out for a day walk. This includes a waterproof rain jacket, warm clothing, water, food and snacks, a map of your walk and a small emergency kit – first aid kit, survival bag, whistle, a torch and a communication device.

#11 Pack - Overnight Bike Ride
In this video you will learn how to pack your bike for an overnight ride. You’ll learn what to place where, how to keep it safe from the elements (and mud) and gain some ideas about how to distribute as much as possible onto your bike, so you don’t have to carry so much on your back.

Hiking Equipment
The options you have and what you need to know. From the essentials you need including navigation tools, tents and other camping gear, the team have compiled all the information you need.

#12 Pack for a Trail Run
In this video you will learn what essentials to take whenever you head off for a trail run. This includes water, snacks, a map and compass, warm layers including a hat and gloves, a rain jacket and thermals, sunscreen and a cap, and a small emergency kit – first aid kit, survival bag, whistle, a torch and a communication device.

 

This 29 part ‘how-to’ series is aimed at helping beginners learn about correctly preparing for trips into the outdoors. The series was developed with the support of our partners in the outdoor and youth sector.

Series made with support and collaboration from, Duke Of Edinburgh, Scouts, Girl Guides, Boys Brigade, Girls Brigade, Christian Camping NZ, Department of Conservation, MetService, Leave No Trace, NZ Recreation Association.

Additional Information


Bushcraft - Knots
Knot tying is a useful skill for outdoor enthusiasts. They can assist with many jobs, like first aid, outdoor work activities, recreational sports and many survival situations.

Camp Craft - Tents
A tent provides essential protection from wind, rain, sun, bugs, and in some cases, snow.

First Aid - Hypothermia
Very simply, hypothermia is the condition where the body is losing heat faster than its “internal furnace” can regenerate it.

Min Impact Camping
As we spend time outdoors, in the natural world and in wilderness, it's important to be conscious of the effects our actions may have

Travelling Distances
Estimating distance from the map, pacing, and timing using Naismith's Rule