New Zealand is known all over the world for its incredible landscape, it was the main reason Hollywood chose to film the Lord of the Rings movies there. If you like to hike, run, or walk outdoors in the wilderness, it is important to take precautions. Outdoor activities like hiking are one of the best ways to stay fit and enjoy nature.

Here are some things to know before you go trekking or walking outdoors.

Decide on a Plan of Action

Before you go out trekking, running, or walking, make sure your plan your trip in advance. Have a look at the nature trails and choose one that suits your physical fitness. One of the biggest mistakes people make is not planning ahead, they then run into trouble and have no contingency plan in place. You should be familiar with the outdoor safety code, especially if you are going out alone without a guide. Make sure you leave at a suitable time that gets you back to your car before it gets dark.

Let Others Know

One of the worst things you can do when going trekking outdoors is to not inform anyone of your plans. If something goes wrong and you cannot contact anyone, how will they know you are in danger or need assistance? There are useful forms online that can be completed and sent on to a family member or friend detailing your whereabouts and plans for the trip. If you don’t want to do this, a simple text message or phone call is enough to let others know your intentions.

Check the Conditions

Even if it is in the middle of the summer, make sure you check the weather to ensure you are prepared for what lies ahead. Just because Google tells you everything is fine for next few days; doesn’t mean you should neglect to check on the day.

Food & Water

It is always sensible to bring extra food and water when you go trekking in the wild. Although you probably won’t need it, it will be a lifesaver if things take a bad turn.

When going out into nature, whether for a few hours or a few days, it is vitally important to follow all of the points mentioned above. You should know the outdoor safety code and follow each of the instructions. Hiking, walking, and camping outdoors is a great adventure, but it can become dangerous if you don’t take precautions.