Trip planning

Through sound trip planning, the impact of many first-aid problems can be minimised, seriousness reduced, and in many cases they can be avoided entirely. In particular you should:

  • identify escape routes
  • ensure a good ratio of experienced to inexperienced party members
  • match the fitness and abilities of party members to trip goals
  • understand what weather extremes are possible and assess possible impacts
  • ensure that party members are suitably prepared, clothed and equipped for the trip
  • identify necessary group safety equipment
  • carry a suitable group first-aid kit
  • know the procedures for seeking help in the area of your planned trip
  • be aware of and understand the implications of existing medical conditions in your party
  • let someone know before you go—so that you can rely on help coming to you if you have not returned by the specified time.