After the trip

Must be done

  • make certain that all members of the party arrive at the end
  • notify your emergency contacts.

Should be done

  • see that every member has transport to get home
  • arrange transfers of borrowed gear and return of hired equipment
  • collect party equipment
  • see that equipment is stored away in correct condition—advise beginners
  • complete financial arrangements for the trip
  • contact parents or others, if appropriate, if there have been delays or health problems.

Might be done

  • organise a film night or trip reunion
  • produce a post-trip report or newsletter (especially if required by the club or organisation).

This check list is not absolutely comprehensive. From experience you will develop other points to watch in a given situation. Add these to the list and use it in your preparation for any outdoor trip.