Certain events in the backcountry of New Zealand can lead to the possibility of you being in a survival situation, it is therefore up to you to understand how to prepare and how to do it.
An average of 540 people are involved in a backcountry Search and Rescue each year.– There and Back, 2016
This can be surprisingly easy to do in New Zealand's outdoors, especially if the weather changes or you run overdue. Sticking to the trail takes effective planning, teamwork and concentration along the way.
It doesn't take a significant injury to slow a person or group down and this can affect your intended plans dramatically. Take a first aid kit on each trip, along with a communication device suitable to the requirements of outdoor use. If you run out of time you may be looking at an 'unexpected night out.'
Remember that water, shelter, warmth and the will to survive are the essential elements to your survival.
No matter how short your intended trip is, it is essential to plan carefully for any situation. Find local information and use our trip planning resources along with your fellow group members for the best result.
Some basic items to help you in a survival situation:
To stick to your planned route, you should always carry and be able to use a map and compass or form of navigation. Location awareness skills are also important; know where you are and where you have travelled, be observant, and remember natural features. See our Navigation section.
The first thing to remember is that every trip needs a plan. A few simple steps to take before you head out can make all the difference if something goes wrong.