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Five essential steps for staying safe in the outdoors so you can have a great trip.

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New Zealand is precious – everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it.

Make a commitment to Aotearoa by protecting nature, being prepared, keeping New Zealand clean and showing respect.

Care for Aotearoa, for now and for future generations.

We also provide other formats for how to care for Aotearoa, such as, Easy Read, NZSL and other languages.

More information about the code: Land Safety Code on the Adventure Smart website

1. Choose the right trip for you

Learn about the route and make sure you have the skills for it.

2. Understand the weather

It can change fast. Check the forecast and change your plans if needed.

3. Pack warm clothes and extra food

Prepare for bad weather and an unexpected night out.

4. Share your plans and take ways to get help

Telling a trusted person your trip details and taking a distress beacon can save your life.

Leave a date and time to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. Send this information to a trusted person directly, or use the Outdoors Intentions form or Plan My Walk.

5. Take care of yourself and each other

Eat, drink and rest, stick with your group and make decisions together.

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