Health & Safety

New Zealand… Health Considerations

  Vaccinations No vaccinations are required to enter New Zealand.   Safety Precautions There are absolutely no dangerous or poisonous animals or insects in New Zealand.   Variable Weather Weather conditions in New Zealand alpine areas can change rapidly. Be prepared for cold wet weather if you plan to walk…

New Zealand… How to Stay Safe In The NZ Outdoors

New Zealand is an incredible place to explore, with untouched terrain that’s remote yet easily accessible.   What to pack Here’s a simple list of things the Mountain Safety Council recommend you take. This list will change depending on the length walk you are going on. Good quality solid footwear…

How To… Maintain An Emergency Kit

Once you’ve put together your emergency kit, you can pat yourself on your back knowing that you’ll be prepared for the unexpected. That said, you can only rest easy until it’s time to update your kit, which you should do every six months. But here’s the good news: Keeping that…

First-Aid Checklist

If you’re headed outdoors, you should always carry either a prepackaged first-aid kit or a DIY kit that you can create using our list as a guide. Knowing how to use the items in a first-aid kit is as important as having them, so consider taking a training course. This…

How To… Treat Sickness in the Backcountry

Getting sick at home is bad enough, but catching a bug in the backcountry, miles away from your cozy bed, can feel like a serious setback. But, by being able to recognise the signs and symptoms of an illness, you can come up with a proper treatment plan that can…

How To… Treat Burns

Time outdoors warms the soul, but it also presents the possibility, however slim, of an accident that burns the skin. Serious burns outdoors can happen many ways, including injuries caused by campfire flare-ups and stove accidents, or scalding burns from water spilled while cooking. One of the most common types…

How To… Treat Cuts, Scrapes and Gouges in the Backcountry

A life lived outdoors will inevitably include a few wounds (hopefully only minor ones). Injuries such as little cuts or deeper gouges, minor scrapes or larger abrasions are fairly common among outdoor adventurers, so knowing how to care for them is a good skill to have. Without proper treatment, something…

Wilderness First Aid Basics

One appeal of outdoor adventure is that you get to unplug and enjoy quiet time away from the city. Because that also means you’re farther from emergency responders and urgent care clinics, it’s important to be well-versed in wilderness first aid. Think of it as your opportunity to become more…

How To… Treat a Sprained Ankle

Your ankle joints allow your feet to move this way and that so you can run along rocky trails, cruise down snowy slopes and jam your feet into splitter cracks. Unfortunately, they’re also prone to twisting; sprained ankles are a particularly common injury among outdoor adventurers and they can happen…

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