Live by the boy scout motto ‘Be Prepared’. It might just save your life.

It doesn’t matter if you are going for a half hour stroll or a multi-day trek, the principles are still the same. Take what you need to survive the adventure plus a few extra items to ensure that you can make it back if things don’t go according to plan. While there is no universal checklist that applies to every hike there are certain basic questions and concerns that need to be addressed before you head out into the wild.

The pages in this section contain a few things I always consider when preparing to hike. These things I always consider whether I am embarking on a leisurely afternoon stroll into the bush with my family or going solo for a few days into the wilderness.

Feel free to suggest a few ideas of your own.