Before heading out on any type of outdoor adventure, you should always tell someone of your plans. Communicating your plans is a crucial part of being prepared for wilderness emergencies. In fact, it’s a consideration in BE SAFER, a guided approach to wilderness emergencies for those who are not medically trained.
The following information should be communicated to your Check Buddy before departing on an outdoor adventure:
- Where you will be
- What you are doing
- Who is with you
- When you will leave
- When you expect to return
- When it should be considered that you are overdue
- What to do if you are overdue
Most people will inform a significant other about their plans but will fail to notify anyone else when their significant other is adventuring with them. It is wise to have another Check Buddy to communicate your plans to for these times. This is especially true for simple day trips or when traveling in another country.