Brett Wortman

Pack the bag with all the necessities for a bushwalk

VENTURING out for a bushwalk and enjoying nature can be dangerous if you are not fully prepared for the journey.

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) is advising residents to leave no stones unturned when preparing for a bushwalk these school holidays as safety should always be paramount.

EMQ South Eastern Regional Director Mike Shapland reminded residents that even the most experienced and seasoned bushwalker was not immune to the dangers of getting lost and injuring themselves.

"As a family activity bushwalking rates highly, especially during school holidays, but in the rush safety preparations can often be overlooked or compromised," Mr Shapland said.

"Make sure you don't instigate a missing person search by preparing properly. Let someone know the route you plan to take and the time you will return by.

"Talk to locals about the area you plan to walk in and make sure you are suitably attired with proper footwear and extra clothing, should temperatures drop.

"It is vital to check the weather forecast before leaving and if conditions aren't favourable, rescheduling your walk is the safest option."

Mr Shapland said items such as a first aid kit, thermal blanket and appropriate sleeping equipment were important for longer journeys.

"Even for shorter walks it's important to have first aid equipment and essential supplies with you," Mr Shapland said.

"Purchasing an Emergency Position Indicating Response Beacon (EPIRB) is also a good idea.

"An EPIRB is an essential safety item if you're heading out of populated areas.

"If you run into difficulty you can active the EPIRB and it will notify the search and rescue coordination centre in Canberra, who will then notify the appropriate authorities."

Mr Shapland said it was also important to make sure you carried enough water and had suitable navigation devices, such as a GPS or map and compass.

"Taking these items will reduce your chances of getting lost or dehydrated, prompting an emergency response," he said.


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