6 safety tips for any adventure holiday

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Adventure holidays are the best kind of holiday. Why lie around the pool reading a book all day, when you could be deep sea diving in the seas of The Solomon Islands instead? If you’re a reader of Dive Pacific then there’s a good chance that thrill-seeking holidays are your bag, which is fantastic. However, while adventure holidays are a whole lot of fun, there are certain things you have to be wary of. Safety is paramount, so here are some tips to stay safe during any kind of adventure getaway.

Always plan ahead

Before you go jetting off to a brand new country on an adventure, it’s always a good idea to do some careful planning beforehand. Even if you’re heading off the beaten track for your experience, there should be some kind of guide or forum post that will give you an insight of what to expect. This way you can plan ahead, make a note of the places you want to visit, and even where the local hospital is. You don’t need to plan every second of every day, but a bit of careful planning will ensure you are safer on your holiday.

Pick your destination wisely

Of course, some places are a lot safer than others for an adventure holiday. Again, it’s cool to head off the beaten track, but try not to stray too far from all kinds of civilization – especially if you’re going to be travelling solo.

The Secret Traveller by 1Cover has a list of destinations no one knows about, such as the Lost City of Colombia (perfect for hikes) and Appi in Japan (perfect for snowsports). These aren’t going to be packed full of tourists, so are great for adventure holidays, but they’re also not so remote that you may end up stranded.

Have everything you could possibly need

Once you have picked your destination and planned ahead, it’s time to pack your bags. If you want to stay safe on your adventure holiday, then this is another thing you’ll want to think carefully about. Do you usually take medication? Have you got enough of it packed? Have you got a first aid kit? It’s super important if you’re going off on some remote hike somewhere. Write out a packing list and check over it a couple of times before you set off.

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Who you gonna call?

It’s a good idea to check back in with someone at home if you’re going off on an adventure holiday, even if you’re travelling in a group. Nominate one lucky person to get updates about where you are and what you’re going to be doing that day. That way, if the worst does happen and you get injured or disappear, someone knows where you were supposed to be. It’s not the most exciting part about booking an adventure holiday, but it is vital.

Trust that gut instinct

If something feels a little off, there’s a good chance it is. Perhaps you’ve booked a bungy jump, but the safety equipment doesn’t look all that safe. Maybe someone has roped you into a shark cage dive, but the cage is falling apart.

If your gut is telling you that something is wrong, then it’s a good idea to trust it. As humans we have pretty good intuition, so always trust your gut instinct and don’t be afraid to turn something down if it doesn’t feel right.

Emergency plans

The last safety tip we have for you is to have some kind of emergency plan, wherever you are going. This is something you can sort out when you’re planning ahead, but it’s definitely a good idea to get one down on paper. Have all of your insurance documents and emergency contact details in one place, along with details of any local medical centres or hospitals and the number for the local emergency services. If something terrible does happen, you don’t want to be Googling where the nearest doctor is.

These are six of the top safety tips for those planning any kind of adventure holiday. Can you think of any others our readers might want to know? Please do feel to let us know at admin@divenewzealand.co.nz.

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