Whether by choice or necessity, walking solo is a rewarding experience. Pace and decision making are at your choice, the senses more attuned to your surroundings, risks and abilities. And it’s great thinking time. Good preparation should make it no more dangerous than walking with a group.
Plan a route that is within your reach. Until confidence and experience grow, walk well-used tracks where assistance may be close by, if required. Research maps and weather, and leave detailed information with someone reliable, outlining your route and time of return, with allowances for delays.
Pack extra food and clothing to carry you over in an emergency; a tent or fly in case you’re unable to make your destination for the night.
Keep a good first aid kit and personal locator beacon.
Know yourself and your limits. Confidently make decisions, unafraid of the hard choices to go back or sit out bad weather. Be physically fit, taking time out to rest during the journey.
Maintain a moderate pace for the day rather than breaking land speed records. Drink plenty of water, adding a pinch of salt and some sugar for electrolytes and carbs to help maintain energy levels on longer walks.
Most importantly, enjoy the experience.
Make sure you've read the Think Before You Trek brochure by the NSW Police.