Adventure Survival Guide

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Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a novice inspired by the beautiful landscapes depicted in Force of Nature: The Dry 2, we invite you to step off the beaten path and immerse yourself in the untamed beauty of the great outdoors this summer.


We’ve teamed up with Paddy Pallin, a renowned Australian outdoor retail brand synonymous with adventure, to create a comprehensive guide so you can get the most out of your camping trip. From essential gear to expert survival tips, you’ll be equipped for an unforgettable exploration.

What are the top 5 items to include in our backpack?

The most important items in your pack are often those you will use the least and are there for safety in case something goes wrong. The main priority when out in the bush is to stay hydrated and fuelled, so plenty of water and food is key (always take more than you think you’ll need in case you’re out for longer than expected). To make sure you don’t get lost, you’ll want to pack some kind of navigation device. There are many high-tech options out there (and some people even just use their phones), but a simple map and compass is a failsafe option. A comprehensive first aid kit is another essential in case of emergencies, as well as protective clothing for unpredictable weather situations.

What should we do if we lose our group or a member of our group?

First of all, stay calm! Then call out to determine if they’re within earshot. If they’re not, it's recommended to check your map or navigation device and retrace your steps for a short distance - never veer off the path. If you’re still struggling to find them, it’s a good idea to head to the point where you last saw them and stay in one spot, preferably an open space where you can see and be seen easily. If you’re not reunited in a reasonable amount of time, and you can end the hike safely and head back to civilisation, then do so.

What's the best way to navigate if we lose our mobile phone/reception?

It’s common to lose mobile reception in remote areas, so downloading the map or route to your phone in advance is a wise idea. Luckily, most current day mobile GPS will work even if you don’t have reception. There’s still a chance that you could lose your phone or run out of charge however, so make sure to always carry a GPS or paper map and compass as a backup. It can also be a good idea to bring a personal locator beacon (PLB) with you, in case of serious emergencies. If you are truly caught out, look for the nearest point of high ground around you so that you can assess your surroundings and location. Being prepared with the right navigation kit can help to avoid many potentially dangerous situations.

What’s the top must-have safety item?

A comprehensive first aid kit is essential for all types of safety issues that can arise on the trail, and every hiker should carry one in their pack. The contents of a first aid kit will help to treat mild injuries that are commonly encountered on the trail and stop them developing into something worse. Make sure that your kit includes a bandage for snake bites, especially in the Aussie summer months.

What are the best snacks to pack on a day trip?

High energy snacks are the best choice to keep you fueled whilst hiking in the mountains. Chocolate and lollies are always a go-to - they’ll provide a much-needed energy boost and (most importantly) they’re delish! However, the quick release of energy from sugary sweets can often lead to a sugar crash. We always like to pack some more balanced and slower energy release options too, such as muesli bars, trail mix, and bananas. Remember to always pack out any rubbish from your snacks.

What do you recommend doing if you run out of water?

Hydration is absolutely key in the bush, and we always recommend carrying extra water and planning your trip well to avoid being left without a water source. As well as bringing extra with you, make sure you pack a method of water purification so that you can treat water from natural sources if you have to resort to it. This could include purification tablets, water bottles with a filter, or a lightweight stove to boil water. If you find yourself in a situation where you have run out of water completely, move out of the sun as soon as you can and make sure to avoid any salty or dry foods. Don’t be tempted to take a sip from a dirty puddle, as being sick and without water can quickly turn into a very dangerous situation. In desperate situations, you can collect dew and rainwater. If you can safely end the hike and head back to civilization, then do so immediately.

If we end up lost overnight, what should we do to keep warm?

A proper layering system is key to helping you stay warm outdoors. Layer up with items that are lightweight but warm, such as a merino baselayer, a fleece midlayer, and a waterproof shell or insulated jacket. Always pack an emergency shelter or emergency blanket for unexpected situations, and if you do find yourself lost, seek shelter from the wind and rain as soon as you can. Eating a high energy snack/meal will help to keep your body temperature up, but the most important thing is to keep your hands and feet as warm as possible.

You supplied products to support the film, Force of Nature: The Dry 2. Can you tell us about any of these products?

We were super excited to send some of our current ranged gear and original Paddy Made equipment to support Force of Nature: The Dry 2. We had a lot of fun down memory lane, going through our archives to pull out a range of tents and packs, some of which were over 50 years old and all made in Australia. We also supplied some more modern equipment from top outdoor brands in our current collection. This included Osprey Kestrel hiking packs and Nemo tents, both of which are lightweight and technical pieces of equipment made for multi-day hikes.

Do you have any additional safety advice for our Roadies?

Our top 5 tips for bush safety are:

  1. Be prepared - Number one is always be prepared. So many emergency hiking situations can be avoided simply by taking the time before your adventure to plan properly and pack some basic equipment.

  2. Tell someone - ALWAYS tell someone where you are going, and when you are expected to return. If you’re not back at the expected time, then your friends and family can contact the relevant services.
  3. Log your trip through a trip intention form to help emergency services find you in case something goes wrong. Most National Parks have an online form you can complete before heading out.
  4. Do a first aid course - It’s all fine and well packing your comprehensive first aid kit, but do you know how to use it? First aid courses are quick and cheap and could help to save your own or a fellow hiker’s life.
  5. Learn how to read a map - Another basic skill that could save you from sketchy situations on the trail. A map will never run out of charge like your phone or another electronic GPS device. If you get lost, being able to read a map is invaluable to get yourself back to safety.

Ensure you're well-equipped for your outdoor escapade by exploring the curated selection of hiking essentials at Paddy Pallin.

And for those who crave the thrill of the bush without leaving the comfort of the indoors, catch Force of Nature: The Dry 2 in cinemas now.