By answering those questions on paper, I am basically able to cover most emergencies and make sure I have packed all my gear and made a solid plan for my trip. Questions to ask. Depending on where you are going and how well you know the area beforehand, there are different questions to ask. If you know the area as well as your own back pocket, you can, of course, do the planning much faster, compared to if it is unknow terrain for you. Visiting unknown terrain is always great but can be a challenge if you come unprepared. The way you prepare, will first be to gather as much information about the area as possible. You can use Google for a lot of the answers, but the best thing is if you have a friend who has previously been to the area. If you are member of an outdoor community on social media, you can also start your questions there.
The questions may include. Where am I going? Do you have a map of the area and how the terrain is to hike in? If you have access to an updated map of the area, you can see in advance what the terrain is like, where there are water sources, wooded areas for shelter, roads, and where you will find the nearest settlement or small wilderness cabins that can be used for emergency shelters. If you do not have access to a printed map, you can use Google Earth or even better use some of the Nordic map sites found for each country. Most of them allow you to select and print maps in different scales covering the area you are planning to visit. Simply register as a user, for most sites it is free, and then you can make maps you can print yourself.