If you’re planning on embarking on an adventure Down Under, there are numerous precautions that, when taken, can help minimise the risk of accidents when camping in Australia.
We take a look at a few of the best ways to stay safe when camping in Australia.
Doing some research about the place you are visiting, checking the weather forecast and facilities can save a lot of hassle down the line. Being ready and knowing exactly where you are going reduces the risk of getting lost on Australia’s Outback roads. When a driver is stressed and doesn’t know where he is going there is more chance of a road traffic accident.
Contact the national park authorities where you are going and find out if there is anything you should be prepared for and if you need a permit.
You should let people know where you are going and when you intend to return and then in the case of an accident you can expect to be looked for.
Test your kit
Having the right kit is essential but you also need to know it is in good condition so test it out at home before you leave. Pitch your tent in the garden, check the batteries on torches and figure out how your stove lights.
Don’t rely on a camp fire
It may not always be possible, or allowed to have a camp fire and even when it is they take a long time to prepare and get going so you should always have alternative cooking options. Sometimes fires are only allowed in particular seasons, something else to check out in your research.
Also make sure you know how to put out a camp fire if things get out of hand, otherwise you risk starting a forest fire.
Have enough water
Australia can be very hot and when you are out in the sun more often than normal, which is usually the case when camping, you are at risk of dehydration. Make sure you drink enough water to avoid this and take re-hydration salts or coconut water in case of acute issues.
Watch out for wildlife
Australia has more dangerous animals than any other country in the world so be aware of spiders, snakes, crocodiles and other creatures. You should also be prepared for wasps, mosquitoes and other irritating bugs which can be dangerous if you have an allergic reaction. Don’t camp near water, particularly in crocodile areas and remember to tap out shoes in the morning in case of spiders.
Camping in Australia is great fun as long as you take care but if you do suffer an injury as the result of an accident on the road or maybe a cycling accident, then Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in making a claim. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice