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There’s nothing like getting back to nature – especially when you have an extra long weekend to do it in. The last thing you want to worry about when creating camping memories and enjoying what our beautiful country has to offer, is an injury or emergency situation.
Here are some tips we have compiled, to help you keep yourself and your family safe during your trip in the wild.
Set up safely
Choose a location for your setup, that is away from potential dangers. Try to avoid setting up;
Make sure you bring enough water for drinking and washing if you are headed to a location where it won’t be readily available (and some even if you are, just in case!).
Make sure you have enough food and that it is stored correctly (cold foods kept cold, airtight containers used, etc).
Fire safety, always
There are a few important things to be aware of if you have a campfire;
Thanks, Mr. Weatherman!
Make sure you check weather forecasts and pack accordingly. Keep in mind the day and night temperatures can vary a lot. If it will get cold, make sure you have warm clothes and blankets – layers work best. For daytime, ensure you pack hats, sunscreen, and enclosed shoes for walks. Monitor the weather if you are worried about any changes in conditions, and always pack anything you may need for if it gets wet, like spare clothes, tarps, and shelter.
First Aid is your friend
It is essential that you travel with First Aid equipment for all possible scenarios. When camping there is a range of scenarios that can occur, that require medical attention – it is especially important to keep in mind that you may be in a location that is far away from medical assistance, or harder to get to.
Check out our recent blog which runs through everything to include in your family first aid kit. Keep in mind there may be additional items that you will want to take with you on top of these essentials, such as bug repellent.
Be prepared, and tech-savvy
Do your research! Consider;
Wildlife – it’s wild!
There is a reason Australian wildlife has quite the rep, worldwide!
Mosquitoes, ticks and other insects can bite and cause irritation and, in rare cases, carry diseases. You can help prevent this by;
Snakes are a concern for many, especially in warmer months. To avoid snakebites;
Always drive to the conditions in camping areas.
Always know what to do in an emergency! Check out our online eLearning Course – learn the skills of First Aid and CPR, before you start packing for your trip!
In this video paediatric nurse and founder of CPR Kids Sarah Hunstead steps you through the prevention, recognition and response to choking in babies and children. Essential knowledge for every family that you don’t want to miss.
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