Australia, Health & Safety, Oceania, Things to do, Trekking

Basic Tips for Staying Healthy and Safe in Australia’s Outback

Australia is not exactly the safest place on Earth (to put it lightly), and the Australian outback is arguably the most dangerous region in the entire country. Traveling in the Outback can be one of the most thrilling experiences that you will ever witness, but it can also be dangerous when you are traveling away from your normal comfort zone. As with any traveling experience, it is important that you be well prepared for any situation that may occur, especially emergencies.

Being Prepared With First Aid

The first stage of any trip, especially one as potentially dangerous as this one is careful planning. Once you have planned your getaway to the Australian Outback, it is time to get prepared for your travels. Depending on your course of travel, this can mean different preparations. No matter what form of travel you choose to take, it is important that you pack a first aid kit. Though the Outback is one of the most beautiful areas in the world, it has its perils. A good first aid kit should be packed with bandages, pain medication, antiseptic, snakebite kits, bee sting and bug bite medication, and other medical supplies. It is better to be prepared with things you never end up using than to be stuck with an injury and no supplies to take care of it with.

Being Prepared With Clothing

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It’s vital that you are prepared with the right type of clothing for your Outback adventures. You should have comfortable clothing that can be worn in layers, to be suitable in both hot and cold periods. Long pants are preferable over shorts because of protection from insects and snakes. Your choice of shoes should be made wisely. Avoid shoes that are uncomfortable or have an open toe, such as sandals – that’s just asking for trouble.

You should ideally wear a comfortable pair of hiking shoes with a steady tread that will allow you the utmost in stability. It also helps to wear a hat for protection from the sun and to keep warm clothing nearby in case you should become stranded when the sun goes down and temperatures quickly drop. Also, be sure that you’ve already worn the shoes at least several times – new shoes can cause problems.

Being Prepared for the Outback

While you are in the Outback, it is vital that you are fully prepared for any type of situation that you may encounter. Before setting off on your journey, make sure that you provide family and friends your itinerary for the day. If you make any changes to your day of travel, make sure that they are informed of the changes. If you are unable to speak with family and friends, make sure that you inform local authorities. Someone should know where you are.

When you are planning your driving time for the day, it is important to check with local maps and to calculate how long your drive will take. This is not the time to under calculate, because you want to be sure that you are not driving around at night, in areas that you are not familiar with. Make sure that you carry a local road map with you at all times in case you get off track – and make sure you can read it.

Since towns and facilities are few and far between in the Outback, it is important that your vehicle is working perfectly. Have your vehicle serviced before you set out. Make sure that your tires are properly inflated and that they have plenty of tread. It is best to take a four-wheel drive vehicle that can handle the off-road experiences that the Outback provides. Before leaving on your trip, make sure that you have a spare tire or two, if you have room.

It is also important to make sure that your vehicle is not overloaded, but that it does contain spare clothing, food, and water, in case you have a breakdown. If you experience a problem with your vehicle, always make sure to stay with the vehicle and not venture off on your own, trying to find help. It is always easier to spot a vehicle than to find someone on foot.

Being Prepared for the Bush

If you plan to do any hiking in the bushland, there are several factors to keep in mind to ensure your safety and that your hiking goes as planned. Before setting off on your journey, be sure to check the weather reports and make sure that you are prepared should any sudden weather changes occur. It is also vital that you never walk alone and that you inform others of your intended route so that they can find you should you not return at your appointed time.

Having the right supplies can make a big difference. Wear a hat, sturdy shoes, and thick socks. It is also important to wear sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun’s rays. Having insect repellent, first aid supplies, matches, a map, and a warm jacket or sweater can help you to be prepared for almost any situation that may arise.

The Australian Outback is truly one of the most exquisite places to visit in the world. If you are prepared, you can experience some of the most beautiful sights that nature has to offer. By being prepared and always aware of your surroundings, your trip will create wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. Plan well and have all of the supplies necessary to keep yourself safe in any type of situation. The Outback is an ever-changing adventure land, but those that are prepared can appreciate all that it has to offer.

 

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    Safe in the Outback? From what I have been reading of towns like Alice Springs a prepared tourist should bring a ballistic vest, helmet and first aid kit. Crime is getting out of control. Bye bye tourists….. And tourist money….

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