Travelling Australia with our two young children is an experience like no other and we are so grateful for every day we get to spend on the road however, Australia is a BIG country with many isolated areas, so safety is paramount. Here are our top 10 safety tips for families travelling Australia.
1. Always carry water.
Australia is a large country and water can be scarce especially in the more remote areas. It is recommended that you always carry a minimum of 3 days’ worth of water with you when travelling this amazing country. This equates to approximately 10L per person.
E.g. 10L x 4 people = 40L
2. Always carry a spare wheel…or two.
Not all roads in Australia are bitumen in fact, you will probably find yourself on many dirt tracks during your adventure. It is vital that you carry at least one spare however, we recommend that you carry two. Know how to change your car tyres and check your spare wheels regularly. We also recommend purchasing a tyre repair kit.
3. In a breakdown, never leave your vehicle.
If your car breaks down in a remote area of Australia and you’re unable to attend to the repairs yourself, stay with your vehicle. It is much easier for help to find you and its common knowledge that Australia’s harsh environment can be deadly.
4. Purchase an emergency beacon.
If your planning on travelling Australia, you should consider purchasing an emergency beacon. We purchased a KTI personal locator beacon prior to leaving on our lap of Australia. Phone service is unreliable in regional areas of Australia therefore, a personal locator beacon provides peace of mind that someone can find you in an emergency. Beacons are registered online when purchased and if activated, the beacon provides emergency services with your GPS location
5. Know your first aid.
Australia is a very big country and help can sometimes be hours away. Knowing how to help someone in an emergency can sometimes mean the difference between life and death. Make it a priority to attend a first aid course before you leave for your big adventure.
6. Always carry a first aid kit.
Always carry a well-stocked first aid kit that also includes compression bandages for snake bites, a sting kit, an eye-wash kit, and medications such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, and an anti-histamine. Here is the link to the first aid kit we purchased.
7. Keep important medical details in your glovebox.
Keep a list of passengers and their medical details in the glove box of your vehicle in a brightly coloured pencil case. In an emergency, it is extremely important that emergency services have access to your medical information. It means they can treat you quickly and not waste time searching for details. Information should include any allergies, a list of current medications, previous medical conditions and/or surgeries, and an emergency contact number.
8. Free camping- always camp in numbers.
We love to save money on accommodation when travelling Australia by making use of the many free camps available however, we have not always felt safe when camping alone. We have discovered that pulling up at free camps with other caravanners can help alleviate this stress. We understand that not everyone likes to camp with others however, when travelling with children this is the most suitable option for us.
9. Keeping your children safe at busy tourist attractions.
We often come across tourist attractions that are bursting at the seams with people, especially in school holidays. Being that our children are still quite young we make a point of writing our mobile phone number on their arms when visiting these overpopulated locations. It gives us peace of mind knowing that someone can contact us if one of the children become separated from the family.
10. Trust your gut feeling.
If at any time you feel unsafe or in danger, simply leave the area. Never place yourself or others in harm’s way, trust your intuition and keep yourself and your family safe.