There are so many reasons to explore the great Australian outdoors – the fresh air, the sound of nature, and the escape from our daily routines. Those are just some of the reasons why you should throw the tent in the back of your car and head for a camping trip.
Going into a camping adventure requires preparation. When doing so, do not forget the risk found in national parks. It is important to consider your safety. Whether planning a morning hike, heading out for a camping trip, or even pitching a backyard tent, preparation is a must.
Read on our Camping Safety First Aid guide to know how to make the most out of your trip in the woods. The goal of these first aid basics is to keep everyone safe and comfortable.
If you decide to camp in the summertime, it is essential to protect yourself from the sun. Use hats and a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least 30 to 50 SPF. Using these two will help in preventing sun damage while you are on an adventure. And because you are likely to sweat a lot outdoors, it is best to bring waterproof sunscreen and reapply after every hour. Sunscreen application can greatly reduce your chances of getting skin cancer from too much sun exposure.
To avoid starting unnecessary fires, campsite fires should be placed at least 15 feet away from tent walls, trees, and other flammable items. Never leave a fire unattended. Always keep a bucket of water nearby and make sure the fire is out before going to sleep. Drown all the embers, not just the active red ones.
If you do get burnt from a fire, here’s what you should do. First, cool the burn with cool or lukewarm water for 20 minutes after the injury. Cover the burn with a layer of cling film and cool, wet dressings. Seek medical help for second and third-degree burns.
Protection from Bug Bites and Ticks
Mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects found in the wilderness can cause certain diseases. To avoid getting bitten, apply insect repellent containing DEET to any exposed skin and your clothing. Wear long sleeves, pants, and other light-coloured clothes. These will help prevent bites and spot ticks more easily.
Having a cut is common in the outdoors due to the uncontrolled elements. When treating wounds, remember the C.A.R.E acronym.
- Clean the wound using your first aid kit
- Apply direct pressure on the wound area to stop the bleeding
- Raise the limb just above the heart level
- Ensure that the bandage is in place and effective
Leaving the food out on tables, tents, or anywhere unsecured can increase your chance of attracting wildlife animals.
To prevent unwanted confrontation with a wild animal, pack and store your food safely. Put in a tight and secure container and store it in insulated coolers. Wash your hands and separate raw food to avoid food-borne illnesses.
Be Safe and Be Prepared in Australia’s great outdoors
- Prepare a first aid kit beforehand. The kit should be suitable for the activities you are doing and the numbers in your group. Take into account the possible injuries and illnesses and what medical aid is available. Ensure you have the right content by having a comprehensive, well-stocked, and waterproof first aid kit.
- Get Trained. It is a good idea to camp with someone who has First Aid training. It is an even better idea to be trained yourself.
Be prepared on your next adventure in Australia’s wild and wonderful parks and bushlands with these safety tips.
The key to safety is preparation and getting proper training. Consider enrolling in a Provide First Aid course before exploring the unique beauty of the Australian outdoors.
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