Travel tips for the Australian Outback – One

Health and Safety

Australia is a relatively safe country to travel in, but like anywhere else in the world, there are certain things you should be aware of when travelling in a new place. It's not only the different cultures that exist when you venture into the Australian desert, it's also the harsh realities of Mother Nature that you need to keep in mind when planning and exploring your trip.

For your health and safety, make sure you carry a lot of water and sunscreen on you when you are going on walks. It's also important to protect yourself from the heat with hat, long sleeved shirts and lots of water. You don't want your trip cut short because of heat stroke or other sun related illnesses. Always carry a comprehensive first aid kit. Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as encephalitis and Ross River fever. Never forget to use insect repellents that have an appropriate strength and keep your arms and legs covered with loose clothing, especially at dawn and dusk. Be aware of snakes and spiders when trekking, always check your shoes before you put them on and if you are camping, check your tent for snakes before you go to sleep.

Like anywhere else in the world when travelling, avoid dark public spaces when you are alone and never hitchhike, especially in the outback. Always make sure that someone knows where you are going and when you expect to be back. Make sure you keep your valuables out of site and secure when you are travelling.

Be careful with your body and your valuables, and enjoy your holiday!

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