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Stay safe this summer

  • Posted by TripTide HQ
  • January 17, 2013 1:49 AM AEDT

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Traveling to Australia can be the journey of a lifetime, the country is unique, naturally beautiful, rich in culture and history, full of breathtaking beaches, rainforests, mountain ranges and deserts! But in order to get the most out of your Australian experience and ensure a good time is had by all, make like a boy scout and be prepared for life on the world's biggest island.

We're not suggesting you need Ray Mears survival type skills, although they would only be a bonus, but knowing how to cope with the heat, sea and wildlife is a good enough start!


Take a peek at some TripTide top tips on how to stay safe this summer:

  1. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated if you are outdoors in the sun for extended periods of time.
  2. Protect your skin with a high factor sun-block even on a cloudy day and wear a sun hat when possible
  3. For swimming at the beach, swim between the red and yellow flags as these indicate supervised areas where a lifesaving service is on duty
  4. Always swim with a friend, never alone. It's also more fun with a friend!
  5. Look out for safety signs, if there's is a particular hazard in the area the signs will advise you
  6. If you're planning on having a beer at lunch time, hold off your swimming or water sports for another day.
  7. Going on a hike? Pack some protective footwear to avoid any unwanted nips from the creepy crawlies, snakes or spiders
  8. Another tip for hikers, check the length of the walk in advance and consider using a guide if you are new to the area
  9. If you're heading to a remote area or island make sure you pack a first aid kit as the emergency services may take many hours to reach remote areas
  10. If you plan on hitch-hiking understand you are taking a risk. This mode of transport is not recommended.

But most of all have fun! Enjoy your new surroundings and appreciate the natural beauty of Australia.  If you have any questions before you travel, whilst you are there or even on the way home, the community is here to help! Ask for advice, speak to others who have been there previously or even an expert who knows the area like the back of thier hand! TripTide is here for all your essential Aussie info.

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