Many students and travellers in Australia enjoy exploring the country, especially paying a visit to one of the country’s many national parks. These become especially popular during holiday seasons and although they are generally very safe, there are a few tips to be aware of if you do go exploring.
7 top tips to stay safe while travelling
- Make sure you carry enough water to stay hydrated.
- Keep a safe distance from the wild animals. They might seem friendly and it can be very tempting to feed, touch or take selfies with them, but a bite or sting from one of these animals can be very dangerous and not worth the risk.
- Wear appropriate clothing. Make sure you take clothes that will keep you warm and dry, layers of clothing can be great as you may find that the temperature fluctuates a lot during the course of a day.
- Plan ahead if you are travelling to rural areas and research what you’ll need. In some areas, it might be necessary to carry a safety toolkit like a GPS, satellite phone and first-aid kit.
- Make sure you set yourself realistic targets for any hikes in accordance to your fitness levels. Don’t be over ambitious.
- Keep others informed. After you’ve made your travel plans, let other people who are not travelling with you know the duration and location of your trip. It can be helpful if you check in and check out with them on a planned time so that they would monitor your safety closely.
- Use Sonder. Sonder Members can use the “Walk With Me” function in the Sonder app, to enable Sonder to remotely monitor you on your journey. Through the feature your route and arrival time will be estimated and if your movements don’t match your route or you don’t arrive on time Sonder will give you a call to check that you’re safe.
A note on road safety
Driving is a fantastic way to travel around Australia. Yes it takes longer, but you’ll see more of the country and save on expensive flight tickets. If you’re driving on rural roads it’s important that you plan ahead, especially for long haul journeys, for example by planning in advance where gas stations are located along your route and making sure you have enough food and water. It’s also critical that you make sure you are well rested and don’t suffer from fatigue. Rural roads are known for having very high speed limits and you’re much more likely to come across wild animals such as kangaroos so it’s particularly critical for drivers to not be fatigued.
For more information on driving safety and fatigue when driving, please see our previous articles following the links below.