Camping health and safety guide

Camping is incredibly rewarding and has many benefits, but it isn't without its health and safety risks. Nor is the associated travelling we do to get to the campsite and back, or the activities we pursue while camping. Don't let fear and uncertainty stifle your sense of adventure though, especially where kids are concerned.

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In fact, our very own 2019 dual Australian of the Year, Dr Richard Harris, in his Australian of the Year acceptance speech, recognised the importance of letting kids have a bit of rope to explore their adventurous side and allow them to challenge themselves, earn the grazed knees and the stubbed toes, define their own boundaries and test their own limits. 

While we can't eliminate all of these risks, with the right knowledge, planning and equipment we can certainly go a long way to making our camping life much safer.

In this health and safety guide, you will find information and links to resources to help you to camp and travel more safely. Any links in this guide to external sites are to trusted and reputable sources. All of the articles listed below are provided subject to our Disclaimer.

Included in our camping health and safety guide are the following articles:

1: Calling for emergency help in Australia

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This article contains the following topics:
  • Telephone calls for help
  • Distress beacons
  • Ground distress signals

2: Safety and prevention - tips from the experts

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This article contains the following topics:

Safety around water
  • Beach safety
  • Water safety
Travelling and the outdoors
  • Bushwalking safety
  • Be bushfire aware
  • How to survive in the woods
  • Outback survival
  • Safe motoring and travelling
Fire and gas
  • Camping safely with gas
  • Campfire safety
Hygiene
  • Food safety and hygiene
  • Drinking water
Other
  • Hot weather safety 

3: First aid kit and safety equipment

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This article contains the following topics:
  • First aid kit
  • Other health and safety related items 

4: First aid treatment - tips from the experts

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This article contains the following topics:

Emergency responses
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • First aid basics and DRSABCD
  • Pressure Imobilisation Bandage (how to apply)
  • Recovery position
Bites and stings
  • Insect bites and stings
  • Sea creature bites and stings
  • Snake bites
  • Spider bites
  • Stinging plants
Infections and illnesses
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting in children
  • Fever and high temperatures in children
  • Gastroenteritis
Weather related conditions
  • Dehydration
  • Frostbite
  • Hot weather risks and staying cool
  • Hypothermia
  • Sunburn and sun protection
  • Heatstroke
Injuries, accidents and other
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Bleeding
  • Burns and scalds
  • Cardiac arrest / heart attack
  • Choking
  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Fractures (bones)
  • Sprains and strains