As the borders are opening up in the next few days, many people are wanting to travel somewhere in Australia rather than travelling abroad.
Considerations of what to pack for such an epic journey will be paramount to your ongoing safety and enjoyment of this form of travelling.
First up, you are going to need your vaccination certificate which needs to be downloaded onto your phone as proof of being vaccinated against COVID-19.
Check out the Services Australia website to see how to do this, call into a local Medicare office or call the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809.
You will need this to cross state borders and also to enter shops, restaurants and use public services in other states.
Next up is your first aid kit.
The roads are long, phone reception is not always good and emergency help is not always just around the corner.
A first aid kit can help to save someone’s life.
For a basic first aid kit, you will need:
- An assortment of bandages to wrap wounds, sprains, stabilise broken bones and immobilise snake bites.
- Antiseptics to help prevent and treat minor skin infections as well as a few sachets of saline solution to flush out any open injuries or eyes.
- Scissors, tweezers and splinter removal probes.
For those who are a little more prepared, you could include an exposure blanket, a tick removal tool, small amount of pain killers, antihistamine, sunscreen and insect repellent.
For the more adventurous (and safety conscious) you could invest in a portable defibrillator (AED) that can help save the life of someone who has had a heart attack.
If hiking and isolation is your thing, you could invest in an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) or the smaller Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) that you can carry with you if hiking or away from your vehicle.
These are devices that, when activated can assist rescue authorities locate you if you are in distress.
The rest of the packing is now up to you; whether you want your Hawaiian shirt for standing out in a crowd or your Louis Vuitton handbag to look your best in the outback.
Enjoy and safe travelling!