Tips For Staying Safe Whilst Travelling
By Budget Motels on 13 December 2017
Let’s face it – Australia is a vast country with plenty of remote and rugged areas. We have a lot of wildlife, strong sunshine and a wealth of other dangers that we need to take into account when it comes to travelling.
To help you stay safe on your journey, whether you’re just going for the night or a whole week, we have compiled this list of safety tips:
- Sun Care
Although the sunshine is appealing, it can also be dangerous. Proper care is required to prevent sunburn – wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and adequate clothing. Remember to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide.
- Beach Cover
If you plan on visiting the beach this summer, make sure you buy a shelter or tent with a 100% UV proof lining. This will give you somewhere shady to sit and protect you and your family from sunburn.
It’s true that Australia is home to many dangerous creatures, so take care when bushwalking or heading to the beach and ensure that you don’t get too close. If in doubt, stay clear.
- Don’t Wander Off
Bushwalking is a popular pastime of many, but ensure that you stick to the tracks and trails. Venturing off could end up with you getting lost or even injured. Always take plenty of water with you.
- Emergency Numbers
Remember that you can call 000 for emergency services anywhere in Australia. When calling from a mobile phone, you can also dial 112 (although 000 will work even without reception).
- Protect your Wallet
As always, keep an eye out for credit card thieves and skimmers. Be vigilant when using ATMs, as criminals have been known to set up dummy readers that copy your PIN.
- ATM Ate your Card
This is something that everyone dreads whilst on holiday. One way to avoid this is to use ATMs at a bank and only during business hours – it will be retrieved much faster.
- Secure your Documents
Appropriately secure any important documents that you might be travelling with and make digital copies that you either email yourself or store in your electronic devices.
If you decide to take a taxi or Uber (great if you want to pop out for dinner), ensure that you have used a registered vehicle. If you have a bad feeling about a driver, do not get into the car.
If you have a trip planned sometime in the near future, we hope that you find the above tips useful in knowing how to keep yourself and your family safe. Whether you’re staying in hotels, motels, apartments or even in a caravan, there are plenty of things you can do to ensure that you are protected. Happy travelling and stay safe over the holiday season!