This is a guest post by Howard Scalia.
Australia is definitely one of the most interesting continents in the world. It’s full of fascinating wildlife, both plant and animal. It’s a perfect place to visit if you’re keen on seeing something that you’ve never seen before.
However, because Australia is so different from the rest of the world, when talking about its unique environment, you need to take special care to prepare yourself as carefully as possible to avoid any unpleasant experiences.
In this article, I want to talk about just some of the items that are absolutely essential for you to have when traversing the majestic Australian continent. So you’ll know that you’re ready when it counts.
What your survival kit shall have: First Aid
Accidents happen when you’re out in the Australian wilderness and testing your mettle against the environment. When you’re in Australia, the likelihood of an accident happening is more likely to rise than fall, simply because there are so many things that we aren’t used to here in the States. Various species of poisonous plants and animals and unexpected weather conditions (sunscreen is an absolute must) are just some of the things that you’re going to have to worry about. So make sure that you have the means to treat minor wounds, cuts, abrasions and irritations before you can get yourself to a medical care professional.
Some first aid essentials include bandages, alcohol, sticky tape, safety pins, some sterile eye dressings, skin rash cream and antibiotics. So make sure you have those with you before travelling to Australia.
Another thing you need to worry about when it comes to travelling through Australia is fresh water. Fresh, clean water is pretty much a given anywhere in the States, but since this is a continent that is generally not as “tamed” as ours, the water will often be of very questionable quality. For this reason, you should definitely come up with a solution for sterilizing and purifying your water wherever you can find it, and the easiest way to do this is to get your hands on a water purifier. This might be an ordinary water filter, a UV purifier that uses ultraviolet waves to take care of biological and chemical impurities in your water, or even chlorine bleach tabs if need be.
Wherever you are, if you’re out camping in the wilderness, it’s always good to have some kind of multitool or Swiss Army knife on hand, as you’ll definitely end up needing one sooner or later. You can use a good multitool for hunting, cutting up your food, knocking in tent pegs, and of course, opening your beer! In all seriousness, though, having a multitool on hand is a great way to cut down on backpack weight (since you don’t have to carry all kinds of otherwise necessary tools with you). And for around $50 you can get yourself a tool that will last you a lifetime. It’s definitely an investment that I recommend making, as it will save you a lot of grief later on.
A paracord is one of the most useful items that you can have in your backpack when going out into the wild. Here’s why: you can use it to secure a tent, make a tourniquet in the event of a serious injury, make a rope, a fishing line or even a hammock if you’re feeling patient and creative enough – and there are just some of the uses. It’s always a good idea to have at least twenty or thirty feet of paracord along with you, especially if you’re going camping for more than a few days. At some point, you’re going to have to wash your clothes and dry them, and a piece of paracord strewn between two tree branches makes for a perfect clothesline.
Fire Starting Kit
No matter how hot it is outside, never underestimate how chilly it can get during the night when you’re out in the Australian woods. In an urban area with lots of concrete and steel, the concrete acts as a thermal absorbant that retains most of the sun’s heat throughout the night, so the temperature doesn’t really drop that much even when the sun goes down. It’s a completely different story when you’re surrounded by nothing but trees and dirt, and it can get really cold, really fast. Having a means to start a fire at any time is an absolute must, as a good campfire is not only a source of heat, but also illumination at night. Apart from your fire, the only light you’re going to see when the sun goes down is the moon, the stars and maybe the occasional firefly.
How to be prepared for the Australian Adventure
It’s very important to be prepared when trying to tackle the Australian wilderness, but as long as you remember to bring the items on this list, I guarantee that you’ll be fine. Just remember to exercise great caution when dealing with unidentified animal life (lest you end up with a poisonous bite), and be wary of fishy sources of water if you don’t want to end up with some kind of stomach infection. Apart from that, Australia is an absolutely amazing place to visit as long as you’re know what you’re doing, so remember to have as much fun and possible and enjoy yourself!
About this guest Author: Howard Scalia is 37-year-old former scout leader from Austin, Texas, and one of the best and most trusted blog writers at www.prosurvivalist.com. When he's not working on some new interesting article, he enjoys taking long walks in the woods with his dogs.