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Safety Tips for camping and caravan trips



SUVs and 4WD vehicles are outselling sedans in many parts of Australia, because more and more people use their vehicle for fun and adventure.

A few simple precautions can save a lot of heartache and pain along the way.

People around the World like to drive SUVs because they can use these vehicles for short breaks, holidays and camping expeditions as well as day to day school deliveries or shopping. Most SUVs and 4WD vehicles offer lots of space for gear and kids and are quite capable of towing off road and highway caravans into some pretty remote areas.

A 4WD or SUV is not required to tow standard caravans around Australia when the only "off road" work will be pulling over into the gravel on the side of a highway once in a while.

No matter what your camping, caravanning or off road adventure rig is, there are some important rules to keep in mind. Some are obvious but they were learned the hard way by generations of holiday goers. Don't slide under a vehicle supported by a jack unless and until, there are other supports in place to prevent the vehicle crashing to the ground if something goes wrong.

Always carry a seriously stocked first aid kit. Apart from life saving equipment, the good ones carry vital instructions that can be accessed when something happens to your group or you come across an incident where people need help.

We need food and water. We can live without food for a few weeks if needed but we need water each and every day. Around Alice Springs, we need lots of water every day. It is a very good idea to carry spare water and a highly effective water filter. Check out the features of effective water filters here: B.E.S.T. Inline Water Filter

A water filter is not a luxury. It can be a life saving device. At the very least, it can save your family and friends from two to six weeks of wishing they were dead if they were to drink water contaminated with Giardia. These parasites or protozoa can be found in ground water and water supplies like water tanks and camping ground taps. Apart from organisms that can make you very sick, many can kill you if medical attention is not available.

Heavy metal contamination is a threat to water supplies in remote areas. It is best to filter and or boil all the water that you ingest while you are away from home.

If you are going on a long journey, consider taking a spare mobile phone, an extra charger and a portable power pack. When trouble strikes you will need communications. Better still, take a personal EPIRB or a satellite phone.

With technology prices coming down every year and new products becoming available all the time, why not check out your local electronics store. You can buy solar panels, a spare 12 volt battery and a 12 volt DC to 240 volt AC converter to ensure that you have power even when your car or SUV battery is not charged.

With serious planning, the most appropriate vehicle that you can afford and the correct equipment ( common sense too ! ), exploring Australia will be a pleasure.

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