It is important to be aware of any potential dangers and take care of yourself when camping.
- Plan carefully and make sure your vehicle(s) and equipment are in good working order.
- Read signs and information carefully. Pay attention to any safety warnings.
- Supervise children, especially near water and in areas with potentially dangerous wildlife.
- Don't assume water is safe to drink. Boil or treat water before use.
- Keep your food in locked containers or in your car to keep it safe from wildlife.
- Take extra supplies in case you get stranded by sudden weather changes.
- Wear protective clothing to avoid sunburn, bites, scratches and stings.
- Never feed or provoke wild animals—be wary of wild animals in the area.
- Be alert for sudden weather changes, particularly storms and cyclones. Be prepared to evacuate if necessary.
- Only light camp fires in parks where it is permitted. Many national parks do not allow open fires.
- Extinguish fires whenever you leave your campsite unattended; use water, not sand (it retains heat and can cause severe burns).
- Never use portable gas appliances in your tent or van.
- Carry a marine band radio and transceiver as many places are out of range for mobile phones.
- Be aware of tidal variations and strong currents—anchor boats securely.
Checklist for campers
- Waterproof tent, poles, pegs and mallet
- Fuel stove, fuel supply and waterproof matches
- Bags for rubbish and storage
- Drinking water
- Sufficient non-perishable food and other supplies
- Cooking utensils
- Sleeping bag and mat, or a swag or other bedding
- Suitable clothing and sturdy shoes
- Wet weather gear
- Insect repellent
- Hats and sunscreen
- Suitable first-aid kit
- Binoculars and camera
- Map, brochure and compass
- Torch for walking at night
- Broadcast radio (for weather forecasts) and spare batteries
- 2-way radio and extra fuel (if camping in remote places)