The countdown is on for the Christmas holidays and for a lot of families that means one thing – camping! It’s one of those rare occasion where everyone has time off together and as a family, you can spend some quality time together.
However, when it comes to the great outdoors, especially in Australia, we need to be aware of the possible scenarios where we may need to use first aid.
Here’s our top 5 tips to be aware of this summer if you’re travelling or holidaying:
1. Snake bites – These are not a common occurrence but if it does happen, you need to educate yourself on the proper bandages you will need and the specific treatment to administer until help arrives.
2. Cuts and insect bites – It is recommended to clean any scratches, grazes or cuts as soon as they occur, even if it’s with water. Even the smallest cut is possible to cause infection if it gets dirt in it. This is also relevant for insect bites. Clean and treat them to prevent any further irritation or infection. If you’re camping near the beach, be aware of jellyfish stings too.
3. Burns – Ensure that your first aid kit has the right bandages and treatment for burns, whether it be sunburn, hot water burn or from a campfire.
4. Dehydration – When we’re out in the heat all day swimming, exploring or even just relaxing, it is very easy to get dehydrated without even realizing. Make sure you have stocked up on lots of water for your travels and even some electrolyte fluids to help replenish if need be.
5. CPR – Educate yourself on the basics of CPR so if the worst does happen, you have the tools to handle the situation and treat the victim until help arrives.
Before you leave for your Christmas break with your camper trailer, caravan or tent, make sure you check your First Aid kit is both fully stocked and all the contents are within their expiry date. It’s something you don’t want to find out when it’s too late! If you are interested in completing a CPR Course, First Aid Accident and Emergency offers free community CPR courses in addition to registered First Aid courses available at their Gold Coast office. Contact their office today: https://www.firstaidae.com.au/contact/