Top Tips for Surviving an Australian Summer
As the temperatures climb and the holidays call our name, it’s time to start prepping for the Aussie summer season - make sure you don’t get burnt (in more ways than one!) with our handy survival tips.
You can hear it in the sizzle of the BBQ, the Christmas music in the supermarket, and the never-ending song of the humble cicada: summer is well and truly on its way.
For recent arrivals to the land Down Under, there’s just no way to imagine a scorching Aussie summer and all that it entails. You have to experience it, and until you’ve fried an egg on your dashboard or had your thong melt into the bitumen, you really haven’t lived.
For those of us who are life-long Aussies, summer and all its tricks and traps will come as no surprise. But when you’ve ‘been there, done that’ a million times, it’s easy to get complacent when it comes to your safety, and that of those around you.
Whether you’re a newbie Aussie or just looking to freshen up your survival skills, here’s our guide to staying safe during the long, hot summer season.
Follow the KISS principle – Keep It Simple, Stupid!
Keeping yourself safe doesn’t have to be complicated. These days, we can have all the information we could possibly want right in the palm of our hand, so there’s no excuse for not being ready for a first-aid emergency.
Your first mission of the summer season is to download the iFirstAid app today. Not tomorrow, or not next week – right now, as you read this. It’s packed full of helpful features and will give you peace of mind, wherever your summer holidays take you.
You’ll get essential first aid information with voice instructors and a CPR timer, emergency contact numbers for the country you’re travelling in, and much more. It’s available on both the iOS and Android platforms.
Take a walk on the wild ssssside – but be prepared.
There’s nothing better in summer than going off the beaten track and having an adventure in the wild expanses of wilderness the land Down Under has to offer. Here in Australia, we’re lucky to have lots of beautiful bush to bash… and the snakes certainly think so, too.
If you’re not an outdoorsman or woman, that doesn’t get you off the hook. According to recent research, more than half of Australia’s snake bite deaths since the year 2000 have occurred at the victim’s house… so snakes won’t let you get a free pass just because you’re a homebody.
Most of these incidents also occurred during the warmer months of October to May, when snakes are more active. You may have noticed that we’re in this period right now - so what are you waiting for? It’s time to get your hands on a Survival Snake Bite KIT. (Also helps treat Funnel-web bites, which is ideal given these venomous critters are most active after periods of heavy rainfall).
Make a splash
It’s fair to say that summer in Australia is hot. Like, hot hot. When the temperatures climb above 30 degrees celcius, most of the country seems to head for the big blue, and we’re sure you’ll do it this summer, too.
Whether you’re paddling in a backyard pool, boarding a houseboat, setting sail on a catamaran, or having a splash at your favourite beach, the water is a lifesaver on those humid, sticky days – but it does come with very real risks.
Between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018, 249 people drowned in Australia’s waterways. Sadly, 26% were swimming and participating in other recreational activities, while 15% were out boating.
Don’t let your family and friends become part of next year’s statistics. Stay water aware, always swim between the red and yellow flags, and carry your first aid equipment with you at all times.
The Survival Boaties Bundle ensures you are prepared for any emergency on the water, with the added protection of the Waterproof Box to keep your First Aid KIT and essentials dry.
Hit the road
Summer road trips are what memories are made of – cramming all your kids, dogs and toys in the back, and wondering why you left the calm, quiet convenience of your home in the rear-view mirror.
We’re kidding. Hitting the road in summertime is an Aussie tradition, but before you head off, make sure you’ve:
- Checked your tyres.
- Given your cooling system a once-over.
- Filled up your windscreen washer bottle, and checked your wipers are in good nick.
- Ensured caravan or camper trailer is attached correctly.
- Packed your spare tyre.
Once you’ve got the car basics sorted, it’s time to think about the safety of the family. Pack your Survival 4WD Bundle, which features the best-selling and comprehensive Workplace First Aid KIT, housed in a Waterproof Box to keep your first aid contents clean and dry for your on-road adventure.
Make your summer memorable for all the right reasons
Forget the new swimmers, a Survival First Aid KIT is the best accessory these summer holidays.
Find the ideal First Aid KIT for you, your friends and family at survivalfirstaidkits.net.au