How To Stay Safe On a Queensland Holiday
Are you dreaming of a holiday or trip to Queensland? Queensland is a world-renowned holiday destination for good reason – it appeals to every kind of holiday maker. The adventurous type that likes to trek through forests and see wildlife; the one who just wants to sip cocktails on sprawling, crystal-clear beaches; four by fouring in the Outback – and we’ve barely scratched the surface!
However, as Queensland is big – and we mean 1.73 million square kilometres big – and full of Australian flora and fauna that isn’t so friendly. Not only that, but Queensland is also susceptible to natural disasters such as cyclones (hurricanes or typhoons), flooding, and bushfires.
Your safety is paramount on any trip, but when trekking over Queensland you need to take additional precautions, especially if you have pre-existing medical conditions or limited mobility. Here is what you should know about Queensland and how to prepare for any unforeseen eventuality.
Basic Everyday Precautions
If you are preparing to gaze upon the Gold Coast, cruise around Cairns, or while away hours in the Whitsundays with a guided tour, your chance of running into problems are rather low. However, you should always protect yourself against the sun and insects when out and about. Australia is the land of “slip, slop, slap” – that means slipping on a shirt, slopping on some sunscreen, and slapping on a wide-brimmed hat. This will give you adequate protection from the Queensland sun, which can be punishing in summertime. You should also consider buying insect repellent with some level of DEET to keep even the most persistent insects away from you and your family.
The Road Trip Kit
If you are looking to road trip up and down Queensland, you’ll need to pack a road trip survival and emergency kit. This kit should have everything you need to survive if disaster strikes. You should have a torch, matches or other ignition source, toilet paper, a first aid kit, a two-way radio or alternative to a mobile phone, adequate food and water, spare tyres, batteries, and fuel, shovels and towropes, hand maps (or maps saved to your phone), rugged clothing, important documents, a fire extinguisher or blanket, a tool kit to make repairs (if possible), tarpaulins or large blankets, and an Esky or large drink cooler. Remember to check your itinerary and see if your car can handle unsealed roads or uneven terrain. If you don’t think your car or vehicle can handle it, avoid it.
People With Chronic Illness
If you have a chronic illness, make sure you study your trip destination very well to see if it is suitable for you. Plan out to see the area’s availability of pharmacies, medical facilities, and other health clinics. Find local organisations or support groups that are associated with your illness. Having knowledge of where to obtain aid can offer comfort and prompt access to support in case it’s required. You should be prepared by taking as much medication with you as possible. Your allergies and other vital information should also be part of your road trip kit and with your personal belongings, such as everyday carry items (wallet, purses, etc.) or daytrip bags.
Severe Weather Warnings
As we’ve mentioned, Queensland is prone to natural disasters. Though you may get alerts through your mobile phone for imminent disasters, you should also have a battery-operated radio on hand in case you don’t have mobile reception. Queenslanders are also wary of golf-ball sized hail, which can damage cars. If you are given a severe weather warning, try to find shelter under a sturdy building away from trees, rivers, powerlines, and other hazards. If you cannot find a covered area, try to minimise hail damage by wrapping your vehicle in the large blanket or tarpaulin. You can also avoid these areas by paying attention to weather forecasts. If broadcast news advise high rainfall in any given area, drop it from your itinerary.
Make Sure You Have Insurance
Whether you’re taking a leisurely trip to Noosa or exploring the Daintree, you need to invest in adequate cover. Travel insurance can help cover your medical expenses such as medical evacuation or extended stays in hospital, as well as any repatriation efforts. It can also cover lost luggage, flight, train, or tour cancellation, and in some cases, COVID-19 or severe acute illness related expenses. You need to figure out the level of cover that will allow you to claim for the activities you’re attempting – some travel insurance will refuse to honour claims after injuries incurred in dangerous activities or sports.
Insurance gives you something you can’t buy off the shelf, and that’s peace of mind. For a safe and fun Queensland holiday, follow these tips and you’ll definitely have a trip you and your family will remember!