Exploring the Australian outback is alluring for the curious adventurer. But no matter how daring you are, there are a few things you need to know before you go.
Australians may drive on the left, but in the outback, cars will drive on the side with the least holes. And avoid driving at night, as you are likely to collide with a kangaroo.
Wear High-Factor Sunscreen
There is a massive hole in the ozone above Australia, so you will need extra sun protection. Make sure you apply regularly with a high factor.
If you want to explore the outback, do not panic if you get lost. Running around looking for help is a sure way to burn your reserve energy. Find some shade and sit near your car. An air rescue will find you much quicker by finding your car. If you plan to be in the outback for an extended period, it might be a good idea to invest in a satellite phone to call for help if something goes wrong, and an EPIRB (emergency position indicating radio beacon).
Check For Critters
Australia is home to some of the most poisonous snakes and spiders in the world. Generally, however, if you leave them alone, they will provide the same courtesy. Simple habits, such as shaking your shoes, before you put them on may set free an unexpected guest that has chosen to take refuge in the night. Also, check the toilet before you sit down: it may be occupied by a snake, frog or spider.
Pack As Much Water As You Can Carry
And most importantly, take as much water as you can pack. Aim for 10 liters per person, per day, so if you do get lost, you can stay hydrated. Even the locals that live in the Outback get lost, so with a few precautions, you can avoid any life-threatening situations. Another simple tip is to tell people where you are going and when you plan to get back.