We often get asked what sort of basic safety gear we carry with us when we are camping or four-wheel driving. This depends a lot on what type of travel you like to do. If you are heading somewhere really off grid, then what you carry might be different if you are just going for a bush walk.
Listed below is some basic safety gear that we carry with us all the time.
FIRST AID KIT
At the very least you need a good First Aid Kit. The size of this kit and the items in it will very much depend on how remote an area your travels may take you to. If you are going into areas that are very remote you will need to take a well-stocked first aid kit with you.
We have a medium size pouch style kit that zips up and becomes nice and compact so you can fit it in anywhere in your vehicle. It can also be worn on your belt or carried in a backpack if you going bushwalking.
Some of the items that this contains are:-
- Pocket resuscitation mask
- Silver emergency blanket
- Gauze Pads
- Triangular Bandage (sling)
- Splinter Digger
- Saline Solution
- Rubber Gloves
- Antiseptic Cream
- Small First Aid Booklet
With this kit you should be able to render first aid for any minor emergencies that might crop up. Always keep your First Aid Kit stored in an area of your trailer or vehicle that is quickly and easily accessible in the event of an emergency. You don’t want to be unpacking the whole trailer or vehicle just to get the kit out. If you have not already done so, you might want to consider doing a First Aid Course. This could be the best investment you ever make, if it ends up saving someone’s life.
You also need to check the contents of this kit at least every few months as some items do have expiry dates on them. Remember to quickly replace items that you have used or that have reached their expiry date.
A fire extinguisher is a must in your vehicle and also in your caravan. You might even consider adding a fire blanket as well. A dry chemical extinguisher is suitable for class A, B & E fires.
There are six classes of fire: Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, ‘Electrical’, and Class F.
– Class A fires – combustible materials: caused by flammable solids, such as wood, paper, and fabric
– Class B fires – flammable liquids: such as petrol, turpentine or paint
– Class C fires – flammable gases: like hydrogen, butane or methane
– Class D fires – combustible metals: chemicals such as magnesium, aluminium or potassium
– Electrical fires – electrical equipment: once the electrical item is removed, the fire changes class
– Class F fires – cooking oils: typically a chip-pan fire
Heavy duty jumper leads are another must have item. As we have a duel battery system in our vehicle we can use these to jump start our vehicle should our main battery go flat, but it might also help out someone else on the side of the road.
Always make sure that your vehicle is mechanically sound before leaving on a trip and ensure that you have spare tyres which are fully inflated and in good repair. If travelling to remote areas, you might like to consider carrying extra water and fuel.
For the more serious 4WD enthusiast, you may also need to consider vehicle recovery gear. At a minimum you should carry a set of recovery tracks, a small air compressor and a snatch strap. These are especially important if you are going to be driving in sandy areas or areas that have water crossings or have had high rainfall events. You can read Driving on Sand for more recovery gear advice.