Be prepared if you're camping

AS FAMILIES across the Southern Downs begin to gear up for their annual Christmas camping trip, there are a few things to keep in mind apart from whether the beer is at optimum temperature.

Warwick SES controller John Newley said preparation was the key for anyone going away, and having a stash of emergency supplies and equipment was vital.

"The first thing I suggest to people is to tell someone where you're going and when you expect to be home," Mr Newley said.

"People going camping always need to make sure they have a basic first aid kit."

For those taking to the walking tracks, Mr Newley said playing by the rules was the difference between survival and disaster.

"Unless you are a very experienced bushwalker - stick to the tracks," he said.

"You need to carry a day pack with enough food and water in there for each person for the day and again carry a first aid kit."

Mr Newley said walkers and campers needed to plan their route before taking off and "be sure to carry a map of the area".

"Have a compass or a GPS. GPSs are so affordable these days," he said.

"Another thing I tell people is, if you're on regular medication, remember to take enough with you."

If taking a long drive, Mr Newley said share the drive.

"Plan your meal breaks for the times you'd usually eat and that keeps fatigue down."

Road trippers were advised to learn a few basic skills before even contemplating a long trip, such as learning to change a tyre and how to check under the bonnet.



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