Be vigilant - Staying in the moment while Backpacking around Australia
When you are travelling, be aware of everything going on around you which could affect you or anyone you're travelling with. If you're in the airport watch your luggage, if you're in the city look out for moving vehicles, if you're in the outback be mindful of the wildlife.
Basically, being vigilant means, keeping an eye on your surroundings and looking out for any potential dangers or sudden changes in the immediate environment.
Common Sense - Backpacking sensibly
Common sense is using your foresight to consider the possibilities of what may happen based on the actions you take. Be considerate for yourself and those around you and make all decisions based on good solid reasoning.
If you're planning a journey, give yourself plenty of time between change overs. If you're out partying, move in groups and keep in contact with each other. If you're heading into the bush, drive slowly in the day time and make camp well before dusk.
Be prepared - Planning is the key
Preparation requires the research, planning and organisation of all the things you will need to ensure your own safety during each phase of your trip.
Of course you can't be prepared for every outcome, but you can be prepared for the most likely events which can take place.
If you're driving through the outback, let your Appointed Person know your intended route and take lots of water. If you're in the city, take a map and the contact details of the place where you're staying. When you're making your backpack up, include a small medikit and some travellers cheques (see sections Money Management Tips For Backpacking In Australia and Backpackers Packing Guide/Checklist for backpacking around Australia - PART 1 for lots of great tips).
Regular communications with people - Staying in contact
Regular communication with your friends and family is fun and interesting for them but is also a clever (and necessary) aspect of travel safety for you. Regular contact will serve two very important purposes...
1) Everyone will enjoy learning of your progress and can be at ease knowing you're happy and well.
2) If there are any problems (i.e, someone goes missing) people are aware of the most recent locations you have visited which will increase the chances of rescue.
Of course there are a multitude of ways to stay in touch (i.e, phone calls, e-mails, blogs, instant messaging) and it's always best to use as many different methods as possible (see section Staying In Touch - Communications For Backpacking Around Australia). Don't forget to include all your family and friends, but most importantly your appointed person.
The Backpacker's Budget (Cost Of living In Australia)
Budgeting for backpacking in Australia is all about getting the most out of your trip with the funds you have available. In this article we outline how to budget for backpacking around Australia including getting up to date prices for accommodation, transport, essential shopping items and day-to-day living expenses so you can budget your trip with confidence before you go.
Packing Guide & Checklist for Backpacking Around Australia
Read our helpful backpacking checklist and get lots of tips about what to pack before you go to Australia. Learn about choosing the right backpack, what essentials you will need to take with you and how to travel light when you need to.