Before you head off on your trip – whether it’s for one night or 3 months, it’s important to ensure you’ve packed the right gear. Here’s a few tips we’ve learned along the way.
- Check the weather. Australia’s weather can be unpredictable so it’s a good idea to pack for all climates. If you do caught out -Find a Saint Vinnies or Red Cross in your nearest town – it’s a great place to pick up affordable clothes and linen if you get caught out. It happened to us at Ulura – camping in December we expected it to be hot and were unprepared for the drop in temperature at night. A quick trip to the Alice Springs Red Cross and we bought doonas and track suits for a total price $20.00
- You can never have enough – Ice, rope and wine! My father in law was right!
- When travelling with others. Get together before your trip and map out where you plan to stop each night, the amount and type of food you like to eat – does everyone need to take a bottle of tomato sauce?
- Food – If you’re travelling in a group and all have similar dietary habits you can divide the pantry items such as sauces, herbs and mustards and the packing will be easier. Cooking a roast is great way to get two meals, we always have leftovers for sandwiches the next day and we also like to take turns in cooking meals that way you’ll get at least one night off!
- Plan your stops and know where the fuel stations are. It’s great to have a GPS for finding your way around the city, but when you’re out the back of whoop whoop you can’t go past a good old Hema Map. Plot your rest and fuel stops, you don’t want to run out of fuel! Particularly in the outback it can be a long distance between fuel stops.
- Join an Automobile Club. You only need to use it once to benefit from being a member. Each state has a different club with slightly different benefits, but if you’re planning a big trip – get the top level cover so you are covered Australia Wide with the extra towing. We’re members of the Automobile Assoc of the NT (AANT) – we got stuck in Broome for 3 days waiting for a replacement tyre to arrive from Port Hedland and the AANT covered our accommodation for the entire stay. Happy Days!