GUIDE TO A GREAT OFF ROAD CAMPING TRIP IN THE OUTBACK FEATUREv3

GUIDE TO A GREAT OFF ROAD CAMPING TRIP IN THE OUTBACK

The Outback is full of destinations that will take a lifetime for an outdoor enthusiast to visit. From pristine beaches to lush forests, challenging trails and relaxing campsites, you name it, the Outback has it. One of those relatively new activities that outdoorsmen love to do when they visit these destinations is off-road camping or 4×4 camping. It’s an activity where you combine off-road and camping. Going into trails where only a 4×4 truck can traverse is an exhilarating experience. Top it off with a good conversation around a campfire, and you’ve got yourself a very memorable and fun adventure. If you’re interested in 4×4 camping, here’s a guide on how to ensure that it goes without a hitch.

ALWAYS BRING EXTRA

A good rule when camping in the Outback, especially in remote locations, is to always expect the unexpected. That is why it’s always a good idea to bring extra supplies when going on a 4×4 camping trip. Remember that when it’s summer in the Outback, it can get pretty hot. If it’s winter, it can get pretty cold, too, so always gear up appropriately. Before setting out, make a checklist of everything you need. It doesn’t matter if you’ll be camping in a trailer or tent, the camping gear will almost always be the same (except for some perks brought about by a trailer). Here’s a list of the essential gear you need to bring.

Cooking Utensils and Food – Since you’ll be travelling via a 4×4 truck, bring an extra of these:
• Spoons, forks, knives and bottle or can openers
• Cups, plates and bowls
• Fry Pans
• Tongs
• Paper towels
• Ingredients for meals (remember to prepare extra servings)
• Fire starter kit

Bedding
• Sleeping bags
• Pillows
• Sausage bags
• Blankets and sheets

Toiletries
• Toilet paper
• Soap
• Toothbrush and toothpaste
• Baby wipes

First Aid Kit
• Burn cream
• Bandaids
• Headache tablets
• Sunblock
• Skin cream for bites and rashes
• Antihistamines
• Gauze and bandages

BRING A VEHICLE TOOLBOX

This is another must-have when going on a 4×4 camping trip. Always bring a vehicle toolbox for repair and maintenance. Tools like socket, drives, screwdrivers, multi-grip pliers are a necessity when it comes to 4×4 camping. Just in case something goes wrong with your vehicle, you’ll be equipped to repair it. Plus, these tools can also come in quite handy around the campsite.

BRING SPARE TIRES AND TIRE REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT

This doesn’t need to be stated as it is a fundamental rule for any driver to bring spare tires and tire replacement equipment. A jack, a couple of spare tires and lug wrench are supposed to be in your vehicle at all times. Make sure you’ve got that covered.

HAVE YOUR 4WD CHECKED

Nothing can ruin a 4×4 camping trip faster than an engine failure. So, bring your 4WD to a mechanic several days before the trip to have a full mechanical check-up. This will provide enough leeway just in case any repair needs to be done.

BRING ENOUGH WATER

This can’t be stressed enough. The Outback can be gruelling in the summer. If you follow the 5 litres per person rule and you’ll be camping for three days, then you need to bring at least 15 litres of water per person. Monitor your water levels throughout the day, too.

There are endless possibilities, new experiences and adventures for 4×4 camping. All you need to do is be responsible enough to prepare for it adequately, so that it will be a fun and memorable experience. The last thing you’d want to happen is ending up in the middle of nowhere with a broken down car with no tools to get back home. Always be prepared and plan accordingly.


 

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Jake Taylor
jake.taylor@dinga.com.au

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.