There’s nothing quite like hitting the road – or getting off it – on an all-Australian 4×4 camping adventure. However, if you’re new to 4x4s, you may need to add a few things to your checklist before you head out. We’ve put together a list to make sure your camping adventure is safe, comfortable, and has you prepared for almost any eventuality.
This should be your first priority, and will do you good in the years you’ll go camping with your 4×4. First, you should have your 4×4 checked for safety – fan belts, oil, brake fluid, etc. If it’s getting close to needing a service, get it done before you go out. You should buy the following if you don’t have them already:
- Recovery tracks
- Air compressor
- Water jerry can
- Fuel jerry can
- Rope and gloves
- Tyre pressure gauge
- Puncture repair kit
- UHF Radio
- Basic tool kit
- Spare tyre
- First aid kit
These are the absolute minimum, barest of essentials to have, before you set out beyond “civilisation.” With all that in the back, you can feel confident in helping yourself out of trouble. You can substitute the UHF Radio with a Satphone or Personal Locator Beacon, if necessary.
Pictured: TJM Heavy Duty Recovery Kit
Shelter and Bedding
Sleeping among the stars is fun, but you’ll need shelter and something padded underneath to make the experience that much more pleasant. 4×4 owners can look into the innovative Roof Top tents, which keep you off the ground and require less set-up than traditional tents. It also includes padded bedding underneath. Otherwise, a blow-up or foam mattress is a convenient alternative. Of course, a season-appropriate sleeping bag – choose one that’ll be good for 10 degrees lower than the ambient temperature of your destination.
Pictured: TJM Boulia Roof Top Tent
If you’re heading into the snow, wet weather gear and thermals are a must – if you’re heading somewhere tropical, a hat, sunnies, sunscreen, insect repellent (ones with DEET ratings are best) and shorts are a good idea.
When you’re out of the kitchen and you need everything for a kitchen, it’s easy to forget one critical utensil that’ll make your life a whole lot easier. So here’s a checklist:
- Cutlery, plates, cups, bowls – disposable ones create mess, and it’s best you use ceramic or camping plates/cutlery
- Paring knife, spatula, tongs, and a wooden spoon
- Pots and frying pan
- Cutting board
- Detergent and sponges
- Paper towels
- Aluminium foil
- Bucket or tubs for washing up
- Tea towels
- Rubbish bags of different sizes
- Zip-lock bags to store leftovers and other items
Also know ahead of time if your camping site will restrict the use of open flames; if so, you’ll need a gas or fuel stove. Some national parks let you cook on open flames but won’t let you collect firewood, so you may have to carry it all in with you.
There’s nothing worse than running out of toilet paper…in the middle of the bush. You should also carry a microfibre towel, soap, deodorant, and other towels.
Power, Light, and Electricity
To make sure you’re covered, take an extension cord, extra batteries and chargers for your electronics, jumper leads and inverter. Remember to take a lantern, torches, and a lighter for lighting fires – a windproof jet lighter or Zippo is best.
Other Bits and Pieces
You should have a table and fold-up chairs for relaxing; perhaps a fishing rod and gear if you’re near a creek; and pocket boardgames, books, or cards to while away the time. You are on holiday, after all!
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