Based on years of experience and hard fought for knowledge, we have compiled a checklist guide for those who are travelling to the remote sections of our beautiful country! This is a guide only and of course there may be items that you do not need and specialist items that you require, as per your own requirements.
To make it easy to read and check off before your trip, we have divided this guide into sections.
Let’s get started!
1. Food & Kitchen
-Vegetables & Salad
-Canned and Fresh Meat
-Condiments (sauces, salt, pepper)
-Canned and Fresh Fruit
-Coffee & Tea Bags
-Biscuits and assorted chips.
Recommended Kitchen items:
-Tongs & Toasting Fork
-Dishcloths & scouring pads
-Dishwashing liquid or soap.
-Fry pan and Pot
-Plates, Cups & Bowls
- Kitchen Knife
- At least 2 blankets.
- Inflatable mattress/Stretcher/Swag - Something to keep you off the bare ground if not sleeping in a vehicle.
- Emergency sleeping bag. (Anything can happen, it’s important to have a backup plan).
- Cotton Sheets.
3. Clothing & Accessories
-Warm clothing (Jumper/Jacket) Depending on the season.
- Wet weather clothing (Drysabone, Nylon Poncho, etc)
- Hiking boots
- Hat (wide brim is best)
- Sandshoes or Thongs
Pack your clothing to the trips predicted weather and season, if you are going in winter, pack a lot of warm gear, but always pack a set of summer clothes for that one hot day that will inevitably catch you out. It also doesn’t hurt to have a spare set of socks stashed away in case one pair get wet.
4. First Aid - Full First Aid Kit, including the essentials below:
- Snake Bite Kit
- Sterile Gauze
- Blood clotting agents (Check with your doctor first, advise that you are travelling very remote)
- Butterfly Stitches
- Panadol, other pain relief and also special items (anaphylactic injection, hay fever tablets, Current medical scripts etc)
- Medical Rubber Gloves
- Burn kit (Burn Aid Cream & Burn Dressings)
- First Aid Training is one of the most important things to have for a remote journey. When help is far away, you need to be able to look after yourself until help arrives.
- Toilet Paper (Always take a little more than you need, but not too much and always resupply when you stop in towns).
- Bars of Soap
- Hand Sanitizer
- Hair Brush
6. Camping Equipment
- Camp Chairs
- Camp Table
- Camp Oven
- Camp Shower & Privacy Tent
- Shovel - Welding Glove or Other Thick Glove (Fire Work, Moving the Camp Oven)
- Fire Starting Kit
7. Survival Equipment
- Emergency Food & Water.
- Space Blankets.
- Fire Starting Kit
- Always have a backup of essentials.
- An item to signal for help (Mirror, High Intensity Glow Sticks)
- A book/Pamphlet on signalling Morse Code.
- A Water Filter (Life Straw etc)
- A Small-Medium Tarpaulin.
8. Communications Equipment
- UHF 477MHZ Radio, preferably a vehicle mounted 5W unit with a vehicle mounted antenna.
- Satellite Mobile Phone, these are costly but invaluable if you need it in an emergency.
- Mobile phone, while you will likely not have service, the Emergency Call function works in many places long after general service has been lost (Emergency Calls Only).
- Portable Satellite Tracker
– Something like the SPOTv3 Satellite tracker is essential when you are travelling remote. If something goes wrong, they are the easiest way to let friends and family that you are okay or that you need help.
- Handheld UHF 477MHZ radios. These are extremely handy if one person is venturing away from the main camp, take a radio with you, to keep in contact with everyone.
9. Electrical Equipment
- Portable Battery Bank
– It is important to always have a charged battery bank for your phone etc, just in case you break down and cannot recharge from your vehicle.
- Batteries – Take plenty of batteries with you for all of your devices.
- Torches – Always have a good reliable torch with you, LED torches have the best light, however can prove to be unreliable if you have a cheaper one. Always have a backup torch as well.
- AM/FM Radio – A cheap but decent quality AM/FM radio is very handy, especially in bad weather. Local towers will send out alerts for severe weather.
10. Tools & Repair Equipment
- Full Set of Screwdrivers
- Full Set of Sockets
- Tub of Grease
- Vinyl Gloves
- A Quality Tarp
- A Butane Torch & Cylinder
- Pry Bar
- Wheel Cross
- Appropriate jack for your vehicle and if you are towing, take an additional jack for that vehicle.
- 2 Tyre Lever bars (Only if you have the strength and experience to change a tyre and wheel).
- Spray Can of Brake Cleaner
- Windex etc
– it can be a nightmare trying to drive into the sun with a dirty windscreen.
- Hose Clamps
– These are invaluable and take up next to no room. Make sure that you have a few different sizes, which will fit from fuel hose up to your largest radiator hose.
11. Vehicle Spares
- Full Set of Fan Belts
- Full Set of Radiator Hoses
- A pair of Wheel Bearings. If your vehicle uses separate bearings for the front and back, take one for each. Also it is a good idea to pack the bearings with grease before you go on the trip, and to take a small amount of extra bearing grease and also take the the relevant axle seals.
- Universal Joint if you are planning to go 4x4ing.
- Set of headlight bulbs.
- Spare Alternator or Alternator repair Kit.
- At least 1 Fuel Filter (If you have 2 filters, take 2)
- 5L of Engine Oil.
- Concentrate Coolant.
- 6 wheel nuts and studs (matched). If your vehicle uses different studs for front and rear, take a set of each.
- Windscreen Wiper Blades. If your wiper blades break on you in the middle of a storm it can be a terrible situation.
- A full set of main fuses and standard blade fuses.
- 1-2M of fuel hose. Should your fuel hose under your cab or in the engine bay get damaged, it can leave you stranded.
- Power Steering Fluid
- Diff Oil & Transmission Oil
– You don’t need to carry a full change of Oil, however having 1-2L of each is a good idea, a leak can happen at any time and you don’t want to be stuck in the Simpson Desert with a diff that has no oil in it…
12. Recovery & 4x4 Gear
- Snatch Strap rated for your vehicle.
- Tow Strap.
- A pair of Recovery Boards. Even if you don’t own a 4x4, your caravan etc can get bogged in next to nothing. A good set of Recovery Boards will enable you to safely and easily get unstuck.
- Vehicle Mounted Winch – If you have a 4x4 Vehicle, a winch is essential. Even if you have a 2x4 Vehicle, you can attach a Winch mounted in a Tow Hitch Cradle to your tow bar and you can get yourself unstuck.
- Tyre Repair Kit – It is essential to take one of these with you, they are easy to use on any tyre and with a quick tutorial anyone can use it.
- 12v Air Compressor – This is not just for pumping up your tyres. You can use a quality Air Compressor with other accessories to clear blocked fuel lines, clean air filters etc.
- Recovery Shovel – You can use your camping shovel, however a smaller shovel is much easier to get under the vehicle if you are bogged up to the axles.
- Rated Bow Shackles – It is essential to keep a couple of spare Bow Shackles with you. These are handy for recoveries and also for towing and emergency repairs.
- High Lift Jack & Base – A high lift jack is essential for most 4x4’s, but don’t forget to include a sand base as well!
13. Tips on packing gear in your vehicle.
- Always pack your car with the gear that you use the least, first. This will enable you to pack all the items that you will use frequently, in easy to access spots. You don’t want to stop for lunch and have to pull everything out to get the picnic table.
- Always pack breakable or delicate things in safe spots such as in a container with blankets etc.
- If you have eggs in your fridge, make sure you pack them well and wrap the carton in something soft.
- Pack your fridge so that nothing can fall/bounce and break such as beer bottles etc.
- Pack your vehicle with containers to allow easier and safer unpacking /packing.
- Use Anti-slip matting to stop gear from sliding around, especially in caravan storage.
- Keep your Centre of Gravity in mind when you are packing. Keep heavy items as low as possible. Put all the lighter gear on the roof. This will make your trip safer and reduce the risk of an accident.
- Keep your fridge as full as possible, this will keep it cooler.
- Pack your vegetables and fruits wisely, put the heavy ones on the bottom and have the light ones on the top.
14. Items that you do NOT want to forget.
- Tyre pressure gauge – The last thing you want to do is damage your tyres when you are in the middle of nowhere, a tyre pressure gauge doesn’t cost much, is easy to use and having the correct tyre pressure can save you a lot of potential problems.
- Jerry Can – Do not forget to take at least 1 jerry can, and make sure you fill it.
- Fire Extinguisher – Always keep a couple of these handy. A fire can start at any time, and you want to catch it before it spreads.
- Fire Blanket – Sometimes an extinguisher just isn’t suitable and a blanket is required to starve oxygen from a fire.
Thanks for reading!
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