If you are planning an extended camping holiday in the Australian Bush, it is important that you are properly prepared. Below is a guide to some of the camping equipment you will need to ensure that your camping trip is a success.
First aid kit
When you are camping many miles away from the nearest town, it is vital that you have a large first aid kit with you. The first aid kit should contain:
- Antiseptic cream
- Burn bags
- Wooden splints for broken fingers
If you need to call for help, you will find it very difficult to use a standard mobile phone. In order to maintain communications with the outside world or to call for help in an emergency, you will need a satellite phone.
While you may plan to draw water from rivers or natural wells, there is no guarantee that these water sources will provide you with the water you need. In recent years, Australia has experienced many droughts. When planning your drive out into the Outback, you should ensure that you take jerry cans which contain enough water to keep you going for several weeks. The Mayo Clinic recommends that men should drink around 3 litres of water a day and women around 2 litres. However, if you will be camping in very hot conditions, you may need to drink more water to stay hydrated.
When you get deep into the Outback, it can be very difficult to navigate. This is because the Outback can have very few landmarks which can be used as waypoints and points of reference. Before you start your camping trip, you should invest in a GPS system which will allow you to pinpoint your position when you are in the wilderness. However, you shouldn't just rely on this technology. You should also buy a map and a compass so you have a backup solution if your GPS fails. If you are unsure how to use a map and compass, you should practice in an area which is close to a built up area before you head out into the Outback.
If you would like further advice about planning your camping trip, you should contact a camping supply retailer. The staff will be happy to provide help and assistance to ensure you find equipment which is perfect for your camping trip.