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Preparing for an outback road trip
The Australian outback is an incredible feature of this country. That’s why having the opportunity to explore it should never be passed up – and what better way to see all our nation’s beauty than through a classic road trip! But before you load up your car, there are some things to consider and prepare for.
The outback is full of isolated roads and sometimes dicey weather conditions, which is why a little organisation can go a long way in keeping you safe (and happy) throughout your travels.
Start your planning by carefully considering the needs of the people you’ll be road tripping with, including yourself. That means thinking about the essentials, such as water to stay hydrated and food to avoid becoming hangry (nobody wants to deal with that in a confined space).
There are stretches of road in the outback that you can drive through for a long time without coming across any signs of life, so having some extra H20 and non-perishable snacks to tide you over is a smart idea. Other essentials you’ll want to remember are a first-aid kit, blankets and potentially even a satellite phone, if you’re really going off the grid.
Prepare your car
Apart from your buddy in the passenger seat picking out the best tunes, your car is your number one travel companion. That means it’s important to give it some TLC before you start making tracks.
It’s worth servicing your car not too long before you go, and investing in any repairs that you might have been putting off but could put extra strain on your car over a longer journey. For example, a small windscreen crack might not seem like a big deal right now, but if you’re going to be travelling a lot, that could quickly get out of hand.
Of course, even with super diligent preparation sometimes something can go wrong – like locking your keys in the car or a tyre popping. In those moments, you’ll be incredibly glad you took out roadside assistance, like a couple of our favourite queens were! Check out how roadside assist came to their rescue when they were stuck out in the desert.
Prepare your tyres
If your tires have seen better days (or it’s just been a while between services) it’s probably time to replace them. Tyres with worn away tread can make it harder for your car to have a strong grip to roads and gravel tracks.
Just before you leave, like the day before or even of, you should also check the pressure and make sure there’s no sharp objects causing slow leaks in the tyres. Having a spare wheel in your boot is obviously a no brainer, but adding a puncture repair kit in there as well could get you out of a lot of trouble.
Prepare to get handy
There are certain things out on the road that you can take care of yourself relatively easily, if you know how. Unfortunately, you’re not always going to have the reception out on the road to be able to open up your phone and find an instructional video for help. That’s why brushing up on your knowledge before you go can be really beneficial.
Prepare your Cover
Lastly, before you jump behind the wheel, make sure your insurance is up to date. If you’re going to be sharing the load on the road, you might want to consider adding extra drivers to your policy. That way, if you have an accident and you’re not the one behind the wheel, you won’t have to deal with potentially paying an unlisted driver excess (which may apply, depending on the circumstances).
Making sure you’re covered can bring you a lot of peace of mind when you’re out there exploring Australia’s outback, so you can spend more time admiring the scenery and less time worrying about what could happen if things went wrong!
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