Perhaps one of the most strikingly strange facts about Australians is that not everyone has had the pleasure of visiting the outback. Whilst most people around the world think of Australia, itself, as consisting of ranges where kangaroos roam freely amidst a number of other ‘jungle’ type creatures, the fact is, even Australians look forward to their first trip to the wilds within their own country.
Why is this so surprising? It would be like saying all Americans have visited the Grand Canyon or all Brazilians have spent time in the tropical rain forests. If this is your very first trip to the outback in the interior regions of Australia, here are four ways to make that very first trip more enjoyable.
1) Buy Rugged Luggage for the Rugged Outback
Before you go any further, the thing to be aware of is that you will probably be spending much of your time in camps where you’ll be roughing it. Why even bother going to the outback if you intend to find the closest hotel to spend your nights in. You won’t get very far inside if you do that! When you pack your clothes, make sure your luggage can handle lots of knocking about. Also, it needs to be as lightweight as it is sturdy. Luggage Direct, for example, sells lots of bags that are made for the great outdoors and built to withstand knocks, bumps and extremes in heat and cold.
2) Choose Your Vehicle Wisely
You will probably not be spending all your time with a guide because that could get quite costly and you do want a bit of privacy on your journey into those seldom seen territories. Yes, a guide is good for a while, but plan to spend some time on your own which means a 4 Wheel or All Wheel drive is a must. Once you’ve seen the roads, or lack of roads in some cases, you’ll understand why your vehicle needs to be equipped to go through literally any type of driving terrain.
3) Camping Gear
Again, why would you bother going to the outback only to stay in a 4 star hotel? Yes, those are nice at the beginning and end of your excursion into the vast unknown, but when touring the outback for your very first time, you’ll want to spend the bulk of your time as close to nature as possible. The list of what you’ll need is going to be a bit long, so spend ample time researching what to bring so that you can cook by the fireside and stay warm/cool in your tent. Camping gear also means bringing along such things as a first aid kit and any insect repellents you may need to keep those little pests away. If anyone in your group has allergies to any kind of insect bite, an EpiPen, brand or generic, or two would be a wise addition.
4) Mobile Communication and Backup Batteries
Also, besides a really good GPS system which you may or may not have as an app on your mobile phone, don’t forget to bring the best phone you can along with ample backup batteries in case you are unable to find a way to recharge. With the cost of solar mobile phone and laptop charges having come way down in recent years, this is something you may want to invest in. It’s better to plan for the best but to be prepared for the worst. (Does Murphy’s Law follow you wherever you go? If so, plan extra well!)
Finally, and as an added tip, spend a lot of time reading up on such things as endangered species you are likely to encounter. Whether or not you’ll be on a hunting expedition, some of these creatures are highly threatened by human proximity and though you may think they are cuteness personified, don’t feed them or try to interact with them. The closer they can stay to their natural habitat, the better off they’ll be in terms of survival. Just don’t forget to bring a camera! This is a trip of a lifetime and one you’ll want to capture for those Kodak moments that only come once in a lifetime. Enjoy your trip and above all, plan well and stay safe.