The outback of Australia can be a dangerous place. While getting away for some off-road adventures with your friends or family (or escaping by yourself) is fun, there are certain precautions that should be taken to ensure your trip is as safe as possible. That’s why we’ve put together this list of things that you absolutely need when driving in the outback.
A Second Set Of Eyes
There’s nothing worse than not being able to see properly, especially when you’re in the middle of nowhere. To help prevent any mishaps with the local wildlife or particularly steep drops, invest in one of the many readily available LED Light Bars for off road vehicles. Not only will they help keep you safe while you’re adventuring all over the place, but they’re also super helpful if you’re camping somewhere without facilities.
A Spare For Your Spare
According to Murphy’s infamous law, anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Which isn’t a good look if you’re in the middle of nowhere. Most vehicles rated for off-road use come standard with a proper spare rim and tyre, but if you’re going to be a fair distance away from civilisation, we strongly recommend carrying a second spare. It may seem excessive, and in some ways it is, but you’ll be super grateful if you ever need it (especially if you run into issues in an area without cell coverage).
A CB Radio
Speaking of not having cell coverage, it’s a super common occurrence when you’re in the outback. If you don’t want to be stranded for hours or walking in circles trying to get a signal, a CB radio is a solid investment. These wonderful devices can keep you in communication with your mates when everything is going well and are invaluable for getting help if something goes wrong. Simply find a channel that has a close-by truckie on it and ask for assistance – far easier than getting yourself lost in the middle of the night!
A First Aid Kit
You’ve probably seen this in every off-road article ever, but the importance of being able to patch yourself up should never be underestimated. Make sure your first aid kit is well stocked with all the medical supplies you need before you roll out of the driveway. You’ll be grateful it’s there if anything goes wrong.
An Esky Or Car Fridge
Even if you’re not off-roading during your outback adventure, you’re going to run into fairly decent stretches of road where there’s nothing and no-one to be seen. For some reason, this is pretty much guaranteed to be when you’re going to get hungry, or worse, thirsty. Having a car fridge will be a lifesaver when it’s 40 degrees outside and you’d kill for a cold drink, trust us.
A Winch Attachment
Last but not least, a winch attachment is the perfect accessory for any off-road lover. Need to drag a mate out of a ditch? Use your winch. Got yourself stuck and there’s no one else around? Find a tree and use your winch. Something heavy blocking your way? Use your winch. You get the picture. Each vehicle will have unique specifications that will determine which winch is best. For this reason, it’s essential that you do your research before picking one up.
So that’s our list of the top six things you absolutely need when driving in the outback. All that’s left to do now is cue up your playlist and hit the road. Enjoy!
P.S. If we’ve missed your favourite adventure accessory, feel free to share it with us in the comments.