So you’ve decided to join the ranks of the 4WDing elite; you’re pulling up all stops to traverse the red dust, endless planes and lush bushland the outback provides. As enriching an experience this may be, you will need to do the proper prep to ensure your journey is safe and troublesome-free.
Safety & Communication Equipment
First Aid Kit – Spider and snake bites, sprains and sunburn can affect everyone and inflict terrible consequences. Pack a FAK to suit the environment you’ll be travelling and research the local flora and fauna to know exactly what you’ll be protecting yourself from.
UHF CB (Citizens Band) Radio – Radios are important out bush as they provide direct communication with other drivers on the road that can come to your aid if you’re in need of help.
Satellite Telephone – Satphones are now a viable option as mobile phones have about 5% service coverage. Some satellite telephones are cheaper to buy than HF equipment, and also cost very little to run.
High Frequency (HF) Single Sideband Communications – Using frequencies in the range of 2 to 25MHz, HF can offer reliable communications over thousands of kilometres. An important use of HF is for contacting emergency organisations such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Police, Ambulance and Vehicle Breakdown Associations.
Recovery Equipment and Spare Parts – While we aren’t all mechanics or engineers, having spare parts will increase your chances of getting back on the road in dire situations. Here are some spare parts we recommend taking on your next off-road adventure.
- Air filter
- Two spare tyres, one spare wheel
- Distributor cap
- Electrical cable
- Electrical connectors
- Fuel filters
- High tension leads
- Ignition coil
- Oil filter
- Spark Plugs
- Punctured tyre repair kit
- Radiator hoses / clips
- Spare alternator belt
- Spare fan belts
- Engine Oil
- Gearbox / Diff oil
- Fire extinguisher (you never know when it may save your 4WD!)
Recovery Equipment – Nowadays you don’t have to scramble to find each specific tool to aid a trapped or damaged 4WD. Your 4WD centre can find a proverbial Swiss Army Knife in various ranges of Recovery Gear Kits. These include:
- Front and rear recovery points on vehicle
- Long handled shovel
- Bottle jack
- Hi-lift jack
- Jacking plate
- Quality snatch strap
- 2 rated shackles (“D” or “Bow”)
- Tyre levers and mallet
- Heavy duty air compressor
- Tyre pressure gauge
- Tyre valve tool
- Wheel brace
So, stock up and don’t succumb to the dangers of the outback, visit your 4WD centre and prep your vehicle for the ultimate test in outback travel.