Off Road Adventure: How to Prepare

If there’s something Australia has plenty to offer, it’s got to be off road tracks. Abounding in breathtaking coastline, deserts and wild mountains, there’s the right kind of wild adventure for anyone willing to explore the open road.

No matter how much of an adrenaline rush you’re after, the fact it’s the wilderness we’re talking about should be enough to convince you to do some planning before hand starting from the basics such as acquiring a survival kit.

Though there are different types of kits, with additional features, going for one with the bare essentials like signalling and firemaking tools is advisable. It also depends on the specific terrain you’re going to encounter, as well as the weather conditions.

Sure, there is technology to rely on nowadays, like the outstanding GPS, but what happens when this technology suddenly fails you for some reason? It’s okay to trust advanced devices yet relying on a good old compass is advisable too so make sure your survival kit has one.

Of course, part of the planning refers to the amount of food and water you’re going to need for all of the days you intend to stay in the company of nature. To be on the safe side, it’s always better to have more of these supplies than you need.

Since Australia’s landscape can change suddenly as you’re driving, you should spend some time getting to know the terrain you’re going to choose for your adventures by checking maps online and looking up valuable information. The last thing you want is coming across a desert you didn’t prepare for.

The same goes for entering territories of national parks or Aboriginal land that you need permits for, so unless you like to be fined, make sure you acquire the permits weeks in advance.

When it comes to the vehicle, even if you’ve already driven it it’s best to go through a bit of training because off road paths can vary and can be more challenging for your 4×4 than you imagined. If necessary, consider equipping your vehicle with additional protection such as snorkels, and always carry an emergency 4×4 recovery kit with you.

Don’t forget to keep the luggage neatly organised because the last thing you need is driving through bumps and having items flying around inside you. And by all means, remember to let family and friends know where you’re headed to so there’d be someone knowing where to find you in case something goes amiss.

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