You decided it’s time for your next road trip? I don’t blame you.
Australia is the perfect place to pack your things, jump in a car and leave. I have done it myself, a couple of times. I can assure you right now, you will have the time of your life and maybe never come back.
But doesn’t matter if you want to travel Western/Eastern Australia or North/South Australia, one thing is for sure. You need the right equipment. After many travels, I know what you need to take on a Road trip through Australia. To make your planning easier here are the 10 Things You Need On Every Road Trip.
1. Smartphone with Telstra SIM
The first thing is probably pretty self explanatory. You can use a phone for pretty much everything. Taking photos, booking accommodation, looking for places to stay on the map or just staying in touch with people, a phone can do everything and is definitely my number one when it comes to important things on the road.
I highly recommend a Telstra SIM as well. When I first started travelling Australia, I was with Optus and my partner with Telstra. God knows how many places me and my partner travelled to where he had service and I didn’t even have low signal.
So if you don’t want to have the same problem, get yourself a Telstra Pre-Paid SIM Card.
2. GPS and Map
Even though you have a phone, you never know where you will end up in Australia. It is so easy to get lost in the bush and let me tell you it is not fun (yep it happened to me before). Australia is a huge country so it’s really likely that you will get to a lot of places without any service.
For that reason, having a GPS System installed in your car is a huge bonus. Additionally, It’s always good to have maps, doesn’t matter if they are offline on your phone or if you get a real map. It will safe you a lot of stress.
If you are new to Australia, you should know that the sun in Down Under is extra strong. And when I say extra strong, I mean extra extra strong haha. Chances are, you will be in the sun a lot if you are travelling through our sunny continent. Even if you are mainly sitting in the car driving, a car doesn’t prevent you from getting burned.
Make sure you always put enough sunscreen (with a high SPF) on.
photo taken by @travelwithlille on Instagram
4. Solar Panel + Inverter
Australia is one of the sunniest places on earth so why not take advantage of that?
A solar panel is a big investment but once you get one, you will love it. I mean who doesn’t want free energy while road tripping Australia?!
If you have a couple things you want to run off the solar panel (fridge, freezer, blender, tv different devices), you should at least get a Solar Panel with 120W. They are so easy to setup and use and are perfect for living sustainable on the road.
If you get a Solar Panel it comes hand in hand with an Inverter. It will allow you to charge and run 240v devices such as phones, laptops & power tools off a 12v battery like the battery of your car.
I was living and working on the road for quite a while, that meant I had to charge my phone and laptop at least once a day. The inverter made it possible for me. I’d definitely say that an inverter and solar panel are crucial for anyone who is working from their laptop.
Even for people that don’t need to charge their devices everyday, it is still very useful since you can use it to power items like blenders (for smoothie making) or any other items. Especially if you are planning on travelling for quite a while, it allows you to stay at one place for a long time and still be able to charge everything.
Everyone should have a fridge when going travelling in Australia. Australia is known to get really hot, so if you wanna stay on the road without dying of hunger, a fridge is essential for everyone!
I travelled the West Coast for 7 weeks without a fridge, all we had was an esky. You might ask yourself how is that even possible. And I can tell you it is possible but definitely not advisable! I lived off fresh fish (which we had to eat in a day because otherwise it would have gone off haha) and bread which was as you can imagine, not ideal.
So get yourself a fridge and maybe even a freezer if you are planning to travel for a long time. Get a 240/12v fridge for camping and you won’t have any problems. It will save you a lot of time and hassle. My motto when it comes to a fridge on the road is “go big or go home” haha! It does take a lot of space but it allows you to get a lot of groceries at once so you don’t need to go to the supermarket everyday. Before you are off to remote places, you can do a big shop without having to stress about running out off food after two days.
You might think, why should I get a TV if I am travelling through the most beautiful place in the world. And I definitely get where you are coming from, I must say that I am so glad we got one tho. At times, we have been in the outback for a couple months and even tho the sky looks incredible from there, it does get a bit boring after a while.
We started doing movie nights three times per week and it was always such a highlight! All our neighbours ended up coming around and we had this massive group of people watching a beautiful film under the dark sky.
I swear on my Englaon portable TV (it will be live really soon, sign up for our newsletter to get notified ). It comes with a battery so you can charge the TV over night. It will run for 6-8 hours once the battery is fully charged which makes it perfect for watching TV outside. I bought the TV together with their satellite dish which keeps me connected with all my favourite tv shows to get more information). Because we ended up doing big movie nights for a lot of people, I also bought the portable SoundBar which made a huge difference when it comes to the sound quality.
photo by @wolfspadesmeow on Instagram
7. First Aid kit
You don’t really need to buy an expensive first aid kit, just create your own. There are a couple shops where you can get things like plasters, bandages, antiseptic wipes and so on for cheap. Just put everything in a waterproof bag and there you go!
My boyfriend is really into fishing so we needed it all the time. Just to name a few: the hook got stuck in his finger, he had a hiking accident which resulted in open knees and so on.
Also make sure you bring basic medications for sickness, allergies and any sort of pain.
Fingers crossed, nothing will happen to you but it’s always good to be on the safe side, just in case something should happen.
Australia is huge. Chances are, you will drive a lot during your road trip. Personally, I struggle a lot with getting tired on the road when it is literally just going straight for hours and hours. What helps me stay awake is good music. You can either get a couple different CD’s or get Spotify Premium to be able to listen to your playlists even if you are offline.
It makes driving so much more enjoyable and helps you stay awake on long journeys.
9. Head Torch
This may sound a bit boring but believe me, don’t even consider going on a road trip without a head torch!!!! It is so helpful for cooking, eating, setting up tents in the dark or just for going to the toilet. Having your hands free makes everything so much easier.
Get yourself a head lamp with a red night vision setting, so you don’t end up with a million bugs on your forehead.
I must say, Wikicamps is a genius app and I can only recommend it! It costs you $7 which is so cheap considering you get access to every camp in the country.
With the help of Wikicamps, I found so many amazing free and super cheap campsites in the middle of nowhere and even close to cities! It not only shows you the campsites but also the facilities that are available and helpful reviews of fellow campers.
I think over all, Wikicamps saved me over 200 dollars in accommodation fees.
That being said, the Englaon-Team wishes you an amazing journey through Australia.
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