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4WD Packing List

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You've picked your route, booked your 4WD campervan and all you need to do now is pack your bags. To help you get prepared, we've put together a 4WD specific packing suggestions to get you up to speed and ensure you've got all you need on your off-road adventure. This is essentially a list in addition to our campervan packing list, so assumes you've already packed the basics such as your toothbrush, passport and cell phone charger.

Of course, all adventures are different, some of you will be doing a short 5 day trip from Broome to the Dampier Peninsula, other travelling Broome to Darwin on the Gibb River Road and some of you even doing the epic Broome to Cairns Savannah Way, hence will need to pack quantities accordingly.

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4WD Campervan Inclusions

Firstly, your Britz 4WD campervan comes with a lot. Here's what you'll receive with your hire pack;

  • Kitchen essentials: gas stove, plates, bowls, cups, cutlery and cooking utensils, drinking glasses and tea towel
  • Fridge freezer and freshwater jerry can
  • Mattress, sleeping bag, pillow, bed linen, towels per person (vehicle dependent)
  • Outback Safety Kit including Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacon (EPIRB), snatch straps, D-shackles, shovel and gloves
  • Picnic table and chairs
  • Storage boxes
  • Small first aid kit
  • Basic tool kit

And here are some of our suggestions of things that you MIGHT want to pack:

Personal

  • Chamois-type synthetic towel as a compact back up to a normal one
  • Insect repellent. Having a couple of brands as some work better than others in different conditions (mozzie coils are great also)
  • Head torch & small hand torch (with plenty of extra batteries)
  • Snake-bite kit: carry this everywhere (just in case)
  • Pocket knife or multi-tool. A Swiss Army style one or Leatherman multi-tool is also handy
  • Camelbak for water. It’s a good idea for someone to carry a cup as this helps you fill up from small springs where the water may only be dripping
  • Sunscreen. A must and plenty of it; SPF 50+ is best
  • Vaseline or water-based lubricant for chafing. Helps avoid chafing in warmer weather conditions 
  • Small tarp. This has a lot of uses, ie keeping things clean when you are folding them on the ground for a start
  • Don’t underdo the toilet paper. Get what you think you'll need and double it and you’ll be closer to the mark. No one wants to run out

Clothes

  • Outdoor-specific fabrics for t-shirts/socks/undies such as merino or synthetic materials rather than water absorbing cotton
  • Hat. If it's really hot you need ventilation to keep your head cool so go for a wide-brim version
  • Thongs (jandals) are handy around camp, as are an old pair of runners for walking on rocks at the beach and in the water
  • Gaiters/leggings. These will help to protect your legs below the knee from getting scratched by the bush on walks and against the unlikely, but the potentially serious event of a snake bite
  • Have a light water-resistant jacket as well as a full-weight Goretex rain jacket
  • A warm layer or two is always important as temperatures can dip significantly at night

Food

  • To reduce volume and weight, snap-top bags are great to hold food where you don’t need the whole pack
  • It’s worthwhile buying some small containers at an outdoor shop to hold things like olive oil, powdered milk and sugar, as these are robust and easier to handle cleanly
  • Always have some food as a reserve that cannot be affected by heat or go off, for example freeze-dried or canned, as part of your back-up supplies

Miscellaneous

  • A long-handled washing scrubber will allow you to wash crockery in hot water without burning yourself
  • You don’t need much detergent so this can go in a space-saving smaller bottle
  • 12v compressor. If you are going on an extended trip and need to let down the tyres a small compressor is a good idea

  • Bottle opener (unless you can do that trick opening a bottle on another bottle)

  • Clothes pegs - there is a rope line included, but to maximise space some plastic pegs are really useful
  • Antiseptic / hand sanitizer - always useful when travelling, especially when you don't want to waste precious water
  • Rubbish bags - useful for storage of dirty and wet clothes, as well as for rubbish (because the Outback doesn't have a bin every 400m)
  • Duct tape - literally the most useful thing ever invented. Take a role, you'll be surprised what you can mend if needed
  • A larger first aid kit if there are multiple people travelling or you're travelling for an extended period

For more tips and hints about packing and preparing, here are the 10 things you need to know before a 4WD holiday.

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