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4WD Packing List

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Your Britz 4WD campervan comes equipped with a lot!

Here’s what is included in your hire:

  • Kitchen essentials: crockery, cooking and utensils
  • Mattress, sleeping bag, pillow, bed linen, towels per person
  • 4WD Recovery Kit including Snatch straps, D-shackles, shovel and gloves
  • Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
  • Chairs and picnic table
  • Storage boxes
  • Small first aid kit
  • Basic tool kit

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

Clothes

  • Tip: Synthetic fabrics or merino wool wick sweat away and dry faster than cotton.
  • Bamboo is a natural alternative If you are intending to walk any distance, make sure your boots are worn in and will not give you blisters
  • Thongs (jandals) are handy around camp, as are an old pair of runners for walking on rocks at the beach and in the water
  • Bring a pair of gaiters/leggings. These will help to protect your legs below the knee from getting scratched by the bush and against the unlikely, but potentially serious, event of a snake bite Have a light water-resistant jacket as well as a full-weight
  • Goretex rain jacket

Personal

  • Chamois-type synthetic towel as a compact back up to a normal one
  • Insect repellent. Having a couple of different brands is a good idea as some work better than others in different conditions
  • Head torch with plenty of batteries
  • Small hand torch for when you don’t want/need your head torch
  • Snake-bite kit: Carry this everywhere. This is made up of two rolls of 50mm wide bandage. Wind around and over the bite area starting from the bite and moving outward
  • 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. When you get into hot conditions, sweating can be so painful that you will no longer be able to walk comfortably. The application of a lubricant of some type will stop this becoming a problem
  • Hat. Really obvious but don’t forget it. A baseball cap doesn’t do the job in hot conditions and if it is really hot you need ventilation to keep your head cool so go for a wide-brim version
  • Small tarp. This has a lot of uses. 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

Equipment

  • Insect-proof tent. You don’t need this everywhere but it is a guarantee of a fly-free meal or rest when you need it
  • 12v compressor. If you are going on an extended trip and need to let down the tyres a small compressor is a good idea
  • A puncture repair bottle. Just put the bottle on the valve and this will seal many punctures without you having to change the tyre
  • Esky. Air gap types will keep ice for several days so this is a great back-up to the fridge that is provided if you want a bit more capacity
  • Thin nylon line (say 30 metres). This is handy to have for all sorts of reasons, for example as a clothesline
  • If you can cook on a fire, an additional pot or two for this is useful. You might even consider a camp oven

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

Washing up

  • 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
  • Don’t forget a few tea towels

For more tips and hints about packing and preparing, the Britz Crew are experts in 4WD travel and can answer all your questions when you pick up! And here are the 10 things we think you need to know before a 4WD holiday.

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