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10 things to pack when going off the beaten track

The travel essentials Australians don’t want to forget when going bush.

Australians thrive off adventure. We chase it wherever we go. So naturally “going bush”, exploring the outback or choosing the road less travelled are staples to our lifestyle.

If you’re heading off into the great unknown on a true blue Aussie adventure, then these are the accessories you don’t want to leave without.

Safe travels!


1. Telstra SIM card

Even if you’ve already got an Aussie SIM in your phone, a Telstra SIM card can be super handy when travelling through remote Australia. This national carrier has one of the largest ranging networks in the nation and is the only carrier that has coverage in some locations such as Mataranka in the Northern Territory.

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2. Map

We’re serious. Don’t just rely on your phone to get you though; invest in backup maps like a GPS device or a physical map. You might have offline maps that you’ve downloaded and reception at full bars but if you accidentally lose or break your phone, then what?

Garmin eTrex Touch 25 with BirdsEye Select
Garmin eTrex Touch 25 with BirdsEye Select

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Silva Expedition Compass & Map Reader with Magnifier
Silva Expedition Compass & Map Reader with Magnifier

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Magellan Explorist 610 Handheld GPS & Camera
Magellan Explorist 610 Handheld GPS & Camera

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3. Spare batteries and power banks

This is one of those things that people tend to forget. From phone power banks to a spare camera battery, take into consideration all the electrical items you’re bringing and make sure you have the accessories to keep them juiced up.

Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger - Black/Green
Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger - Black/Green

Kathmandu


4. A torch

On the road less taken there will definitely be less light and electricity to help you find your way. Invest in a good torch and bring a load of batteries for it. Or, opt for a wind-up or solar-powered torch.

Gerber Bear Grylls intense waterproof LED torch
Gerber Bear Grylls intense waterproof LED torch

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LED Lenser X21R Rechargeable Multi-mode 1600 Lumen handheld tactical flashlight torch
LED Lenser X21R Rechargeable Multi-mode 1600 Lumen handheld tactical flashlight torch

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5. A hat

Exposure can become your number one enemy pretty fast in a country like Australia. Put your pride aside and bring a wide-brimmed hat to keep you well shaded on your trip.


6. Warm layers

The days might be warm but at night temperatures can quickly drop, especially in winter. Pack well with clothing for all temperatures.

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Women HEATTECH Extra Warm Crew Neck T-Shirt

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MEN HEATTECH Extra Warm T-Shirt (Long Sleeve)
MEN HEATTECH Extra Warm T-Shirt (Long Sleeve)

Uniqlo


7. Wet weather gear

From rain jackets and gumboots to ponchos and travel umbrellas, you never know when the weather will turn, and when you’re hiking in the forest it’s definitely no fun doing it soaking wet.

Sea to Summit Trekking Compact Cordura Umbrella
Sea to Summit Trekking Compact Cordura Umbrella

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8. Food and water

Supermarkets can be few and far between in remote locations, so buy a water can and stock up on non-perishable foods to keep you in good supply. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Gentlemen's Hardware Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Gentlemen's Hardware Stainless Steel Water Bottle

ASOS

Platypus Gravity Works 2.0L Water Filter Purifier - Complete Kit
Platypus Gravity Works 2.0L Water Filter Purifier - Complete Kit

Wild Earth


9. Cooking accessories

Doing a few days of camping in the wilderness? You’ll probably get bored of granola bars and dried fruit pretty quick. Bring along travel-friendly pots, pans, plates and flint to help you cook and clean food when required. You’ll thank us later.

Jetboil Minimo Personal Cooking Pot Camp Stove System - Carbon
Jetboil Minimo Personal Cooking Pot Camp Stove System - Carbon

Wild Earth


10. Shelter or a tent

Even if you’re not going camping, when you’re in the sticks you’ll be exposed and that’s not a good thing. Bring a tarp or shelter to rest under on a food break or while at the beach.

Mannagum Refuge Bay Hiking 1-3 person Tarp Shelter
Mannagum Refuge Bay Hiking 1-3 person Tarp Shelter

Wild Earth

Quiksilver Pop Up Beach Shelter - Carbon
Quiksilver Pop Up Beach Shelter - Carbon

SurfStitch


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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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