Thinking of a road trip?
There are around 2,620 holiday parks around Australia, and coupled with great weather it’s no wonder that people love to camp and caravan. It’s a fabulous way to get out and see the country if you’d like to discover places at grass roots level, so to speak.
And Western Australia is a jewel for a road trip.
The roads aren’t as busy as over East for a start and with a natural geography that’s ancient and breathtaking WA is a favourite destination for caravan-equipped adventurers. You’ll find on the road young families, retirees, and thrill-seekers from all over the globe.
Much of the population of Western Australia resides on the western edge, leaving the rest of the large landmass mostly wild and unoccupied but if you’re looking to experience WA in its most raw and natural state, a caravan trip to the northern Kimberley region would probably be your best bet.
Known as one of the last great wilderness areas of the world, The Kimberley region is gorgeous but for the unprepared there is an element of danger in its remoteness.
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So to help guide you, here are some tips and packing essentials for your caravan adventure in Western Australia.
Don’t Forget These 5 Must-Haves!
A Guest Post by Jayde Ferguson
1. Spare Tyres
Traversing the rugged terrain in the Western Australian wilderness is not always easy. You’ll likely cross through rough desert plains, rocky roads, trickling streams, and fields of grass during your journey.
Tyres take the brunt of the pain. Because they are the only part of your vehicle that comes in contact with the ground, every movement begins to wear them down that little bit more. For regular use in your caravan though, general wear and tear is going to be normal – that’s not to say you shouldn’t have a few spares for backup though.
What you need to prepare for is a flat tyre that could leave you stranded in the middle of nowhere. Always carry a spare tyre at all times. Ideally, you should have a couple on board. This simple preparation can keep you and your travel partners out of some very frustrating situations.
2. Extra Fuel
The northern part of Western Australia is a vast landscape covered by plains, mountains, plateaus, and valleys. Getting around to seeing all sights will take a lot of time. One of the worst things that could happen is getting stranded out in the wild because you’ve run out of fuel. It’s absolutely crucial you’re well prepared for your trip – even if you don’t think you’re going to be traveling for long.
Your caravan should be stocked with plenty of backup fuel. It’s better to bring more than you think you would need in preparation for an emergency situation.
3. First Aid Kits, Fire Extinguishers, and Other Emergency Items
Speaking of preparing for the worst, emergency items are a definite must-have for any serious outdoor adventure.
When you know that you’ll be spending time in very remote and hazardous places, it’s best to bring along a sizable number of survival supplies. Firstly, a first aid kit should always find its way into your backpack. Even when you leave the caravan to do some sightseeing on foot, make sure to bring along a first aid kit which contains all the essential tools to patch up and disinfect wounds.
Next, ensure that you have a fire extinguisher in the vehicle. You never know when a fire could spark up. With people using electric appliances more frequently today the risk for fires is now higher than ever.
Other emergency items include flashlights, rope, a survival knife, non-perishable food and water, fluid containers, extra clothing and blankets, fire starting tools and more.
It might be impossible to prepare for every situation, but having more resources on hand will always give you a greater chance of making it out alive.
4. Durable Footwear
On a trip up north, most caravanners would prefer not to stare at the inside of a vehicle all day.
When possible exploring the amazing scenery on foot is usually the best way to make the most of the experience. Just stepping outside and breathing the fresh air, or standing on new ground far from the madding crowd, can make you feel really special.
More adventurous types might prefer to take long hikes into uncharted territory, so if you’re included amongst those ranks, remember to wear heavy-duty boots for maximum protection.
The scenery might be beautiful, but the land itself could be very rugged and harsh. You’ll want to minimise your risk of getting sprains, scratches, bites, and any other injuries while you’re out there because help could be a long way off.
5. Electric Hook-Up Cables
Many popular campsites provide caravanners with electricity. To make use of it, however, you must supply your own hook-up cables to connect to the hook-up points. Having electricity supplied is a major convenience, as it will power most of your on board appliances without draining your battery and fuel.
Access to electricity is also very useful during an emergency as you’d be able to call for help, charge mobile phones and laptops, etc.
When shopping for a cable, go for the longest one that you can find. More length gives you more flexibility when you might desperately need it.
Great Places to Visit in Western Australia
Australia’s northwest region is full of natural wonders for you to explore. You could start your adventure in Broome, a top tourist city known for gorgeous Cable Beach and the Staircase of the Moon phenomenon. While in town, you can indulge in different local cuisine, do some shopping, and get pampered at one of the fine resorts or hotels.
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Broome though, is just the beginning. The Kimberley offers other attractions including the GyornGyorn Paintings, the Gibb River Road, the Bungle Bungle Range, the Horizontal Waterfall, Karijini National Park, and so much more. Visiting any one of these sites would surely be a rare experience to remember.
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Fantastic Storage Solutions for Your Caravan
Not all of us have the luxury of a huge caravan with adequate storage, and when you’re armed with the essential goodies they can take up a lot of much needed space.
Here are a 3 space saving storage solutions to consider when packing for you trip.
1. Use broom holders to store your flashlights: Flashlights will be your best friend whilst caravanning so it’s essential you have them stored in an easy-to-find spot. Bolting broom holders to the inside of your door can be the perfect space saving and ensure your flashlights are right where you need them.
2. Install hooks on the side of shelving: Chances are your caravan will have built in shelves. Make better use of this space by adding a few hooks to the side when you can hang any emergency items or kitchen and cooking utensils to better utilise the space.
3. Hang organisers off the back of the front car seats: For those items you’re going to want to find quickly, store them on the back of the car seats in an organiser. This can be ideal for maps, mobile phone, water and first aid kit for quick access.
This post was written by Jayde Ferguson, who writes for Skeeters Online – Australia’s online warehouse with the highest quality products including essential caravan cables for your next trip. You can catch Jayde on Google+.
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