What to Take on a Solo Drive Around Australia
When I did my journey around Australia in 2012/2013 I did a lot of planning in the weeks before I left - trying to get my head around all the places I would visit and all the things I would need. I didn't know where I might stay, so I took camping gear, and I knew I would be away for up to 6 months so I had lists and more lists before I left.
- Tent - I took a 5 man tent with floor. (I am tall and with a "delicate" back I didn't want to have to be bending down all the time.) The only time the tent has been out of its bag is when I practiced on how to erect it before I left!!
- Fold up chair - used on many occasions.
- An inflatable bed - still unused
- A sleeping bag - still unused
- A small folding table - used occasionally
- First Aid Kit - still unused
- Tow Rope - still unused
- Fire Extinguisher - still unused
- Two way radio - only used to practice and listen to truckies on some occasions
- Cooler bag with three ice blocks that I froze at night
- Biscuits, nuts, dried fruit, non-perishable foods, muesli,
- Meal replacement shakes
- Cups, plates, picnic cutlery
- Cans chicken, fish,
- Dongle for Internet Access
- Printer (yes!!)
- Data projector
- Projector screen
- Various cables
- CD's for Music
- USB for downloading podcasts
- Mobile phone
- In car camera
- GPS - in car
- Summer and winter clothes as I would need both
- Casual summer gear
- One larger suitcase for storing clothes
- Small overnight bag
- Blankets (hate being cold)
- My favourite pillow
- My personal details - next of kin etc in the glovebox
- Car insurance details
I remember looking at the piles of items I had collected to take - and wondering if it would all fit in my Mitsubishi Lancer - NOT the biggest car!!!
I had been given a gas cooking thing, but I was concerned about taking bottles of gas in the car (in the very hot Australian outback I feared it would explode!) I was able to cook on camp BBQ's etc.
Some days before I left, I loaded up the car, working out how best to pack the car. The data projector and laptop went behind the front seats, and everything else fitted in neatly. I only had to re-arrange once, when I considered another slightly different option.
In the weeks before I left I got "cold feet". I wondered if I had not been stupid and overly confident to choose to do such a crazy thing. If anybody "warned" me of the dangers I put on a brave front and ignored the warnings. Inside though I stressed. So many "What if....?" scenarios ran through my mind, and sleep was difficult. But I was NOT going to back down.
One of the options I had was to drive to Adelaide, and then return home to Brisbane if I felt overwhelmed by what I had set out to do. It didn't happen. I kept on going!!!
This photo was taken at Port Germein - South Australia.