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A road trip around Australia is by far one of the best ways of seeing the country. However, there are a few things you should pick up to be prepared and make your drive a breeze.
12 Road Trip Essentials
- Jerry gas can– No list of Australian road trip essentials can be complete without jerry cans. Gas stations in Australia can be few and far between. In addition, gas prices can vary widely. Gas prices in the Outback are the highest I have ever seen. We picked up a cheap one from K-Mart but it leaked a bit on us so it could be something to consider spending money on. Carrying a jerry can is vital for travelling to Australia safely.
- Water jug- A re-fillable water jug has saved us $1000s. We have been able to refill ours at many gas stations around the country.
- Reusable water bottle- Again, Australia is full of drinkable water taps. Having a reusable water bottle has saved us so much money and has saved the environment. Shop CamelBak Water Bottles
- Snacks- Any long drive deserves some good snacks.
- Good camera- Australia is home to many stunning photo stops. Having a good camera means you’ll be ready to go. The Sony a6000 is my go-to for taking great pictures without weighing a ton.
- Car Charger– It can be hard to find places to charge your phone while on a road trip so don’t forget to take advantage of your car’s cigarette lighter.
- A really good Spotify playlist– I like to make playlists of all of my favourite singalongs to help pass the time.
- Apple Podcasts– Alternatively, we listened to quite a few podcasts along the way.
- Sturdy, small garbage bags- Many of the free campsites don’t provide waste removal. Plus, a lot of the signs say to take garbage home with you. This makes it quite hard when the van is your home. This means you might end up with garbage in your van
while you look for a way to get rid of it. But, one of the ways we found around this was to use small bags, like an empty chip bag and minimize waste. A chip bag filled with your waste looks inconspicuous at a gas station the next day.
- Phone holder– GPS is super handy but hands-on contact with your phone is illegal in most states. Therefore, plan your route ahead of time and place your phone somewhere you can see it without being tempted to touch it.
- Flashlights, headlamps, or some source of light- Free campsites are often poorly lit. A headlamp can go a long way. In addition, you probably don’t want to sit in the dark all night. It can get dark early in Australia so having lights available can keep you entertained since you shouldn’t be driving after dark.
- Deck of card or board game- It can get dark early in Australia so having something to do in the evenings can be a real boredom saver. We’ve been loving SKIP BO.
- Keep Cups- Keep cups are reusable coffee cups that are making waves in Australia! If you’re a hot beverage drinker like me then getting a reusable cup can save you money! Many coffee shops around the country offer discounts when you bring your own mug.
Are there any other things that you can’t travel without?
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