Which off road equipment do you really need for your trip around Australia? Make safety your top priority, then see how much space and money you have left to choose from the rest.
Whatever you decide, learn how to use your equipment before you go. There’s no point having a snatch strap if you don’t know what to do with it! Also...think about which 4WD accessories you want to fit to your vehicle (if any).
Here’s the off road equipment we wouldn’t leave home without:
Here’s the extra off road equipment we think is really useful, but perhaps not essential –
An equaliser strap – This works with your snatch strap to pull you out. It equalises the weight of your vehicle across two recovery points, which makes it easier to pull in a straight line. If you have multiple recovery points on your vehicle, like we do, consider getting one.
Jumper leads – Better to be self-sufficient than to assume someone else has these. Particularly if you are prone to battery troubles, like we were at one stage!
A second spare tyre (with or without a rim) – It’s bulky, but buys you more distance between tyre repair places. Essential on long-distance 4WD or gravel routes, if you’re travelling them.
Maxtraxx – These ‘sand skis’ for your 4WD help give you traction where none exists. We never had them, but wished we did a couple of times. On the other hand, we dug ourselves out without them – and they aren’t cheap!
Most vehicles are somewhat computerised these days. Kumar is pretty handy, and an engineer – but he still wasn’t confident he could change parts on our car. We asked a few mechanics and they all agreed carrying spare parts is not as practical as it used to be, particularly if you can’t fit them.
You’d be surprised how cheap and fast air couriering is, even if you find yourself stuck with a damaged engine sensor 50km outside Bamaga, Cape York – as we discovered!
Off road equipment is often expensive, but important. Whatever you take, you’re stuck with it for the rest of the trip, whether you use it or not. It’s easy to buy equipment along the way…when you know you need it.Trip around Oz › Off road Australia › Off road equipment