Adequate preparation before starting your trip will lessen the chance of jeopardising human life. There are numerous articles on the ExplorOz site about vehicle selection, specific vehicle and communications requirements such as EPIRB
or UHF Radio
for going offroad, tool and recovery kits, driving skills etc.
You should also do a map study to determine what fuel and water sources are en route; the best route; what aids to navigation you will have; what alternative routes you could use if necessary; what positions of evacuation are available; and where the local inhabitants are located. The ExplorOz online shop
stocks a very large range of maps - both paper and on CD, along with mapping software for use on computers and even to interface with a GPS for moving map navigation. For more information see our Navigation articles.
Planning how you will carry water, and where you will obtain refills is crucial to your trip planning. You should allow 4 to 5 litres of drinking water per person per day whilst travelling. See our Water Tank
Article for more information.
Obviously, weather is an important consideration in planning your trip as many road conditions
vary according to the local rainfall. You should be aware of the changes of season in the area of your trip as some parts of Australia
really should not be travelled at certain times of year. See Itineraries for more information. You should also consider the time you have allowed for your trip, including a safety margin in case of minor mishaps. The ExplorOz site contains road condition reports for the whole of Australia
, focussing on unsealed roads and remote areas - see Road Conditions
Most importantly of all, before leaving on a journey through remote areas always notify friends, and relatives of your estimated time of departure, your proposed and alternate routes and your estimated time of arrival and don't forget to notify those concerned once you have safely completed the journey.
There are a couple of services
available, including the not for profit VKS-737 Australian National 4WD Radio Network Inc., offering the traveller an extra level of safety and contact.