check list for first major off road trip

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Help this begin my first major long distance off road trip What should be on my check list of things to check and take to make my trip safe If things go wrong my wife will never let me out again I will be travelling by ourselves and the make up of our family is as follows 2 adualts 3 kids under 10 travel will be sale-brokenhill-camerons corner-strezlecki track-ooadatta-alice-katherine got 16 days to do it any hints and tips greatly appreciated So far the price of the trip is increasing everyday as I find new things to buy eg UHF radio, fridge maybe a generator
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Reply By: member-skippyking - Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 23:29

Wednesday, Aug 04, 2004 at 23:29
Tim check here

what to take
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Follow Up By: Utemad - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 10:11

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 10:11
Think he might need to upgrade the Terracan to a Mack Truck if he was going to take all that !!!

Utemad
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Follow Up By: member-skippyking - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 10:42

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 10:42
OK, smarty utemad. ;~))

it's a handy list to look at and see what you may require. It is useful because its a fairly comprehensive list and not all of it is needed for a desert trek and there may be some items you wouldn't take on a forest trek.

I had a link to another one somewhere but can't locate it.

SK
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Follow Up By: Utemad - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 10:53

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 10:53
I know :-)

I kept a copy of that list too as it is easier to cut out what you don't need than try and remember what you do need.

Utemad
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Follow Up By: Crocbit - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 11:40

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 11:40
G'day from the "Top End" Tim,

As said, 16 days? to Katherine NT and back (via strzlki) ? Sounds like you maybe pushed for time....leave some for relaxing!!

Advice from an 'old' dad... look after the MISSUS!! then the kids...and take plenty of breaks to look at the great OZ.

Keep it Simple, and as light as possible, remember the more you take the more you have to pack/unpack and may break...or go faulty.

Always have water (more than you need).

Don

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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 12:32

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 12:32
A ONE WAY TRIP.

Read the thread, comprehend and then answer.
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Follow Up By: Crocbit - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 14:08

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 14:08
Sorry, my abject apologies....missed that bit.
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Reply By: Member - Mungo Explorer (NSW) - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 00:16

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 00:16
Is that 16 days there and back, or just one way? Seems rather ambitious if the former...
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Follow Up By: terracan tim - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 14:57

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 14:57
No this is a one way trip as I am posted to the RAAF Base at Tindal just 20kms outside of katherine
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Victoria) - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 00:42

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 00:42
Don't panic Tim. You'll be travelling on good well traversed roads. Your major enemy will be the weather if it rains and the roads get cut up in which case take it very easy and expect the unexpected. I travelled out to Cameron Corner last year just after major rain. The ranger at Tib said the road was the worst he had ever seen it but with care I found it perfectly safe. Safety is paramount, look after your wife and kids. You wont need most of that gear in the above link. You haven't told us what your accommodation arrangements are...camping or what. In any case carry shelter water and food for the family to cater for the unexpected and hopefully you've got some decent tyres on the rig.

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Reply By: Blaze - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 02:56

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 02:56
Hi Tim,

As Mungo Explorer says, thats a pretty big trip for 16 days.

Also check out above in exploreoz Trip Planning, and click on what to take.

Above all don't rush and enjoy.

Blaze
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Follow Up By: Member - Tim D (VIC) - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 07:00

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 07:00
the trip is one way only plan to drive to brokenhill the first day then take it from there no hurry
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Reply By: Rob W. - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 07:26

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 07:26
Don't forget to stop regularly and give the kids (as well as yourself) a break and run around, otherwise the trip will become boring and unpleasant for all.

Rob
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Follow Up By: terracan tim - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 15:02

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 15:02
My kids never get bored they come complete with game boys one for each in car dvd system ps2 and laptop even my 5 year old is a geek just like her Dad and if they get bored there got electronic books as well as mp3 players each have drive 18hrs on the stuart hwy before only stopping for petrol with out any complaints from the kids. Wife and I take turns driving every 2hrs. Done Darwin to sale in 42hrs before
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Reply By: Penguin (NSW) - Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 11:18

Thursday, Aug 05, 2004 at 11:18
Here's another list

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Reply By: Member - Karl - Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 11:02

Friday, Aug 06, 2004 at 11:02
Mate - a good sense of humour is a must and take your time. Being in the Army and with three kids myself I am use to long trips (on postings etc) and I find that frequent breaks at interesting places, keeping the kids occupied and letting the missus help with the planning/navigation (at least she thinks she is helping) helps but overall a good sense of humour and a laugh is the best way to enjoy the trip.
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