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Hi, We are planning a 1 month driving trip from brisbane to ayres rock and back in June/July. As we haven't attempted a long trek like this before we are unsure of what to pack and how much to pack clothes wise for the kids( and us) The children are aged 6 and 8. We always seem to overpack for holidays so am wanting some advice from those experienced travellers with kids.
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Reply By: mattie - Saturday, Feb 24, 2007 at 19:23

Saturday, Feb 24, 2007 at 19:23
Hi Benno
if u are camping and not moteling then we find that we always take to many good/casual clothes that u don't use unless u dine out.
U will need warm clothes it gets very cold in the centre of an evening, last time we through 3yrs ago we had to use the dog blanket that we had used for packing in the back of the dual cab we were thankful that it had been washed before we left, we were living in SA then and we had enough beding to camp all the way up and while we were in the Alice for the camel races it was freezing.
We have a canoe tub that we put the dirty clothes in each morning with washing powder and water and lay it down on the ct or when we had the dual cab in the back and that would normaly be enough to wash them, just rinse when u reach the camp grounds or cp, doing this u will beable to cut down your clothes to enough for 3 days maybe?

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Follow Up By: Benno4 - Saturday, Feb 24, 2007 at 20:41

Saturday, Feb 24, 2007 at 20:41
Thanks for the advice! 3 or 4 days worth of clothes sounds good. We are camping all the way out and back. What is a canoe tub? . Will sleeping bags and a extra blanket and warm pjs be enough at night? Is it extra cold during the day as well.
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Follow Up By: mattie - Saturday, Feb 24, 2007 at 21:42

Saturday, Feb 24, 2007 at 21:42
we have found the days are quite pleasent with tracksuit and tee shirt but it will vary, a canoe tub is a 20-30 litre barrel with a screw lid if u half fill it the sloping motion while travelling does the washing.
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Follow Up By: Hairy - Sunday, Feb 25, 2007 at 02:51

Sunday, Feb 25, 2007 at 02:51
Pack your woolies for the rock that time of the year, it will probably be pretty cold at night! ( like ice on your swags!)
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Reply By: Graham & Lynne - Saturday, Feb 24, 2007 at 21:01

Saturday, Feb 24, 2007 at 21:01
we were there in April warm days but june/july days could be colddays
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Reply By: Mikee5 (QLD) - Sunday, Feb 25, 2007 at 09:59

Sunday, Feb 25, 2007 at 09:59
I guess you are from Brisbane so - what the others say about the cold at night is worth repeating. It is always a surprise to us how cold it gets away from coastal Qld. We had to wait for the ice on the tent to thaw one morning in the western McDonnells before we could pack it. We had -5 degrees sleeping bags plus pjs, trackies, socks and beanies on in bed and still felt the cold. Queenslanders have thin blood I guess!
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Reply By: lefty1 - Sunday, Feb 25, 2007 at 20:43

Sunday, Feb 25, 2007 at 20:43
SOrry, but you are going to have to take everything again - including the washing machine...................... go to www.bom.gov.au and it will give you an idea of the tempreture range you will be going through. From what I know of Brisbane June/July is coolish with nights still not too bad (cool to cold) .......... but as you get to Alice the days will be warmer - shorts/tees etc but the nights will be colder (track pants/ jumpers). Question - are you travelling off road ??? Dirtier !! - On the black top ??? Cleaner but need to be dressier - especially if you are stopping at tourists stops on the way.

I have a "washing machine" on the top of our vehicle - a large plastic round bucket with a screw top lid - and I wash in this as we go ................. put clothes in morning - at night take out, rinse and dry overnight if you can.

I have experienced frosts in Alice in late July - After wearing shorts all day !!
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Follow Up By: Benno4 - Sunday, Feb 25, 2007 at 22:10

Sunday, Feb 25, 2007 at 22:10
Thanks for replying. As this is our first BIG adventure all the advice we can get is great. We are plannning some off road stuff, and will be stopping at a few tourist stops along the way. We are beginning to get a CLEARER picture of how cold it must get, so we are planning to pack a few extra blankets and warm clothes. The bucket idea sounds great for washing, so will definately be looking out for a screw top bucket. Our next problem is sorting out a stone guard as we are towing a camper trailer and purchasing a roof cage as well as working out what kinds of food to pack??? Any Idea's?
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Reply By: lefty1 - Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 20:09

Monday, Feb 26, 2007 at 20:09
Well, don't we all love this one - plenty of easy answers ........ 1. Extra blankets take up space and can be heavy ......... if you are not pushed for water - take the hot water bottles !!

With the menu's - I do a lot of long distance / weeks trips and cut down my cooking gear to main meals as a 2 burner stove or campfire - using 1 saucepan OR frying pan AND/OR camp oven. If you give me your email address, I have a few menu's that you can adapt to your own use and lot's of tips on easy foods that pack lightly (unless you are vegetarian). Maureen.
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