Planning and Packing

10 MISTAKES YOU SHOULDN'T MAKE - May 2014

Learn from the mistakes of others.

The OTA Team has been travelling Outback for many years, in different vehicles and with varying camping arrangements. Here is a list of common mistakes novice 4WDers make.

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20 OUTBACK TRIP ESSENTIALS - August 2015

We don't go anywhere without this stuff.

The OTA gang lists 20 of the essential items they wouldn’t leave home without.

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ABSOLUTE BASICS - October 2015

Here's a guide to things every bush traveller needs to know.

We all learn as we go along, but there are some absolute basics you need to know before you venture out of your driveway.

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COMMUNICATIONS OPTIONS IN THE OUTBACK

Staying in touch has never been easier - May 2016

It’s much more relaxing in the Outback when you know that reliable contact with the outside world is only a button-push away.

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PLANNING 'THE BIG TRIP'

Research, research, research!

‘Do your homework, or you’re not going out’. That’s what your mum used to say and she was right.

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HEMA APP FOR IPAD AND IPHONE

Hema's app makes bush navigation a breeze - May 2015

Hema has long been the leader in mapping Australia for bush travellers and the company’s App for iPad and iPhone puts detailed outback map data in your lap or pocket.

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HEMA EXPLORER APP

Mapping just got a whole lot better, but there's a catch - May 2016

Hema's Explorer app combines Hema maps with 40,000 interactive points of interest (POI).

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PACKING FOR CAMPING

Don't Take Too Much Stuff!

Most first-timers take too much ‘stuff’ away with them, so every campsite is a potential drama scene, where piles of gear are unloaded and then have to be forced back in again.

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NAVIGATION MADE EASY

Navigation basics are easy to understand - April 2015

Knowing where you are at any time is vital for safe bush travel and today it’s easier than ever before to pinpoint your position with great accuracy.

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PRE-TRIP VEHICLE CHECKS

Many bush breakdowns are easily prevented.

Pre-trip checking could have prevented many breakdowns we’ve seen.

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SATELLITE PHONE

Sat phones aren't cheap, but you can hire - May 2016

We bought our satellite telephone years ago and wouldn't leave home without it; a couple of vehicle breakdowns and medical emergencies during our travels in Australia's Outback and the satellite telephone has more than paid for itself.

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UNDERSTANDING TOPOGRAPHIC MAPPING

The mysteries of topographic maps explained - January 2016

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USEFUL KNOTS

We always carry some rope with us and it's handy to know a few knots, so you can use the rope to maximum effect.

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VKS 737 HF RADIO NETWORK

HF might seem 'old technology' but it works very well - May 2016

Outback Travel Australia relies on the VKS737 network on all bush trips.

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