As an increasing number of areas in regional New South Wales (NSW) emerge from lockdown this September, the opportunities for interstate travel become a real possibility. Caravan parks and camping grounds are beginning to open across the region, and it’s just a matter of time before other areas begin to benefit from eased restrictions.

With eased restrictions comes the possibility of freedom and travel. So, now’s the time to plan that camping adventure you and the family have always talked about. Here are five things you should include on your 4×4 checklist.



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1. Lighting

If you’re touring, you’ll need to bring your own lighting for when you set up in areas with minimal light pollution. This stops you from relying on your campfire as a light fixture, which can pose significant risks if left unattended. Similarly, some campsites don’t permit the use of campfires in certain areas.

We recommend that you carry LED torches, lanterns, head strap lamps, and spare batteries when it comes to your lighting. You can never be overprepared!

2. Cooking Equipment

Touring adventures can sometimes land you in the middle of nowhere. In these instances, it’s important that you can sustain yourself. There are several cooking equipment items you should consider bringing, such as:

  • Water purification tablets
  • A pot or a pan
  • Basic tableware and cutlery
  • Portable burner gas stove
  • Spare gas canisters

3. Recovery Tools

In the event that your 4×4 experiences a breakdown or other problems whilst on the road, it’s best that you come prepared for the worst. By pre-empting problems, you can ensure that you bring the right equipment and continue on your journey as planned. When going camping or touring, electrical winches, spare tyres, snorkels, and shovels are all must-have items.

4. First aid kit

Exploring all that Australia has to offer can be exciting, but keep in mind that you can encounter anything in the wilderness. Make sure that you take a full-stocked first aid kit that includes items such as bandages, insect repellent, disinfectant, and a snake bit kit. Also remember to take any medications and basic first-aid items, including instant hot and cold ice packs, plasters, and sunscreen.

5. Tent and awnings

These are perhaps the most important items on the checklist, as there’s nothing worse than spending all day on the road to then discover you haven’t accommodated for sleeping arrangements. This may not be necessary if you’re travelling in a caravan or RV, but it’s essential when camping in traditional fashion.

Since tents come in all shapes and sizes, we recommend opting for ones that are compact and easy to set up. This is especially the case if you’re going to be constantly on the move. Before choosing your tent, note down how many people need to fit inside and ensure that you only consider waterproof options. Although rain is minimal in NSW, you can never be too careful. Awnings are quick and easy to install on to your 4×4 and can provide optimal shade whilst stopping off.

Are you a resident in Morisset or surrounding areas in the city of Lake Macquarie? Start planning your next 4×4 adventure now with Southlakes 4×4. We have numerous 4×4 accessories, including winches and lighting equipment, that can help you on your way. Call 02 4973 6009 for more information.