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Trip Preparation 2 weeks to go

Trip Preparation 2 weeks to go

2 weeks and counting Our trip preparation is now almost complete and we are itching to take off to be honest. From camp lights to toilet cleaners, everything has been organized. We got our container to store everything in for 10 months and kids as always didn’t miss the opportunity to turn it into a playground. I decided to play MacGyver and installed Led lights on the truck with Dad’s help who ended up doing it all and I pretended to know what I was doing. You know you are in trouble when the mechanic hands you his card and says “call me anytime if you get stuck on your trip but I turn my phone off at night when I sleep” Most of the family recons we won’t make past Mudgee or will be back in a couple of months including the mechanic from the looks of it. Last of the items arrived this week including 12v shower pump, shovel, recovery tracks and NSW / SA National Park passes. I also bought chinese version of Go Pro considering Shoe String is the budget. Last item to pack is food which we started yesterday. I promise there is canned food under all the...

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Things to Take

Things to Take

One of the most time consuming things we have found so far is what are some of the things to take with us on our journey. This may sound simple but when you start factoring item’s weight and its effect on fuel consumption (which will be the most expensive part of the journey), where you will store it and how much you will actually use it, you soon realize that this will take some thinking and lot of patience. First thing we did was search on the web in a hope that someone will have that list for us which will give us a good starting point. Alas, we could not find such a list and so we took it upon ourselves to write each item and what it costed us so hopefully the next person searching for “The List” does not have to start from scratch. It is a costly affair writing this list as most bottle of wines we like are over $20 a bottle 🙂 We did a lot of research before buying anything to ensure we got the best deal possible. To give you an idea, I bought my roof rack which is 2mtr in length for $220 (as opposed to $450-$500) but I waited 3 months before buying it to ensure I got the best deal possible. Nothing was purchased full price, and I mean NOTHING. Most people will tell you to stay away from the big stores as they have big costs, however; they also have big buying power which sometimes mean “sales”. Reward cards are not just a gimmick and places like BCF Check out their sales have member’s only sales for up to 25% which means maps just got a whole lot cheaper. Please keep in mind, this is what we believe we will need. We are traveling with 4 kids (10yr old, 9 yr old, 7 yr old and a 4 yr old) and so each family or individual need may differ. Feel free to ask any questions about the list, pricing and where to buy them from. We will be happy to...

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Trip Preparation 4 weeks to go

Trip Preparation 4 weeks to go

4 weeks and counting Trip preparation with only 4 weeks to go is great fun. So much to do with so little time left and new “issues” coming up daily. Found a rattling noise in the engine which scared us both and then the mechanic fixed it for $20. Loving this change of luck. As my cousin put it last night, 15 years ago we would have thought $20 will fix it only to be charged $2500. House is a mess with boxes everywhere as we started packing this week. Installed a CB radio, Sat Nav, fire extinguisher and got the car serviced ready to go. Tested our 130ah deep cycle battery pack by running 80ltr fridge on it and the results were impressive. 50% battery utilization in 3.5 days. Now testing the solar panel to charge the battery – so far so good.Camping with Solar Power – Guide from Hema Started packing the trailer up to see how everything will fit and decided to leave the second annex at home to save space. It took some effort but the wheel lock is finally on (Thanks Dad). Most of the items that will not be used all year have been sold on ebay Items on sale and the rest being packed away. We completed kids school registration for distance learning as well as Oten registration for my Diploma in IT Project Management. Plan is to study for 2-3 hours every morning before starting our journey. Speaking of journey, last night we starting discussing (again) if we should go to Cape York between May & August which means cutting inland from Alice Springs to Cape York and back into Kimberley. We have not decided the whole trip and don’t intend to either as I am sure things will change along the way anyways. For the moment, the first 2 weeks have been planned which takes us to Coober Pedy via Oodnadatta track. A few things still left to do and 1 of the main items on our “to-do” list is to sell our second car as that will be our emergency money. Without it, our risk factor increases dramatically. Lets see how the next 4 weeks...

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