Taking a backpacking tour through the Grampians and Great Ocean Road is an exciting prospect. You’re likely to see beautiful wildlife indigenous to this area such as wallabies and kangaroos. However, you need to be sure to be prepared if you want to be safe. Of course, if you’re taking a professionally guided tour, there isn’t a lot of danger to speak of, but you should be prepared for anything. Make sure to bring the items listed below so that you can be sure that you’ll be safe no matter what challenges lay ahead of you.
Although most people have gotten very comfortable with the maps that are available on their phones, if you’re visiting from another country it’s likely that your phone won’t work here. Even if you are local to this area, you can’t rely on your phone to provide mapping data. Bringing a paper or waterproof map is necessary to navigate yourself in case you get far off of the trail. You might also want to bring a dedicated GPS device that will be able to provide you with digital maps. In any case, you should certainly bring a magnetic compass so that your map will be useful if you get lost.
No backpacking trip should be made without proper illumination supplies. Many people have become accustomed to having their phones with them and rely on those phones to provide illumination when they need it. However, the LEDs on smartphones today are not great flashlights. These lights work when you need to illuminate a small area for a brief period of time, but for outdoor treks at night, you need a dedicated flashlight. It can be helpful to have a headlamp so that you can navigate without having to hold onto the light. You will want to be sure to bring extra batteries and a pouch to put these batteries in so that they don’t get wet.
While it’s unlikely that anyone will be severely hurt or injured on Adelaide to Melbourne backpacker tours, it’s always best to be prepared. Every group should have a first-aid kit that includes bandages, antibacterial ointment, tape, and pain relievers. If someone is hurt, these supplies will allow you to keep them healthy and comfortable until help can arrive. It’s also a great idea to carry some sun protection to prevent yourself from being burned since you’ll be spending a lot of time in the sun. You may also want to bring some Aloe Vera gel for burn relief in case sunburn does happen.
If there is ever a case where you somehow become stranded in the wilderness, you’re not going to want to be without fire. Fire can help you make water safe to drink, prepare a meal, and keep warm. Be sure to carry some matches or another way to create a fire. If you do bring matches, it may be a good idea to purchase ones that are waterproof.