Heading off on a 4×4 trip for a weekend, week or longer we’ve got just the checklist so you know exactly what you will and won’t need.
Keep in mind that this 4×4 trip checklist is just a guide, it covers the majority of spares, tools and recovery gear that you might need when travelling through, and exploring remote regions of Australia.
While we have tried to be as comprehensive as possible, there will be more vehicle specific items that you may need, where others will not.
It’s also a guide, meaning that you don’t need to take everything that has been listed. This checklist may also help to jog your memory for something else that isn’t on this list.
Here at More Dirt Less Bitumen, we like to practice what we preach, so before we set off on our trip to the Canning Stock Route and Central Australia, we used a checklist very similar to this one. They definitely help!
Just remember, know how much your 4WD weighs and how much payload you have spare. The last thing you want to do is overload your 4×4 and cause more problems!
|Engine / Gearbox / Diff oil|
|Auto transmission oil|
|Power steering fluid|
|Fuel / Oil / Air filter|
|Radiator hoses (top and bottom)|
|Spare inline fuse holder|
|Fan / Drive belts|
|Spare wheels bearings (vehicle and trailer)|
|High-temp bearing grease|
|Spare wheel studs and nuts|
|Spare nuts, bolts and washers (various sizes)|
|Spare tyre (preferably two for remote locations)|
|Spare shocks/shock rubbers|
|WD40 or similar|
|Spare trailer plug|
|Spanners – Ring and open-ended (various sizes to suit)|
|Shifter (large and small)|
|Vehicle workshop manual|
|Tyre repair kit|
|Jack base plate|
|Wheel bearing socket (vehicle specific)|
|Phillips head screwdrivers (range of sizes)|
|Flat screwdrivers (range of sizes)|
|Battery drill and bits|
|Pliers – long and bullnose|
|Soldering Iron and solder|
RECOVERY / 4×4 GEAR
|Towbar recovery hitch|
|Rated bow shackles (various sizes to suit)|
|Winch and controller|
|Winch cable damper|
|Winch extension strap|
|Tree trunk protector|
|MaxTrax (or similar)|
|Chainsaw (plus fuel and oil)|
|Handheld UHF radio|
About the Author:
Hi, I’m Matt. I camp, four-wheel drive, explore the outdoors and get paid to take photos.
I’m happiest when I’m doing all four at once.
Occasionally, I’ll even tap out a couple of words on my keyboard.
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