What to bring to the outback/on a camping trip

This is the list I used for a 5D4N camping trip to the Australian outback. Bear in mind that I went in early September so it was rather warm during the day and cold at night.


  • Comfortable hiking outfits
  • Shorts during the day
  • Track pants for the night and to sleep in
  • Long sleeve thermal for the night
  • Beanie
  • Socks (for hiking & sleeping)
  • Hiking/walking shoes
  • Thongs/flip flops
  • Underwear
  • Swimmers during summer
  • Bra/sports bra (I find them more comfortable for long hikes)


  • Towel (get yourself a traveller’s towel- they save heaps of space and are super absorbent)
  • Shampoo/conditioner/body soap/facial wash
  • Hand sanitiser (you will get your hands dirty often and this comes in handy as there will be limited supply of water to wash your hands before eating)
  • Wet wipes (great for freshening up)
  • Sunblock
  • Moisturiser & lip balm (especially during winter, you can’t imagine how dry your skin gets)
  • Panty liners for girls

For survival

  • Sleeping bag/swag/tent
  • Torch (most camp sites will be really dark or pitch black after the sun goes down, so a torch is essential, just a small one will do. I got mine from Daiso for $2)
  • Water bottle (at least 1.5 litres, refill whenever you can)
  • Panadol and antihistamines
  • Chargers or spare batteries for phones and cameras (not all campsites have electricity)
  • Inflatable pillow (if you sleep way better with your head elevated like me, an inflatable pillow will do a huge difference and folds down as thin as a piece of paper. Again, available for $2 from Daiso)
  • Snacks (bring them on your hikes and enjoy them at a good spot)
  • Fly net during summer (there are many, many flies when it’s warm and if you are one that gets easily annoyed, bring a fly net)