What To Pack On Your Outback Adventure

What To Pack On Your Outback Adventure

This iconic Ayers Rock also known as Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is a sacred site to the Pitjantjatjara Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the area. Uluru is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We understand why climbing Uluru is now prohibited for cultural respect.

Before knowing what to pack for your Outback Trip to Uluru, you need to be familiar with the weather in the Australian outback. We advise you to check the Bureau of Meteorology for your wishing month trip.

The temperature in the Australian outback is very extreme. During winter between May and September, it gets hot during the day and then drops below 0°C at night. Our advice is: be like an onion! Pack layers either for summer or winter.

  • Walking shoes

Inexperienced travelers will tell you thongs (flip flops) are ok but BE WARNED: Three-Corner Jacks/Cat’s Eyes will pierce flip flops and go straight into your skin. We recommend you to favor a good pair of hiking shoes.

No hiking shoes? Choose a comfortable pair of sneakers instead.

Tip: If there's one place you want to wear flip flops in the outback it’s definitely the shared shower, hygiene first!

  • Water bottle

Be mindful, Central Australia is not the best spot for recycling and you don’t want to leave a plastic bottle in the beautiful landscape of the Red Center. Think reusable! We highly recommend you to bring your own reusable water bottle. You don’t own one yet? Guys, IT IS TIME, let’s head to Todd Mall and do some shopping, good lord!

No worries, you will be able to refill your bottle at the entry of National parks and roadhouse on your way. If you travel with a tour you’ll find an esky full of water waiting for you in the bus.


  • Binoculars

Let’s get zoomed in on wildlife!

  • Sunglasses

Sun rays can be really strong in the Outback and it can damage your vision, wear sunnies!

  • Energy snacks

Don’t let your energy get down. We all agree snacks are life but healthy snacks please.

  • A fly net

Especially during summer. Must-Have In Outback Fashion! Trust our advice and thank us later.

  • Clothes

Warm layers (for cold nights and early sunrises). Activewear such as leggings, shorts, hiking pants. One Word : Be comfortable.

  • Gloves (during winter)

Nothing is more annoying than frozen fingers

  • Broad-brimmed hat

We can never say it enough, protect your skin and head from the sun.

Swimming suit and towel

For summer time and camping showers.

  • Zip-off hiking pants

Aesthetically questionable but practical. Fashion-week ready: Combo zip-off hiking pants - fly net, just beautiful.

  • Tracksuit pants

Especially during winter to face the cool nights under the stars.

  • T-shirts plus one long-sleeved t-shirt

For the evenings during winter.

  • A fleece jacket. During Winter

A long-sleeved thermal if you’re doing a lot of camping.

Think smart clothing. If you don’t have any, head to Lone Dingo on Todd Mall and find a good selection of thermal clothes. Leave the down jacket at home it will save you space in your backpack.

  • Toiletries and medicines

Insect repellant

Especially during summer or spring.

Sunscreen SPF 50

Once again, DO NOT come to the outback without sunscreen, even in winter. Protect your skin.


For allergy relief

First aid kit

A must-have

Baby wipes for “bush shower”– take a BIG pack.

We recommend baby wipes for its fast and practical side but be mindful that it is not an eco-friendly solution at all. Remember that a face cloth and some soapy water do the trick just fine. There is no good excuse, just good organization.

Moisturiser and lip balm

Nobody likes chapped lips.


Sleeping bag

Highly recommended for your camps night and if you sleep in a swag (Australian ultimate camping accessories which allows you to see the stars at night.)

Tip: if you have an organized tour, the swag will be provided. Concerning the sleeping bag: bring your own or you’ll have the possibility to hire one with the Tour company.


Must-have for your evenings around the fire and conversation until the end of the night.

Head torch

Pee spot helper out bush since 1897! (and many other uses)

Phone / Camera

To capture your fondest memories. We can get a little bit overwhelmed by technology these days, remember to take pictures with your eyes and be in the present moment, fully appreciate the trip of a lifetime in the Australian red desert. Don’t get me wrong, I love taking pictures but don’t experience your whole trip through a screen.

Chargers and cables

To fill up the battery

Portable power bank

A must-have out bush and everywhere else during your trip. Choose a quality power bank that can charge multiple times different devices

Australian electrical adaptor

Consider getting a small adaptor, it will stay in place on the outlet easily and take less space.

Tip: sleeping in Hostels? Just saying, Jump Inn got plenty of electrical outlets but not all the hostels around Australia do. Acquire a power strip can be helpful and will establish a good understanding between you and other people in the room. Nothing more annoying to come back in your room and find that someone just unplug your phone charger without problem.

Jetboil stove

An essential to cook on the go.

We hope now you know what to bring for a hike/tour! Do not hesitate to leave us a comment below if you think of some necessary gear.

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