An Outback Trip Gone Awry!!

Well I have had an interesting weekend. Got a call from my daughter her son and his mates had problems with a trip in the outback and needed help.  Eventually after sifting through my daughter slightly hysterical and theatrical account I found out what was happening. I love my daughter to bits but I she is so unlike me and organisation is not her strong suit and neither does it appear to be my grandsons or his mates.

Problems:

Car broken down not enough money to repair.

Not enough gear for the camping trip – basically the tent not big enough!! Really! So they had stayed in a BB and now short of money. This is only the second day of a 2 week trip.

So needed to get some money to them quickly and none of the idiots had a credit card with them.Can you believe not one of the four lads had taken a credit card –  it was to prevent them going over their budget they said. I am going to have a long overdue talk with my grandson on sensible management when he gets back.

 

Outback junk, from a trip gone very wrong?
This could be you!!

 

 

 

My suggestions:

  • Leave them to sort it out for themselves ( she rejected this idea)
  • Talk to parents of other lads to raise the money. Could only contact 2 as the others were away on a trip.
  • Take out a loan ( which he and his mates will have to pay the installments to pay her back)

After chatting to the parents she could contact they decided a loan was a quick and easy solution and one of the parents was a relative to the other two and said she was sure they would agree to cover the amounts if the boys couldn’t. I suggested she go to a company I have used before, Ferratum for an online cash loans as I know this is one of their products. Then to send it to the lads via Western Union.

Given the above I thought it might be useful to highlight some general tips to consider before an Outback trip:

  • Have you vehicle checked over by reliable mechanic.
  • Carry spares
  • Take at least one credit card or prepaid card for emergency back up.
  • Insure the trip – even if self organised or especially because it is!
  • Check all your equipment – especially if said equipments has been an a mates garage for a couple of years unused!!!
  • Do have a chat with someone with experiences before you set off to potentially dangerous areas.
  • If going with a group ensure someone not going has a list of contact numbers.
  • Take a First Aid kit – no matter how tough you think you are a cut get infected quickly and can become a problem.

Found an excellent blog with some good insight into planning an outback trip, go take a look. I think I will put a post together for next time with some suggestions for what equipment should be taken on a outback camping trip, a ‘To Do List” I thought – do you think it would be useful, and anyones experiences and feedback would be great?