Simpson Desert - Easter 2014

G'day ladies and gents.

We are planning to do our first real big offroad trip this year over easter. We have at least 10 days for the trip and try to make the most out of it. Here's the thing. None of us is really experienced with this kind of trails and that worries me a bit. But then again that shouldn't hindering us doing something awesomely impressive.

Sooo, what do we need?

How much fuel, how much water?
Should we take a satellite phone?
Can we rely on our gps (TomTom, Google Maps) or should we take maps on paper by something like HEMA maps?
What kind of tools should we take with us (besides we have the best car mechanic among is I can wish for)?
Any places you guys would suggest us to stay?
We are taking our camera gear with us for photos and videos. What should should we not miss to capture?

We are approx. 4-5 cars (may be even more) and whoever feels goosebumps reading "Simpson Desert" should not hesitate to join us. Please please please give us your input :)

Date: 17th to 27th of April 2014
Sut700

Howdy! What cars are going and are u taking kids?
1mak OP

Well, we got two Pajeros, a Toyota Hilux Surf, a Nissan Patrol and a Jeep Wrangler TJ so far. There are two mates coming who's cars I haven't seen yet. :) Not sure about kids. How old are they? Could be a bit of a challenge sitting in the cars for such a long time.

List of cars:

http://www.downthunder.com.au/mates/AndianaJones/car/54
http://www.downthunder.com.au/mates/1mak/car/1
http://www.downthunder.com.au/mates/surffing/car/68
http://www.downthunder.com.au/mates/Jan87/car/53
http://www.downthunder.com.au/mates/bob-souby/car/65

Blazing

Sorry to revive an old thread, This looks great, How did the trip go and are there plans to do it again?
1mak OP

We had to postpone (not cancel!) this one but will have another go next year. This time with better cars, more prepared. :)
Blazing

Definitely sounds like something you want to be well prepared for. Have you guys used Trello for this sort of thing before?
We could start the planning at any time and lock in a date when everybody is available / can get time off, etc.

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