Your supervisor will brief you on how to work safely but remote locations can be challenging and, at times, uncomfortable. They may not have ample water or electricity and some reserves are subject to temperature extremes. You may find yourself with powdered milk and bruised fruit, without some of the entertainment you're used to. Entertainment tends to revolve instead around stargazing, sharing meals and conversation with other volunteers, comparing notes, card games, early nights, or catching up on reading.
Remote locations are many hours from medical care. If you have a significant medical condition, carefully consider your health before deciding to go.
When driving to remote places, you can expect extreme weather conditions, challenging terrain, and isolation from services. You should prepare well, be well-provisioned and equipped to cope with unexpected delays or emergencies. Planning can help to avoid hassles or potentially life-threatening situations.
Ensure you have a roadworthy vehicle, two spare tyres, good maps, first aid supplies, extra food, extra water, extra fuel, appropriate communications equipment, vehicle maintenance and recovery equipment, and an emergency plan. Few of our reserves get standard mobile network coverage, so check with your provider for coverage and hire a satellite phone if you don't have guaranteed coverage.
When driving to a remote area:
- Plan your route and notify a third-party of your expected arrival time.
- Check road conditions before you start travelling.
- Avoid travelling in extreme heat.
- Stay with your vehicle if it breaks down.
- Drive slowly on unsealed, dusty or narrow roads and always check road conditions before turning off major roads.