Tips And Tricks For Camping, Overlanding Or Roadtripping
Every trip has its unique challenges and it’s impossible to plan for every eventuality especially when space is of the essence. African roads are often bad, always take that into account.
Here are some of the things I learned on this trip.
2. When catering have a menu. Some frozen meals are a great convenience.
3. Only pack the ingredients you need
4. Measure portions accurately
5. Don’t pack for every eventuality, check the weather beforehand. If the days are warm and the evenings cold take warm pyjamas and cool day wear
6. Pack half the things you have selected.
7. Have a bucket with a secure, airtight lid and do laundry while you drive. (Like the old fashioned “sterri nappy” bucket) have a washing line and pegs.
8. Have a good supply of common cold and flu remedies e.g. hot toddy (ginger powder, brandy, honey, lemon juice, panado) keep ingredients as medicinal!
9. Take an antibiotic like Zithromax
10. Share duties with other folk in your party
11. A fridge can only take so much. Do not overstock it.
12. Glass, plastic and even paper have a short shelf life on bad roads
13. Pack everything securely
14. Storage boxes are great e.g. next to the bed for books, iPad, phone, spectacles
15. Storage bags for clothes (great when you’re travelling overseas too) e.g. for shirts, pants, underwear, cardigans, swimwear, socks etc.
16. Containers for everything that goes into the fridge e.g. butter, eggs, vegetables, fruit, sauces, condiments makes the fridge easy to clean if there should be spillages. Contain the mess. Round containers are a waste of space. Use square or rectangular.
17. Having a crisper for lettuce was really great as we had nice crispy leaves throughout our trip
18. Tomatoes, cucumbers, avocadoes rolled up individually in kitchen towel and stored in a large container where they can’t get squashed keeps them fresh and unblemished for weeks.
19. Bananas kept in the fridge work well. The skins darkened but the flesh was perfect.
20. Pack groceries into containers once again contain the mess e.g. rice, flour, condiments, if it can break or spill get it into a container.
21. Make portions and contain the ingredients together e.g. for bread – flour, yeast, salt, bi-carb, baking powder into one container measured so that you don’t cart around extra ingredients.
22. Make a detailed menu and stick to it e.g. Monday – Oxtail, peas, polenta. Add 2 potatoes.
23. Print the menu and keep it in a file
24. Make a list of groceries packed into storage boxes or drawers. Save time looking for things
25. Don’t take more snacks than you’re used to eating. You’re not going to run out of food nor will you starve. Stick to your normal eating habits.
26. Biscuits, rusks and chocolates – take only as many as you’re going to use e.g. 2 rusks per day x 10 days = 20 rusks not 5kg.
27. Hot water bottle – fill it at home and reuse the water
28. Anything that can be soaked in Jik is good.
30. If you’ve not used something packed for a previous trip get rid of it.
31. Make a list of the things you need and restock once home
32. Roller towel is a must. Keep in a container. Loo paper in a container too.
33. Light – weigh everything you have if it’s not light and maneuverable replace it. E.g. our director’s chairs weigh 2kg we’re able to take them everywhere with us.
34. Have a lightweight spade.
35. Get a re-chargeable fire lighter it’s amazing! ELECTRIC ARC CANDLE LIGHTER WITH LED TORCH – the perfect gift for a camper or for Dad.
36. I love my INSTAX camera – like an Instamatic camera I took a photograph every day and it was great to have a hard copy instead of everything on discs! They are expensive and the films aren’t cheap but its fun and a treat.
37. Take things to do: games, cards, knitting, crocheting, books- especially books relevant to the place you’re going to its fun finding facts and having them at hand. E.g. mammal book we could read all about the African Wild Dogs. Paw prints and Scatters also good as animals can be nocturnal and its fun to see what was about during the night. Don't pack the games you hate or never play. You won't play it on your trip either.
38. If you're able to identify animals tracks look out for cats on morning drives
39 BOOKS: Trees and bird books are a must as we try to identify birds and make a check list (we have the Robert’s Bird App and the Sasol Birds on our phones)
Maps are always useful in parks. Download the Apps
40. iOverlander is a great camping App
41. Set your Garmin GPS well in advance to lessen the stress levels. Trackss4Africa is excellent.