- Water filter - Hands down the best investment
- Multi-fuel stove - Efficient, don't need to fiddle with gas
- The COBB - Great for slow cooking, bulk food, BBQ, roasting & making pizzas!
- Vehicle Side Awning - Sun shade in tropics is essential
- Roberts SW Radio - Great for BBC World Service, news & African programmes
- Vehicle mounted side table - handy & space saving for cooking, esp. in rain
- Rear mounted tap - great for convenient washing of hands / kit / utensils
- Hennessy Hammocks - nice alternative place to sleep, lie down on hot days
- Caravan power hook up - power was available in a lot of places (eases battery drain)
- SPOT Messenger - Excellent for location tracking, keeping friends & family up to date
- Camp Kitchen table - odd shape, bulky (we gave it away)
- Roof rack bag - Initially good, but leaked and rotted in sun (metal roof box better)
- Thermarests - never used, lent them to people once
- Large rucksacks - bulky, took up space, used once, used shoulder bags
- Money belts - never carried wallet, not needed (carry cash that you need)
- DC / AC converter - ours was a cheap one (not Sine Wave) buy better one next time
- Two way radios - only useful if other people know how to use them & switch them on!
- Board games - packed too deep in locker, pain to get out
- Random tools - took too many and hardly used them
- Lots of adaptors - took too many attachments, mainly used British plugs on multi-gang
- Don't rush! - You are on a journey of a life time, so take time to "stop" - we still spent 1 year on the road and in some countries wished we had stayed for longer
- Realise that it takes time to adapt from "9-5 normal life" to 1 year on the road - it takes approx 6-8 weeks to get used to life on the road - its not a holiday ;-)
- Have improved storage in vehicle - we rushed our system / it self destructed!
- Sit inside / sleep in vehicle - It does get cold in Africa, good to be able to keep warm, get out of rain / damp. Its also nice to have some privacy sometimes.
- Have roof tent open over the rear - its 50:50 on this - you gain shade at back
- Make sure its easy to get to fridge !!
- Try not to pack things in too many boxes - they take up space. Lockers are better.
- Take Blue metal water jerry cans - The Black plastic ones leak
- Take a spare alternator - It was the one item we should have packed
- Might consider alternative Malaria prophylaxis (just take test kits / treatment)
Nick and Vick
Stonehenge to Cape Town 2010/11
48,361km in 366 days