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Things to Take

One of the most time consuming things we have found so far is what items should we take with us. This may sound simple but when you start factoring item's weight and its effect on fuel consumption (which will be the most expensive part of the journey), where you will store it and how much you will actually use it, you soon realize that this will take some thinking and lot of patience.

First thing we did was search on the web in a hope that someone will have that list for us which will give us a good starting point. Alas, we could not find such a list and so we took it upon ourselves to write each item and what it costed us so hopefully the next person searching for "The List" does not have to start from scratch. It is a costly affair writing this list as most bottle of wines we like are over $20 a bottle 🙂

We did a lot of research before buying anything to ensure we got the best deal possible. To give you an idea, I bought my roof rack which is 2mtr in length for $220 (as opposed to $450-$500) but I waited 3 months before buying it to ensure I got the best deal possible. Nothing was purchased full price, and I mean NOTHING. Most people will tell you to stay away from the big stores as they have big costs, however; they also have big buying power which sometimes mean "sales". Reward cards are not just a gimmick and places like BCF Check out their sales have member's only sales for up to 25% which means maps just got a whole lot cheaper.

Please keep in mind, this is what we believe we will need. We are traveling with 4 kids (10yr old, 9 yr old, 7 yr old and a 4 yr old) and so each family or individual need may differ. Feel free to ask any questions about the list, pricing and where to buy them from. We will be happy to help.

 

Things we already have (Thank God)

  • 4WD
  • Camper Trailer
  • Tyre Air Compressor
  • First aid kit
  • Jerrycans
  • Portable BBQ
  • 3 burner gas stove
  • Tool Box with essential tools (spanners, screwdrivers, duct tape, wd40, ratchet straps, super glue, jumper leads, fix your car guide)
  • 1 Queen size airbed with 12v compressor
  • Sleeping bags x 6
  • Portable toilet with cleaner
  • Popup ensuite tent for toilet
  • Camp shower
  • Generator
  • Tarp
  • Backup Single burner butane stove with 6 cartridges
  • Tent Battery powered fan
  • Led lights for tent
  • Pantry/kitchen cupboard
  • 80ltr Fridge/freezer
  • Camp chairs x 6
  • Fold-up table
  • Cutlery, pots/pans, plates for 6
  • Rubber floor mats
  • Backup 6 person tent
  • Extension cord and power board
  • 2 gas bottles with connections
  • Power Inverter 600 Watt
  • Camera with tripod
  • ipod with external speaker
  • Wet weather gear
  • Hiking boots
  • Diving/snorkeling gear
  • Projector with screen (For movies under the stars)
  • Laptop
  • 12v car vacuum
  • Kerosene lanterns x 4
  • School supplies
  • CB radio
  • Sat Nav
  • Camp dining table and 6 chairs
  • Shovel
  • Fire starters, and matches
  • Insect repellants
  • Reading books
  • Personal travel items (clothes, shoes, soap etc)
  • Kitchen supplies (washing liquid, sponges, glad wrap, foil etc)
  • Laundry supplies (powder, pegs, line etc)

Things we had to Buy

  • Roof Rack
  • Satellite Phone (Emergency)
  • Maps
  • Fly mesh hats
  • Camp Oven
  • 2 x 130AH Battery, box and 240v charger
  • Belts and Radiator hoses for the car (Self Service)
  • Oil & Air Filters (Self Service)
  • Radiator Stop Leak (Emergency)
  • Tyre Fix Inflator (Emergency)
  • Fishing Gear
  • Car charger for mobile phone
  • Fire Extinguisher (Emergency)
  • Premium Road side assist (Nationwide)
  • Water Bladder 100ltrs
  • Water purifying tablets
  • Tent Sealer Wax
  • Hydration Packs 6ltrs
  • Collapsible bucket/tub/strainer
  • Wheel Clamp for Trailer
  • 2 weeks food (non perishable items)
  • 80W solar charger for battery
  • Coleman on demand water heater
  • Swimming vest x 1 (For our little one)
  • Recovery Ramps
  • Wood (for 1st night)
  • Go Pro with accessories
  • SD memory cards x 4
  • Waterhose 10 mtrs

Carry every essential that you will NEED and not an item more.

1/3 of our budget will go towards fuel so it is imperative that you check each item's weight and decide if its better to buy it along the way or when you need it rather than carry it with you 

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  1. Good luck on your trip. We are planning for our trip next year so this will be very useful.

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