Posts of kitting our Travel Africa overland vehicle started Our African Retirement Estate on Wheels, then Land Rover TD5 Right Vehicle? followed by 5 Essential Vehicle Modifications and now Cool Gear.
Storing and Preparing Food
Hooray, if you travel Africa you won’t have to forage or survive on crackers and tuna fish! Depending on locality and the right storage options, you can pretty much eat normally. It’s amazing at the creative ideas people have come up with to satisfy needs in small spaces.
Our setup includes an incredible 90Lt fridge, side wing window shelves for cooking/cleaning/recovery/camping paraphernalia, Landy items, and drawers for food, clothes, and maintenance stuff.
There are also places for large and small propane stoves, two collapsible tables for the dirty work and putting our feet up, and bags for all the rest; blankets, ground tent, chairs, rain gear, towels, air mattress, and “massive” amounts of electronic equipment.
If you’re good at puzzles, the only restriction we found is; fresh fruits and vegetables only last days not weeks like the rest. Lasting 2 weeks is possible but tasteless by the end.
Some hardcore OVERLANDERS cook on the traditional 3 legged potjie (small round cast iron pot) turning out amazing meals complete with bread and desserts over the fire. Guess we are too lazy but it looks fun and is very tasty. Check into it.
This was a new word for me. Basically, it includes all your personal hygiene stuff; toilet, shower, wash sink, and laundry.
It is necessary to bring a shovel, clothes line and wash tubs but most public campsites even in the remote Kalahari Desert and Okavango Delta include ablutions complete with basic facilities even hot water often heated by wood or solar.
The bummer is we’ve washed our clothes almost always by hand, luckily not on a rock. But it’s not be a deal breaker. In most places the locals will do it for you for a bit of money… rarely on a rock.
Getting Unstuck – Recovery Gear
Most stuck situations only require the drastic lowering tire pressure and reversing out of your trouble. There are times, however,when y
our vehicle is truly not going to move without help.
First you need an on-board air compressor to get the tires right for each condition. Recovery straps work best when stuck if you can scrounge up a another vehicle, otherwise the basic high lift jack, shovel, and ax are the main stays of digging yourself out.
A winch works wonders too if it has enough oomph, you are not too deep, and can find an appropriate attach point.
Please please please; With flying parts and falling vehicles there are more real hazards in recovering your vehicle than dancing with elephants and lions. Suck in your pride and get training for using this equipment properly and the methods of getting yourself out.
Tools and Stuff
Since I am not an extreme mechanic I only pack the basic stuff for breakdowns; tire patch & plug kit (thorns are wicked here), hoses, belts, water pump, pressure cap, enough oils and other fluids, bulbs, fuses, tie wire, splints, e-ties, and tape of all kinds. Monster tape is the best; like duct tape on steroids. And Prattley Putty plugged a big hole in our differential in the Kalahari.
Somehow I also got talked into the fancy LR in-tank fuel pump for $400. But if I hadn’t shelled out the cash it would have been the first thing to go, right?
Tools are basic hammers, spanners and socket sets, drivers, cheaters and an all important lug key for my shiny spare wheel.
We are kitted well to travel Africa feeling confident going deep into the bush with most of the comforts of home and eventually come out again happy.