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PostSubject: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptyThu Feb 10, 2011 10:58 am

Thought this would be of help to anyone thinking planing on heading off on thier first trip me included.
What do you as a good starting kit to add to over the years? Assuming you already have a good vehicle to begin with scratching chin

Few things off top of my head in no order:
1st aid kit
Warning triangle
Reflective vest/coat per person in vehicle
Tools for vehicle repairs
Good Spare wheel and wheelbrace jack locking nut remover
Torch
Tin puncture repair?
Spare fuel,air filter
Tent
Sleeping bags / bedding
Fridge? Rent /buy do you really need a£700 engle?
Gps and maps
Water
Spare bulbs
Cooker gas or dual fuel type
Phone
Plates cups etc

Add or remove whatever else you think is needed and any recommendations of what to buy to start of on are welcome.

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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptyThu Feb 10, 2011 8:40 pm

Communication

Satellite phone or HF radio in this part of the world, essential in remote areas...standard mobile phones are next to useless outside the big towns & cities
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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptyThu Feb 10, 2011 8:55 pm

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Full of COMMON SENSE

One of the most vital items required


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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptyFri Feb 11, 2011 10:14 am

And try never to lose ...









































your sense of humour. Not easy when you enter day four at that border post! When feeling frustrated overseas just say to yourself, "Well, I may be hot and sweaty, but it sure beats freezing back in the UK!

Okay, maybe these thoughts don't apply to our friends over in Oz, so for you - you can think of those poor souls working on a factory production line somewhere doing the same monotonous task 10 hours a day, 8 days a week. There, bet you feel better already. cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptySat Feb 12, 2011 1:16 pm

Good insurance and medical cover
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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptySat Feb 12, 2011 6:27 pm

Beer (cold of course)

Oh, and cable ties

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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptySat Feb 19, 2011 8:59 pm

just a few items that are missing baby wipes they have so many uses overland/spade to dig you out of trouble and to make a WC/toilet roll to go with that WC you just created with the spade/ spare bulbs and fuses and wheel bearings and CV joints are always good/plenty of water so you don't smell or die/spare lubricants for your vehicle so it doesn't die although it will smell after a while of hot driving/relevant paper work passports green cards visas ferry tickets/ cash and cards but don't leave them with the wife or you will end up pushing your truck home full of bags and shoes / recovery equipment shackles and strops no not the kids throwing a tantrum the recovery kind /sand mats or waffle boards not the potato kind but they are great on a Barbie/ tyre inflator and deflator best buy quality you don't want a flat in the middle of err ware am I /maps and GPS so you have an idea ware you are/ cooking equipment and eating utensils stowed away with tea towels in-between so they don't rub when travelling and create big scratches and even holes ware the sand and grit has and will get in / a collapsible bowl to wash up you and your dishes/ tell some one ware you are planning to go and the planned route and keep in contact just in case something goes wrong they can then get assistance to you/ to finish off make sure your vehicle is adequately serviced before the trip and is in good order its a long way to push it home and most importantly enjoy the experience clinking teacups

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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptySat Feb 19, 2011 10:43 pm

we have a tips page on our website which maybe useful to some?
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PostSubject: Moring cup of tea   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptyWed Nov 30, 2011 1:06 am

A Kelly Kettle.

Fill it with water & fuel before you go to bed.

Have matches handy in the tent.

Wake up, reach out and light kettle

By the time you're dressed, there's boiling water for your first tea of the day.
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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptyWed Nov 30, 2011 4:09 am

johnfrombrum wrote:
A Kelly Kettle.

Fill it with water & fuel before you go to bed.

Have matches handy in the tent.

Wake up, reach out and light kettle

By the time you're dressed, there's boiling water for your first tea of the day.

Sound advice!

& Welcome to the Forum John! clinking teacups

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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptyWed Nov 30, 2011 6:14 am

johnfrombrum wrote:
A Kelly Kettle.

Fill it with water & fuel before you go to bed.

Have matches handy in the tent.

Wake up, reach out and light kettle

By the time you're dressed, there's boiling water for your first tea of the day.

Alternatively, go camping with your partner, wake up, kick her out of tent to make brekkie, have another 15 minutes of slumber, get up when magic words can be heard ... "Come and get it!" eating clapping






















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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptyWed Nov 30, 2011 6:16 am

Welcome from me too johnfromthattherebrum cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptyWed Nov 30, 2011 9:25 pm

Hi and welcome John. clinking teacups

Also plastic bags to take rubbish away if wild camping.

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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptyThu Dec 01, 2011 5:33 am

roamingman wrote:

Also plastic bags to take rubbish away if wild camping.
Hear hear!

Just thought of another essential item - RadWeld - it can really get you out of the smelly stuff. Especially handy if you've run out of eggs, although wouldn't recommend frying up RadWeld for brekkie! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptySat Dec 03, 2011 11:37 am

Might pay to carry a 50g pot of ground black pepper. Pour it in the radiator to stop any small leak. idea This is a first option, but depends on the size of the hole. If it doesn't work use plan B. scratching chin Of course if you carry a larger pot some of it could be used to season all those exotic meals prepared for you along the way! Just don't have too many! eating
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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptySat Dec 03, 2011 11:43 am

You serious? scratching chin

We all know of the egg trick - the whites only of course - but never black pepper. Heard everything now.

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PostSubject: Black pepper   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptyMon Dec 05, 2011 7:25 am

Have never tried it myself but have it on good authority from a truckie friend of mind who these days has a working MF museum and used it to effect in one of his tractors. He reckoned most if not all the drivers in the firm carried a pot of pepper in their trucks.

It also came up in conversation around the campfire a couple of weekends ago when mentioned by an experienced mechanic. Still no harm in using it as plan A. If you then try the egg the engine would probably work just out of pity for you, wondering what you were trying to feed it! doh eating
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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptyMon Dec 05, 2011 7:31 am

Hmmm, I'll take your idea with a pich of salt!

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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptyMon Dec 05, 2011 10:07 am

As well as an egg, also used coalmans mustead. clinking teacups
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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptyMon Dec 05, 2011 12:44 pm

You serious ... mustard? Don't see how how that would block a hole, even in powder form. Heard everything now. scratch

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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptyTue Dec 06, 2011 3:55 am

Complete madness. Surely it cant work....

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PostSubject: Black pepper   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptyTue Dec 06, 2011 8:28 am

With regard to the black pepper I have heard of its use from enough people to believe the folklore. Mind you I could have been taken for a ride. doh

It now comes down to who is brave enough to put a small puncture in a radiator then season it well. A believer or skeptic. As the hat said to Harry Potter. HMMMM..Difficult...Difficult. scratching chin

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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptyTue Dec 06, 2011 12:40 pm

If i take mustard i will use it to fill a hole in my stomach as i will be taking minced beef and shallots to make burgers to put the mustard on.
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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptyTue Dec 06, 2011 8:03 pm

Mustard was in liquied form, worked on the same princable as the white of an egg. It did work.
White of an egg and mustard are same consistency. clinking teacups
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PostSubject: Re: Basic kit for first time overland?   Basic kit for first time overland? EmptyWed Dec 07, 2011 7:35 am

Vicar wrote:
Might pay to carry a 50g pot of ground black pepper. Pour it in the radiator to stop any small leak. idea This is a first option, but depends on the size of the hole. If it doesn't work use plan B. scratching chin Of course if you carry a larger pot some of it could be used to season all those exotic meals prepared for you along the way! Just don't have too many! eating

The only vehicular use I know for black pepper is to put it on the windows to stop the co driver licking them Very Happy Very Happy

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