- 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
What were the top 10 least useful items you took?
- 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
What were the top 10 things you would do differently next time?
- 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 & Vicki
Stonehenge to Cape Town 2010/11