What To Bring
While it may be tempting to try and pack for every eventuality it is always advisable to be ruthless with your packing and only bring things you know you will need on your overland tour. Don’t forget you can buy things along the way should you discover there is something you have forgotten, lost or just want! It is very important to note that we will experience a huge range of weather conditions ranging from hot and dry to wet, cold and windy, so versatile clothing is important to allow you to be comfortable every day.
The list below contains the things we know you will need, but each person has their own ideas so add things to this list as you like..
- A positive attitude
- Sleeping bag – 3 or 4 season
- Sleeping bag liner
- Camping mattress/roll mat
- Good hiking boots & socks
- Warm fleece or jumper
- Waterproof/windproof jacket
- Camera with charger
- Swimming costume
- Personal medication
- Swiss Army knife with corkscrew
- Copies of passport and travel insurance with phone numbers
- Music player, book to read, etc
- Passport – with at least a year before expiry and at least 15 clean pages (you’ll get at least 30 stamps on the long trip, probably more)
- Washing line/string
WHAT NOT TO BRING:
- Suitcases – they won’t fit into your baggage space
Sleeping bag and liner – A 3 season with a good fleece liner should be warm enough for most camping, with the liner preventing your bag from getting too grubby. And when the weather’s warm, you can use the liner alone for a cool night’s sleep.
Camping mattress/rollmat – we recommend a good self-inflating one, like a therm-a-rest. Thick ones are more comfy but can be bulky or heavy to hike with.
Hiking boots – not only useful for hiking,these are great for general outdoor life, keeping your feet warm and dry when camping,etc. Buy them a while before you come,and wear them for a while to get them worn-in and comfortable.
Fleece and jacket – this is a versatile combitation for keeping warm and dry in all weathers. Most people opt for Gore-Tex jackets which, whilst expensive are best for letting out your perspiration, but keeping out rain. Waterproof overtrousers can be useful, too.
Rucksack/holdall – one with top and front access is most convenient for everyday use,and padded shoulder straps and waistbelt if you intend to carry it very far, although most of the time you’ll only need to carry it to/from your hotel room. For this reason many people just have a large holdall, and then use a good-sized daysack for hiking.
Camera with charger – most people use digital these days, but good quality colour negative film (Kodak and Fuji) is still widely available everywhere. Make sure to bring a spare battery and memory card for digitals as you’ll probably be taking far more photos than you’re used to, and it’s most annoying to run out of power/memory just at the wrong time! Every town has photo shops capable of burning your images to CD once your cards are full. Make sure your charger is of the 100-240v type with an international adaptor as mains voltage and plug sockets vary from country to country.