One lesson that our trip to Africa taught us is that we can get by with a lot less in the way of tools and spares. The stuff we brought definitely saved our skin a few times, but we would have survived with out it. That said, we will still be bringing an assortment of bolts in the event a wheel falls off our car... again.
Pictured to the right is the side storage compartment in our 4Runner. It is small, but it fits a surprising amount of stuff.…Continue
Added by kobus mans on October 24, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments
We have a lot of random small gear, some of it goes into a bin that we've named the "Extras Bin", formerly the "Spares Bin". And some of it lives in random places in the vehicle; behind a seat, and in the glove box or center console. Most of it is either electronics or guide books and maps.
Our main goal with packing and storage is to be as flexible as possible while still…Continue
Added by kobus mans on October 21, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments
Continuing our series of gear list articles for our upcoming road trip to South America, I give you our toiletries bin and first aid kit. Exciting stuff. As our packing strategy has evolved over the past few months, this box has become a place for everything that doesn't fit anywhere else. All of this gear is communal, we each keep our personal toiletries in separate bags. At least that's the plan for now...we'll see how it goes.…Continue
Added by kobus mans on October 19, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments
Part one of our series of packing list articles covering all things food related. From camp kitchen gear to food storage and cleanup. Below are lists and links to the products that we'll be schlepping across 13 countries for the next fifteen months.
For the most part we'll be living out of seven plastic bins so space is obviously a problem. Justifying, researching and buying each piece of gear has taken us a very…Continue
Added by kobus mans on October 17, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Wrapping up loose ends. That's been our story for the past month. The list on the wall seems to grow every day. I cross something off and Jessica adds four new things for us to do. It's a to-do list, in wallpaper form.A couple weeks ago Kobus and I got around to putting the finishing touches on Blue. We found a place for the wireless router and 3G dongle, added a power adapter to our inverter, mounted a fire extinguisher, ran a USB plug to the back seat, and installed the new… Continue
Added by kobus mans on October 10, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments
As many as 50% of all international travelers get diarrhea. Dysentery. The runs. The skids. The squirts. The squiggles. The mung. Flux. Smooth moves. Loose bowels. Loose stools. Code brown. Backdoor trots. Poo sweats. Aztec two-step. And let’s not forget: Montezuma’s revenge.
It doesn’t matter what you call it. Life sucks when you’ve got the shits.
And you’ve got a 50% chance of getting them, so hold on tight. This topic is split into two sections. This article is…
Added by kobus mans on October 3, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments