January 1, 2016

What should I bring?

One soft duffle-type bag, weighing no more than 12kg, is the best luggage to have for overlanding. Hard case luggage takes up more than the space you have, and wheels will only get damaged.

Items to bring:

  • Warm jacket or thick polar fleece
  • Two pairs of long pants
  • One pair of rugged sandals
  • One pair of trainers and/or hiking boots
  • Two pairs of shorts/skirts
  • Sarong
  • Four t-shirts
  • Two long-sleeved tops
  • Swimming costume
  • Underwear and socks
  • Hat
  • Light rain coat
  • Toiletries, insect repellent and sun cream
  • Anti-malarials and other medications
  • Small first aid kit (see Health & Safety)
  • Water bottle
  • Torch
  • Washing powder (biodegradable), pegs and clothes line
  • Wet wipes
  • Day pack
  • Money belt
  • Lip balm

Extras to take if camping:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Mattress
  • A small pillow (if desired)
  • A small towel

Optional extras:

  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Universal charger adaptor

What should I leave behind?

Your watch, laptop, work mode and time-sensitivity! Your level of enjoyment will be directly related to your ability to relax, so plan to do this liberally!