• Spare keys
  • Timing Belt
  • Engine Oil
  • Grease
  • Fuse Set
  • 2 spare wheels
  • 2 x inner tubes (heavy duty)
  • Head and tail light pack
  • Oil Filter
  • Fuel Filter
  • Air Filter
  • Glow plugs
  • Radiator sealant
  • Electrical wire, connectors
  • Epoxy glue
  • Accelerator Cable
  • Gaffer tape
  • Zip ties
  • Locktite
  • Hose ties
  • Electrical tape
  • Front and rear Shock Absorbers
  • Front and rear Springs
  • Brake pads

Puncture Repair Kit

  • Tyre Lever
  • Tyre pressure gauge
  • Tubeless repair kit
  • Air Compressor


  • Manual
  • Rags
  • Pliers with wire cutter
  • Allen keys
  • Sockets 8,10,12,13,14,17,19

Spanners 8,10,12,13,14,17,19

  • Mole grips
  • ½”  Torque Wrench
  • 3/8″ drive Ratchet
  • ½” drive Ratchet
  • Glow plug remover
  • Bit holder
  • Flat head screw driver
  • Cross head screwdriver
  • Junior hacksaw
  • Adjustable spanner
  • Duct Tape

Kitchen Set

  • Emergency food
  • Pots and Pans
  • KFS
  • Lighter
  • Gas stove
  • Stove spares
  • Small pocket knife
  • Gas canisters
  • Purification Tabs – Iodine and Chlorine
  • 0.5 Micron Water Filter

Documents (all photocopied / scanned and emailed to myself)

  • Notebook (Diary)
  • Pen
  • Passport photos x 40
  • Photocopies of visas and passport
  • US dollars, Sterling and Euros – including $400 emergency reserve
  • Travellers’ cheques and photocopy of numbers
  • Visa debit card
  • Credit card
  • Driver’s license
  • International Driving Permit
  • Passport
  • Local currency
  • Wallet
  • LP travel guide Africa
  • Insurance details
  • Ferry details
  • Vehicle ownership documents
  • Carnet
  • Cholera and Yellow Fever Certificates


  • Maps
  • Compass
  • GPS Unit
  • Map Holder

Camping Gear

  • Head torch
  • Foam Mat
  • 4 water jerry cans
  • 6 man tent
  • 2 season sleeping bag


  • Watch
  • Ear Plugs
  • Key lanyard
  • T. shirt x 7
  • Shorts x 2
  • Trousers x 2
  • Lightweight trousers x 1
  • Socks x 7
  • Trainers x 1
  • Walking Boots x 1
  • Peaked cap
  • Poncho
  • Buff
  • Gloves
  • Fleece
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Boxer shorts x 7
  • Spectacles x 2 (incl 1 spare)
  • Sunglasses
  • Jungle Hat
  • Knife
  • Machette
  • Saw


  • Mobile phone
  • Mobile phone charger
  • Universal adapter
  • Camera
  • Camera case
  • 3 x 4GB SD cards
  • 16 GB Flash USB drive
  • Camera battery charger
  • Camera to computer cable
  • AA batteries
  • AAA batteries

Wash Kit and Toiletries

  • Toilet paper
  • Razor
  • Small hand towel
  • Travel towel
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Wash bag
  • Soap and plastic container
  • Sun cream
  • Wet wipes

Medical Kit

  • Antiseptic cream
  • Zinc Oxide tape
  • Small stretch bandage
  • Anti-fungal cream
  • Gauze bandage
  • Ciprofloxin
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Elastoplast bandages
  • Syringe and needles
  • Steristrips
  • Pressure relief padding
  • Adhesive surgical dressing
  • small adhesive wound dressings
  • small dressing pads
  • Flucloxacilin (skin infections)
  • Ibuprofen 400mg
  • Thermometer
  • Doxycycline (malaria)
  • Loperamide 2mg (Imodium – stoppers)
  • Amoxycillin (antibiotic)
  • Trimethoprim (urine infections)
  • Piriton
  • Insect repellent

2 Responses to “Equipment”

  1. Hey guys, got a bit of time here so I hope you don’t mind me trawling through your site… Kit list looks good. Couple of bits of advice – it’s very easy to get things like oil, filters etc on the road. Depending on how tight space is, I wouldn’t bother taking them. They get more expensive after East Africa though… A litre of oil is essential, but I wouldn’t take more than that.

    We’ve ended up using a lot of electrical connectors – spades, rings etc. If you’re taking them, make sure you’ve got a crimper, as it saves so much time and makes a good connection every time. Also several metres of various gauges of electrical wire is worth having.

    Medicines: Once you’re in Africa, you can buy anything you need, including strong antibiotics, over the counter. Again it depends on what you’ve already managed to get, but it is easy to get anything here. Ciprofloxin is a very good all-rounder for serious stomach upsets (a given at some stage). Also make sure you’ve got DEET insect repellent, at least 50% – others aren’t so good.

    It’s worth getting some Bonjella or other oral pain killer – mouth ulcers can be a pain, are more common with a less well organised diet, and are a side effect of malarone (if anyone’s taking that).

    Are you taking a laptop? Without one, keeping the blog up to date will be a real task. Writing blog-posts in an internet cafe doesn’t work well – many of them will take 15 minutes to even load a single page, so having posts pre-prepared saves time.

    We got an unlocked Nokia for £6 in Phones 4 You, and buying SIM cards in each country is only a couple of quid. It means you don’t need to worry about it getting nicked, and means you can have a “communal” phone as you travel.

    Money: Hard currency is essential, but it’s very difficult, and not necessary, to have local currency before you get to a border. I’d take several hundred dollars, and then re-stock as you travel. Get large notes ($50 and $100), as you get a better exchange rate in banks – sometimes up to twice the rate. It’s worth knowing approximate exchange rates before you get to borders, as you’ll often have to use informal money changers. It’s perfectly ok to negotiate with them but you have to know where to start! I’d recommend looking up all the currencies before you leave home. Sudan has no ATMs – you’ll need dollars for your entire time there. Every other country has them, although you might struggle in Syria now (there was only one in January).

    GPS: I’d recommend trying to log the whole trip. What type are you taking? We’ve just got a simple tomtom, but have loaded it up with ttmaps with blue marble to give us global mapping and logging. Very low resolution, with no navigation, but it’s still immensely useful. If you have a choice, I’d recommend a Garmin hand-held.

    Hope some of that is useful!

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