How you sort your stuff out when you pack is just as important as what you pack. We have done a variety of road trips and have realized that the key items are a great destination, good company, and the right music.
However, the way you pack your stuff is critical and impacts on the enjoyment. You fail if you can’t reach a snack or juice, even worse if you can’t get a camera to get “the” picture.
So to be organized nothing you need has to be buried amongst a bunch of stuff. The first thing you need to consider is your vehicle and the available storage space. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations for your laden mass and include the rated towing capacity if you are taking a trailer or caravan—you do not need to be caught and pulled over at a weigh-bridge en route to your final destination. So you need to factor in stuff that you may put on a roof-rack such as a tent or fuel and water.
If space is a problem, do not be afraid to use a roof rack or a tow bar mount for an extra box or bicycles. The trailer allows you to carry gear, a full kitchen, fridge, and even takes a tent. Cost savings here in terms of accommodation.
Water is critical, many trailers have water tanks which sit low down and do not disturb your center of gravity, remember we have always suggested that heavy items are packed low down. I should not even mention the availability of snacks and drinks, you should not have to stop and search for these.
Develop a menu when packing as well, simple items such as;
- Recovery equipment
The key is to have a place for everything and develop a packing routine, depending on the configuration of your vehicle, be it a bakkie with or without a canopy or a station wagon and whether you tow a caravan or trailer, everything should have a place and that should apply for every trip. Buy your stuff for the worst-case scenario, as you would hate to have to abandon a trailer, roof rack or roof box because it could not stand up to what Africa offers.