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10 Things We Will Like Having, We Think

Apr 17, 2015
by John
in: Gear

Reading all of the gear related posts on other blogs has inspired us to write one of our own. Not an essentials list, more of a pre-trip what we think we may like list. It will be fun to look back in a few months, or next year, to reevaluate our presumptions. In no particular order, here's what we think will make our life on the road a bit more enjoyable.

Good Cutlery

We just can't justify dragging a complete knife set around the Americas. Most of our culinary duties can be handled with two knives so that's where we decided to start. L.T. Wright Knives gifted us a Coyote skinning knife for paring duties and we bought their Genesis to handle everything else.

Guinea pigs better be watching out

Guinea pigs better be watching out


Hammock(s)

We picture ourselves napping on some beach or reading in some mountain jungle. No well-respected gringo would go lying about on the ground so we'll be dragging along a single and a double ENO hammock.

2 knives, 2 plates, 2 bowls AND 2 hammocks... selfish sum-bitches

2 knives, 2 plates, 2 bowls AND 2 hammocks... selfish sum-bitches

 

Ground Sheet/Beach Blanket (BINGO!)

For those times when we are not respectable gringos.

Hey. Hey. What's yo name?

Hey. Hey. What's yo name?

 

Games

Uno, Yahtzee, Rummikub, plain old decks of cards, and a Frisbee. It will be exciting times in camp. Keep your ears out for "come on 6s", "UNO, take two!" or "face".

In person games, ewwww

In person games, ewwww

 

Coffee Press

Yeah, we're "those" people. If our list was numerically ordered this would be numbers 1-5 so shut up about it.

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Griddle

We love breakfast food, so much so we have it for dinner sometimes. Other things can be cooked on it too but breakfast, yes please.

No caption needed, nuff said

No caption needed, nuff said

 

Smart Phone

We'll need all the help we can get. "Siri, what torque is required for our front shackle?" "Siri, find a picture of a front shackle!" "Siri, what's the thingy under the van near the front that's not the front shackle?" "Siri?....Siri?....Oh shit we're in trouble!"

Come help our sorry asses button(s)

Come help our sorry asses button(s)

 

MiFi with Amplifier and WiFi Extender

You know the entire world will be anxiously awaiting our next entry. Making sure we have enough money in our account for diesel might really be their usefulness.

Feeding our secret addiction to Instagram

Feeding our secret addiction to Instagram

 

Diesel Repair Manual

We're not going to hotdog or spitball it. Hopefully the Power Stroke manual will assist us and said Central American mechanic out. No need for concern that the manual covers truck engines and we have a van, it's just a guideline anyway.

It says the connector should be right there. No, don't hit it with a hammer

It says the connector should be right there. No, don't hit it with a hammer

 

Fly Swatters

Yup, we have two. You can take people out of the country but you'll be damned if you lay one finger on our insect dispatching devices. A bug zapper requires too much power so old school will have to do.

Now that's my kinda woman

Now that's my kinda woman

 

Joking aside, we have hobbled together gear from our days of owning campers and from what we kept when we sold our home. The things we didn't have that might prove to be essential we picked up over the past year. Some gaps were filled in by overlanders we have met. Sarah and Hani of Adventures in Skyhorse gave us some bear spray, bug repellant, SIM cards, etc. Brenton and Shannon of Ruined Adventures gave us several books, a cool cup, and shoulders to cry on...our budget isn't big enough to pack them in the van too.

Without a doubt, we have too much stuff crammed into the van. The amount of clothing and electronics we are taking is absurd. I somehow managed to squeeze in our Dyson hand vacuum, it kept our little house clean so the van should be a nonissue. We will be "gifting" things as we go once we get a handle on what we will really be using.

 


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Say what? (5)
Apr 20, 2015 at 02:51 PM
haha.. hadn't thought of a fly swatter but might be a great idea.. I see you did get it but I"d say sunscreen sunscreen sunscreen, bug repellent, and a sense of humor :)
Apr 20, 2015 at 03:30 PM
Thanks for a terrific list. The sense of humor will carry you far, keep it handy! We also suggest a whisk broom (buy in Mexico) and a rubber shower mat. They both help keep the van cleaner! Keep posting!
Apr 20, 2015 at 03:45 PM
Thanks guys! We have a whisk broom too, I'm a bit of a clean freak. We used a bath mat this weekend and it helped a lot, will look into a rubber one. One should never underestimate the value of sunscreen and bug spray, living in Florida we almost always have some.
Eric
Apr 21, 2015 at 06:43 AM
I love your simplicity. It's refreshing. We have way too much crap in our van! For the size, I would suggest a second ENO. We've got the double too, but to us they are more comfortable solo. Anyway, splitting hairs, or possibly couples. Sorry. Also, I loved my GSI coffee press but it gave out way early. The plastic broke in two places, handle first, then spout. I hope yours lasts! I'm still looking for a sturdier one. I recommend those single packets for mornings when you don't have time for otherwise, they sure are simple, though they aren't 'real' coffee.
Apr 21, 2015 at 08:03 AM
Thanks Eric! We have a single and a double ENO so we expect to be split up more than not, we picked up the double first and realized it could result in war. We were on the fence between the GSI and the Aero Press, both have been highly recommended. Hopefully the GSI will hold up. We do love coffee so if it comes down to it we'll suck it up and get something like a Frieling.
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