The roadtrip packing list

Written by Sven Larsen  -  Updated on 2019-07-23

Whether long weekend or long-term travel, I have put together a comprehensive packing list. Everything you need for the next road trip in Campervan to be prepared for all adventures, weather conditions and emergencies.


The mutual visit of motorhomes heard at every Globetrotter meeting and on many camping places for dinner walk. I was often asked what I take to my Africa Travel. And does that fit into the little Landy?


For the Ro-Ro shipment to Africa I had already packed my Yeti pretty much. This is a quite detailed packing list, which I like to share with you.


I'm quite sure I will update this list after this trip!

Packing list: Camping - Kitchen

The entire kitchen equipment, except stove and spices is located in the storage compartment below the sink inside the Yeti with easy access. I'm using the Cago JV-02 gas stove for outside cooking, and if needed the build-in ORIGO A 100 alcohol stove from Dometic as a second source.

I also have a small Terra Hiker foldable camping gas burner for hiking tours or if the Cago gas stove failed.


I'm very happy with Engel 35 l fridge, it never let me down so far. I run it only in fridge mode and 35l are more then enough to keep beer, meat and cheese fresh.

Having easy access from inside or outside the Yeti is working great.

Camping table and chairs

After some shorter trips prior to the Africa trip it was clear that I need a decent table and chair for the next trips.

The table I'm using is the Camp4 Levi, it fits perfectly in between the roof rack and roof top tent and has a reasonable size for max. 4 person.

The first chair i bought was the FrontRunner Expander chair. It didn't take much room but wasn't really comfortable after a long day of driving and need for relax.

So after a extensive search, some sitting rehearse and talking to other Overland Bound members (Thanks Robert!), I decided to add the Oztent King Goanna Chair  to my equipment. Unfortunately he's a little bulky but an exceptional camp chair. He comes with lumbar support, strong construction and insulated drink holders.

I also added the Oztent Side Table  to the humble camp chair. This adjustable table gives me a surface to put my dinner on, read a book on or simply somewhere to rest my drink. 

Other kitchen utensils

  • Cast iron pan (Petromax)
  • Pots (Stanley & MSR)
  • Plates
  • Cutlery
  • Bowls (Petromax)
  • Cups and mugs
  • Stainless steel wine glasses
  • Kettle
  • Folding Bowl
  • Coffee grinder and French press

Packing list: Equipment

Satellite Communicator

The Garmin inReach Mini is a small, rugged, lightweight satellite communicator enables two-way text messaging via global Iridium satellite network. You can trigger an interactive SOS to the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center.

I can also track and share my location with friends and family on web-based MapShare portal.

Compare to Satellite phones it's in a comparably affordable price range and so it's the perfect solution for me on such a trip.


In addition to the buid-in 70ltr. fresh water tank with an inline filter system I mounted a 20ltr. jerrycan for additional water and to transport the water to fill up the main tank in case the distance to the water supply is to large. 

Air compressor

While the ARB CKMA12 air compressor is permantly mounted under the passanger seat to supply the air locker only,  I also have the T-Max air compressor (160Lpm) behind the driver seat as partable tyre inflator solution.

With minor modification it can also work vice versa.

Other equipment

  • Lashing straps
  • Recovery- and Snatch strap
  • Pulley
  • Shackles
  • Headlamp
  • Extension cable
  • Power adapter (ZA-EURO)
  • Compass
  • Separett Rescue Camping toilette

Packing list: Tools and spare parts

If something breaks down on the way or wants to be taken care of, I still have tools, spare parts and recovery tools with me. There are many lists on the internet with great compilations in various Overlander books.

Fiskars Ax

In Africa, charcoal is rare. BBQ is with hard wood. In southern Africa you can still get that in handy packages. From Zambia, long branches are sold on the roadside. My Fiskar ax will probably be often in use. It fits well in my hand and does not take up too much space.

Other tools & spare parts

  • Liquids (engine oil, coolant, power steering, transmission oil, brake fluid)
  • Replacement filter (diesel filter, oil filter, air filter)
  • Jack (Hi-Lift)
  • Seriuos hammer
  • Screwdrivers
  • Torque wrench
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Cordless screwdriver
  • Booster cables
  • Tool roll-bag
  • Extinguisher
  • Tire repair kit
  • First aid kit
  • 2 warning triangles (mandatory in Zambia and Zimbabwe)

Packing list: Sleeping

  • Cushion (1/2 standard size)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag ticking
  • Mosquito net (thent shape with zipper)

Packing list: Gadgets & Photo-Equipment


  • DSLR camera (NIKON)
  • Car charger for the Nikon DSLR
  • Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 zoom lens
  • Wide-angle lens
  • Sigma 24-70mm lens
  • Memory cards
  • Tripod
  • Camera back
  • MacBook Pro
  • Portable SSD (Samsung T3)
  • iPhone, iPad
  • Games

Packing list: Travel Pharamcy & Hygiene products

My recommendations on travel medicine. How to stay healthy while traveling: Which vaccinations do you need for which countries and what belongs in a first-aid kit?

  • Bug spray
  • 2 towels
  • 1 large bath towel for the beach
  • Suncream

Here the full and detailed list (Maybe a little bit too ectensive)


Travel pharmacy


Pharma Name (GER)  

Description / use case

Doxycyclin 200-1 A Pharam Tab Broad-spectrum antibiotic, Febrile respiratory infections, cholera
Cotrim forte ratiopharm Tab Febrile urinary tract infection, typhus
Wala Euphrasia Augentropfen Edp Eye inflammation
Iberogast Fluid Stomach discomfort
Paracetamol Ratio Tab Headache / toothache / fever / cold
Olynth 0.1% Nds Sniff
Voltaren Schmerzgel Gel Bruises / strains
ACC akut 600 Z Bta Cough
Imodium Akut Lingual Tab Diarrhea
Panthenol Ratio Wundbalsam Cre Burns / wounds / water bubbles
Dorithricin Halstabletten  Tab Sore throat
Otalgan Oht Earache
HydroCortison Acetat 0.5% Cre Insect bites / sunburn
Maaloxan 25mval Suspension Sus Heartburn / stomach upset
Visine Yxin ED Edp Eye inflammation
Buscopan Plus Sup Stomach cramps
Wick VapoRub Cre Relief from cough and cold
Malarone Tab Antimalarials

Malaria is a serious risk when traveling through Africa. For this reason you should be thoroughly aware of the possible precautionary measures for stays in malarial areas, from exposure prophylaxis and stand-by medication to chemoprophylaxis and, if so, which medication.

Having carefully considered, I have finally decided on chemoprophylaxis with Malarone. Knowing the side effects but I haven't had any problems with Malarone during the last Africa trips. 


As always I would like to point out that this is only my personal opinion as a traveler and expressly no medical advice. If you have questions, be sure to consult extensively with the tropical medicine.