Whenever I am heading out on an adventure, I always start by creating an overland checklist and then modify it with every adventure I am on. I have various lists. One for every kind of adventure. Backpacking, overland adventures, camping, travel. And my lists vary with items I have, and items I might invest in the future. However I always have one main list for overland adventures. The Overland Checklist, the one that I always aim at, and slowly I invest, purchase and upgrade items to better my experience when going overland. Below I will share the Overland Checklist. Some of the items will be a bit vague, such as tool kit. Just an important note, this article will be updated from time to time, as I learn more and experience this craft, I will update this so anyone that wants to use it or help update can do so. Also this may serve as an incentive, as it might show everyone that you do not need much to get started, however as most of you know and have passion for this, it is almost never enough.
My list is divided into ten categories. I will explain current setup and what in my mind is ideal too. These are as follows.
The general section would be the most obvious items.
Bedding – sleeping bag, inflatable mat
Various types of rope (can be used for various tasks)
Wood Stove if going to cold areas
This section is all about anything that has to do with the kitchen aspect of camping.
LPG Gas Tank
Multiple fire sources (Lighter, matches, waterproof matches, electric lighter)
Dry goods (Cans, pasta, nuts, coffee, anything that has a long shelf life)
Meat, milk, cheese and anything else that needs to be stored in a cool place depends highly on the fridge or cooler situation. I wish to buy a fridge, however it is not something I can invest in at the moment, but so far I have a cooler, fill it out with ice packs and a frozen 2 litre bottle of water, and it keeps cool for a few days, and I usually consume anything in the first couple of days and replace with frozen items from a supermarket along the way to keep the temperature cool. Or fill it out with ice flakes.
Folding Toilet although at the moment I have a chemical toilet, which is too bulky.
I know that an LPG water heater exists, so far I never needed it, and apart from expensive it looks quite bulky. But it could be an option for cold climates. I personally like a cold shower and if need be some water on the stove and sorted.
This area I am still a bit shaky on. At the moment I am pretty much running everything on cigarette lighters on my own vehicle. After some research I will be updating this section quite soon.
Infrastructure for Leisure Battery – as in USB ports, 12v sockets and inverter system
Everything that is required to the season and temperatures travelling in, and waterproofs(always just in case).
This is something very important
Tools – someday I will post something specific on tools in more detail
First Aid – well supplied
At the moment I work with Jerry Cans. Eventually I think I will upgrade to onboard fixed tanks around the vehicle. However I still work well with the Jerry Cans and some collapsible tanks. Reason for this being in a section on its own, since I always treat it as such. It is used for bathroom, kitchen, general purpose, and needs to be kept separate from everything else.
Offline Maps on mobile phone as backup
Printed Maps – you can never go wrong
What do you guys think? Any additions or adjustment you would make to the above?