Gear

We’ve already delved into the big things that we carry on/in the vehicle which is all posted in the Vehicle section. This will feature things like the important things and not so important things that we carry inside the vehicle.

Food: We carry quite a bit of food because we never know when we’ll have to stop and eat. Usually we have granola bars of some kind, peanut butter and bread, honey, coffee, rice, beans, spaghetti noodles and things like that. We tend to always keep some fresh fruit on hand. Dog food, wet and dry plus dental treats.

Spices: We love to cook and eat pretty healthy so we have a plethora of spices to choose from. I actually need to start dwindling these down. Obvi we use garlic powder, onion powder, mustard powder, cinnamon, dried basil and rosemary and Himalayan salt, then we have all of our asian spices; coconut, olive and sesame oils and rice vinegar.

Pots and pans: We use one cast iron skillet, and two backpacking pots.

Dishes/Utensils: Tons. we have silverware for all three of us, 3 plates, 3 bowls +2 for the dog, spatula, tongs, potato masher, collapsible strainer, cheese grater, steamer, paring knife, chef’s knife, meat thermometer, garlic press, manual juice squeezer, can opener, Klean Kanteen insulated coffee mugs, 22 oz insulated water bottles, stainless steel cups, steripen, scissors, 2 additional cutting boards, collapsible 2.5 gal. wash bin and a sharpening stone.

Shoes: We each have a pair of flip flops, exercise shoes and water shoes. These all get stored in the iKamper shoe storage bag.

Clothing: We each have 2 pairs of pants, three pairs of shorts, 7 shirts, 7 pairs of socks, 10 pairs of underwear. We each have a rain coat, extreme cold environment jacket and a light sweater. We each have a hat and at least one bathing suit or pair of board shorts.  Vanessa has additional exercise clothes, but all of our clothing fits into each of our duffel bags.

Toiletries: That’s obvious. What do you use to get clean? Shampoo, conditioner, body wash/soap, we like to use Dr. Bronners because we can also use that to wash dishes and is biodegradable when we’re showering outdoors. Toothpaste and brushes, face wash and toner. Sunscreen, nail clippers.

Bug spray: This is a must. Vanessa gets eaten alive. By literally everything. We keep H24 (I’m sure it’s super toxic, but it’s what’s available and works on literally every critter.) We keep mosquito rings and citronella spray or make a lavender spray.

Medicine: We keep zofran, dramamine, promethazine, a daytime cold syrup and night time cold syrup,  a contact thermometer, valium,  toradol, meloxicam, antibacterial spray, neosporin, gauze, tegaderm, compression wraps, antihistamines like benadryl and loratadine, coban wraps, sports tape and a bunch of different size band-aids.

Tools:

  • Viair air compressor
  • Tire patch kit
  • Screwdrivers, wrenches, sockets.
  • Batteries, AA, AAA, 9v, CR2022, C, D.
  • Energizer portable battery jump starter
  • voltmeter
  • engine scan device
  • tow straps
  • torque wrench
  • 2 extension cords
  • binoculars
  • machete
  • 2 multitools
  • pliers
  • shrink wrap
  • lighters, multiple
  • 6 headlamps
  • Luci light solar
  • dry lubricant
  • sewing kit/patch kits
  • paracord
  • hi-lift jack
  • come up winch 9500 lbs
  • shovel

Toys: Kaden has a small tub filled with whatever toys can fit in there. If it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t come.

Books: We use e-books to save space.

Electronics: Besides the obvious: we have a home office with portable, wireless printer.

School: Everything is online and we use the things around us as curriculum and online tutoring as necessary.

Communications: Phones, we usually trade out our sim cards in each country, but we use a US based skype phone number for all things 2 step verification ($50/year). When that doesn’t work, we rely on our family to send us codes that we have sent to their phones. Mint Mobile also has plans that you can purchase for $300 per year that will give you 3GB of data each month, rolls over to the next month. You can top up any time and you can also buy roaming credit. We use this also for 2 step verification for a US based phone number when the Skype number doesn’t work for authentication.

Wifi: Skyroam Solis X. Beware that if you subscribe to their “unlimited” plan it only comes with 20gb of data for the month at 4 g speeds, then throttles down to 3 g or 2 g depending on what the towers near you will run. It’s $99/month. We’ve found that it’s hit or miss, even though they claim that they are in over 180 countries, mostly their service is okay at best if you’re south of the USA and Western Europe. You’re better off getting a new sim card and using prepaid service charging 45 GB of data at 4 g speeds for $65/month or less.

Cell Booster: We have one in the car and it works great. We can get cell service in some really remote places with it. It actually helps boost the wifi signal to the Skyroam too.

Camping gear: Big agnes Big 6 camp chairs, Big agnes insulated Q core sleeping pads, big agnes down sleeping bags. Thermarest compressible foam pillows.

Misc: Cards, Uno, Dos, Skip bo, Jenga, frisbee, soccer ball, Snorkel gear, bear spray, winter beanies and gloves, dog toys and blankets.

That’s pretty much it, we pack a lot of stuff into this small space, but it’s pretty much everything we need and a few things that we just want and like to keep.