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What to do with items at end of trip, if flying out?

Unread postby MarcLA » Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:38 am

Hi there! Headed on a 2 week self drive in April as part of a continuing holiday. Have had almost everything answered, thanks to discussions on this board. But, curious what departing visitors using a car hire (rental car) do with leftover nonperishable items that were purchased upon arrival, like a cooler box (ice chest). None of the items will be able to follow me on the plane to the next destination.

Of course it can just be tossed but, seems like a lot of items would be wasted each week.

Thanks for all the information posted on this site that has helped me plan what's sure to be an amzing journey! - Marc

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Re: What to do with items at end of trip, if flying out?

Unread postby threedogs » Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:45 am

We stayed in Phalaborwa our last night and left our bits and pieces in our room with a letter for the cleaner explaining that she/he could take the items if they could be used, as well as a letter to management (so that management would know we had donated the items).
To our surprise the cooler box we bought actually squeezed into our large bag! LOL
If your last night is in the park I would ask the advice of camp management or do what we did and donate to the cleaner leaving appropriate notes.
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Re: What to do with items at end of trip, if flying out?

Unread postby PNF » Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:36 am

You could also speak to the Branch manager of the rental company when returning your car and ask him/her to distribute the items on your behalf to a charity or direct to a needy family. If they can't use them, the items can be sold for a small amount to buy food (hopefully!)
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Re: What to do with items at end of trip, if flying out?

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:46 am

We always leave food extras in the fridge or on a table for the cleaners. As for stuff like cooler boxes, my family are all in South Africa, so we leave it with them for future use. 8)

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Re: What to do with items at end of trip, if flying out?

Unread postby Sheenaugh-Lee » Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:55 am

Make a friend and leave it with them till your next trip cos once youve been here your GUARANTEED to return ;) lol
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Re: What to do with items at end of trip, if flying out?

Unread postby yoda » Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:46 am

I usually leave the food that I am not going to take with in the fridge at the last camp we are at. I try and find a member of staff and tell them that they must please help themself to it.

Non-perishable items get taken back and left at my sister's place.

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Re: What to do with items at end of trip, if flying out?

Unread postby kite » Thu Jan 24, 2013 11:08 am

If you can get to a Pick n Pay supermarket ( at most major shopping centres) they sell very efficient tin foil lined soft cooler bags at their till points for about R15. ( re usable but semi disposable as lining eventally parts from seams)

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Re: What to do with items at end of trip, if flying out?

Unread postby topgunhorse » Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:48 pm

The cool bags are great. We froze bottles of water in the freezer every night and put them in the bag during the day while we were in transit between camps.
We had bought some cheap plastic cups, bottle opener etc at Malelane super spar en-route to Kruger. These we left in camp with a note when we left. I think we left some wood and fire lighters in the braai area for the next residents.
I think the note is a must, as you don't want staff under suspicion, by their superiors, of taking things.
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Re: What to do with items at end of trip, if flying out?

Unread postby johanrebel » Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:02 pm

I leave my stuff in a couple of bags at Pafuri Camp. Wouldn't be surprised if they are well on their way to the Indian Ocean by now!

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Re: What to do with items at end of trip, if flying out?

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:06 pm

Here's an opportunity for a forumite living close to OT airport.

An idea would be to pick up those reusable items, like cool box, kettle etc and make them available for other overseas forumites to use on their trips.
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Re: What to do with items at end of trip, if flying out?

Unread postby chirinda » Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:42 pm

Stuff that you overseas folk might toss will be usable and probably saleable too, by rural folk who don't have very much. I'm sure most stuff you cannot take home will be welcomed by staff wherever you are staying.

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Re: What to do with items at end of trip, if flying out?

Unread postby Shutterbug » Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:20 am

Every year we buy coolers, cutlery, BBQ tools, condiments, tons of food and a bunch of other stuff and every year we leave it to the cleaners, they are super appreciative and if there's something they don't need they will have friends that would love to snap it up.

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Re: What to do with items at end of trip, if flying out?

Unread postby weesy » Fri Jan 25, 2013 5:59 am

Totally agree with all the above.

BB what a fabulous idea, tho collection may be a slight problem, still a great idea to play with. :clap: :clap:

Otherwise leave it all, with a note, to the cleaners. These guys dont get paid much and are alwasy so unbeleivably appreciative. They do such a wonderfull job, with smiling happy faces, in making our holidays such a time of enjoyment. Nothing is ever too much for them. In fact we often leave the remainder of our budgeted finances, not used, with them, i know not much and feel they deserve so much more.... Good luck and happy travels.. :D

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Re: What to do with items at end of trip, if flying out?

Unread postby ecojunkie » Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:41 am

Bush Baptist wrote:Here's an opportunity for a forumite living close to OT airport.

An idea would be to pick up those reusable items, like cool box, kettle etc and make them available for other overseas forumites to use on their trips.


This idea has been raised a few times......but has never taken off (pun intended!)

I am happy to take care of things dropped off at Malelane if anyone leaves from here. Just leaving things at the gate marked 'for Jenni' would be sufficient, and you can pm me with any other information if wanted. If I do get things I will start a thread with a list of items available.
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Re: What to do with items at end of trip, if flying out?

Unread postby kite » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:14 am

Wow, that would be awesome for the more permanent, larger items which can turn a good trip into an awesome one. Maybe even camping chairs, those trays on legs etc. although it may soon become quite a task to manage it.
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