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Unread postby Foxy » Sat Jul 21, 2007 9:10 pm

DB - especially for you to put on your braai .... when the fire is cool ..

Make a slit through banana skin and banana - about half the length of the banana.
Push a few squares of chocolate in the slit (preferably top deck)
Allow to cook until banana skin starts to darken and chocolate begins to melt
Serve with plenty of amarula poured over.

DO not eat the banana skin, only the pulp :)

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Unread postby katydownunder » Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:12 pm

Vosonic x-drive
Headlamp
Leatherman
Enamel Mugs ( they already travelled thousands of km's with us)
a journal to keep a diary (for report and ourselves)
salt shaker for breakfast eggs, tomatoes and others
Clothesline ( if travelling more than 2 weeks, we do not want to carry too much spare clothes)
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Beanbag
for nibbles we prefer: seed brittles, Macadamia Nuts and rice crackers
sweetener for the instant espresso after dinner

I think there is a lot more, but I have to make up my mind what I forgot :redface: :lol:
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Unread postby MATTHYS » Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:18 pm

Hi KDU :D ,
Saw a bean bag mentioned in another thread too today.
What is the bean bag for ?
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Unread postby katydownunder » Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:31 pm

Hi Matthys !
The beanbag can be of use while taking photographs from a car etc.
It stabilised especially larger, heavier lenses, so the pics are not blurred.
You can put it into the window and rest the lens on it while taking a photo.
I made mine myself from an old cotton shopping bag.
There is a zipper sewn into the side of it. And after arriving in South Africa I fill it with nearly 2 kg of rice to give it the needed stabilisation.Simple but very effective.
Maybe I can send you a pic of mine tomorrow.
You can fill it with either, rice, beans, dried peas, seeds etc.
A beanbag can be bought ready made or you can make your own ( which is usually much cheaper).
Different Bean Bags are already discussed here
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Unread postby arks » Sun Jul 22, 2007 1:06 am

The basics have been pretty well covered, but a couple of things that I take:

my own coffee-making gear, which consists of a large thermal mug that doubles as the coffee pot and a Melita filter cone, plus the filters, plus I also take a coffee mug as I don't like those tiny SANParks coffee/tea cups :(

And in addition to the camera(s), batteries, chargers, and storage device — mine's a Vosonic X-drive — I also have several CD and SD cards for the still camera and MANY videotapes for the video camera. Last time I ran short of videotapes and had to make a trip into Phalaborwa to get more as all the park shops I'd tried were out of stock :(

Other essentials include moisturiser and lip gloss/moisturiser, a multiplug powerstrip that allows me to charge several items using only one wall outlet, car charger for when there's no camp power, and the various power/charger cords as well — very easy to overlook bringing these and be in real trouble :roll:
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Unread postby Zypresse » Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:53 am

To all the already mentioned stuff like:
Binocs and torch
Camera
Batteries, -charger
several CD and SD cards for the still camera and MANY videotapes
multiplug power-strip
Knife
Screwdriver
Lighter
Wild Card
Birding Book
Hat
Clothes to change
Cash for fuel
Bottle opener
Pottie for unforeseen circumstances
Medical supplies - plasters, headache tablets, disinfectant, antihistamine, tummy ache muti
Ouma's rusks - buttermilk
Plug for those sinks without a plug at picnic sites
Tongs
Amarula Smile
Biltong Smile
Double Adaptor
Stuff against the mozzies.
Mobile phone to sms the forum
Krugermap
paper to make notes on for tripreports
nibbles
YELLOW RIBBON!
picnic baskets, flasks for coffee, mugs
moisturiser and lip gloss/moisturiser,
my own coffee-making gear
Vosonic x-drive
Headlamp
Leatherman
Enamel Mugs ( they already travelled thousands of km's with us)
a journal to keep a diary (for report and ourselves)
salt shaker for breakfast eggs, tomatoes and others
Clothesline ( if travelling more than 2 weeks, we do not want to carry too much spare clothes)
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Beanbag


I add from my personal packing list:
a simple glue stick (I like to keep tickets, receipts and such things as a souvenir in my travel diary)
books (when we are not "on the road" I like reading on the porch...)
Ziploc - bags (they always come handy, for leftover food, for a wet towel on hot days, for snacks or to replace a bean bag...)
some candles (for romance...)
another pair of glasses (what would I see if my glasses are broken?)
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Unread postby katydownunder » Sun Jul 22, 2007 11:54 am

Sorry DB a bit off-topic I think... :redface:

But Matthys here are the pics:

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It's made from an old cotton bag. Do not choose the zipper too small or your have a bit trouble to fill the rice etc. in without spilling half of it on the floor.
The size of the beanbag is 27x20 cm. Hope this helps.

Back to the main topic :wink:
I forgot to mention that we have all the little bits and pieces like bottle opener,spoons, torches, adaptor for SA plugs,cello-tape,Leatherman etc in a small bag. So before we leave for another trip ,we just have to grab that bag and can be sure that we leave nothing essential behind.
We think that this is very handy....
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Unread postby restio » Sun Jul 22, 2007 12:14 pm

Agree 100% about the Ziploc bags, Zypresse. :D

Don't forget to take foil (for wrapping veggies etc for the braai) and pegs to use for the clothesline, or for keeping plastic bags of snacks/beans/rice closed.

We always take a small broom and pan for sweeping out the car - it can get quite dirty, especially if you have a small child who likes to crumble up his biscuits. :lol: This is even more important for KTP, where the sand gets into everything. It's also a real necessity if you're camping - you can use it to clean the tent too.
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Unread postby Foxy » Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:26 pm

Bath towels
Dish clothes

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Unread postby sioux » Sun Jul 22, 2007 5:58 pm

Frozen bottled water.
I always make sure we have frozen (if possible) bottled water. As SA has one of the safest tap water, decanting into plastic refills will do the trick. So when frozen they are still cool to drink for a long while during the day's game viewing. I dont go anywhere without a bottle of water in close proximity.

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Unread postby Tshukudu » Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:04 pm

Has everybody gone insane. Where are the CASTLE's
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Unread postby Foxy » Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:24 pm

Don't forget washing powder for all those dirty/dusty clothes you plan to wash - so that means pegs and a rope for a clothes line. :)

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Unread postby wilmaw » Sat Aug 25, 2007 8:29 pm

Most things have been mentioned like our binocs, bird book, note book, flask with coffee, cameras...

We also put things aside the night before (if day trip) or start putting aside earlier (like now, for Kgalagadi. I can't do without my lists, or walk through each room in the house, open each cupboard and check what's in there that I'm supposed to pack) for longer trips.

We never go without -
biltong (SO)
my Swiss army knife (incl pen, scissors, bottle opener...)
beer, cooler, can-cooler-holder-thingies
bean bag

I learnt about the yellow ribbon today, so maybe to start using that too...!?

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Unread postby G@mespotter » Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:23 am

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Unread postby Senyetse » Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:44 am

A patching kit for the blow up mattress.


Didn't follow my own advice (well sort of) :redface:. Got a puncture at Karoo NP in December and bought a patch kit at the new shopping center in Beaufort West. After the mattress was patched and pumped I discovered a kit that came with the mattress in one of the pouches in the tent where I had put it quiet some time ago. So I did follow my advice but forgot all about it! Egghead! :roll: :redface: :lol:
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