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 Post subject: What are your top 5 items never to forget to bring to Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:40 pm 
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So happy to have booked my 8th trip to Kruger; my SO's second. It's been four long years. Already starting to pack even though we are months away. We all bring binoculars, camera, coolers and such. But we must all have some special things that we have discovered over the years/trips that we can no longer go on a trip to Kruger without.

Here are mine:

Rubber Snakes - we put them outside near the food which helps keep the monkeys away!
Large Insulated Mugs - so we can take coffee with us on those early morning game drives
Comfy Camp Chairs - we only book perimeter accommodations and sometime like to chill all day outside
Cigarette Lighter charger we can use in the car to charge our items while driving (camera batteries and such)
Whistle - You never know...., so I always have one around my neck especially around camp at dark

What are yours?? Looking forward to getting great ideas!

Dana


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 Post subject: Re: What are your top 5 items never to forget to bring to Kr
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:25 pm 
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* Egg Lifter
* Can Opener
* Fan
* Comfy chairs and pillows
* Chargers for camara and Phone

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 Post subject: Re: What are your top 5 items never to forget to bring to Kr
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:46 pm 
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Sheenaugh-Lee wrote:
Carol g wrote:
Amarula
Can opener
Beer for SO
Charger for camera and phone
Tabard for mozies
Thermos flask for coffee and rusks


uh uh Carol yor cheating your only allowed 5 items so youll have to drop the amarula :D :D

Oh no SL .. I think she will have to drop the SOs beer :whistle: :whistle:


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 Post subject: Re: What are your top 5 items never to forget to bring to Kr
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:52 pm 
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Black flat bottomed cast iron pot for bread (Bakpot - also used for stews and roasts when time allows)
Flask for coffee (to have early morning at the dam, view site, etc. with my rusks and boerekoekies)
Mozzie medication (I take a homoeopathic one- no after effects)
Plenty of cash(Petrol Card) for petrol - we like to criss-cross the park (the last 6 week trip we did 6000 kms in KNP)
Torch with rechargeable batteries - essential at night to avoid the creepy crawlies.
And if I don't take beer for the SO I will be left at home - there that is also 6. Sorry :whistle:


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 Post subject: Re: What are your top 5 items never to forget to bring to Kr
Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:02 pm 
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(1) the confirmation letter to say I am actually booked in
(2) Wild card
(3) own pillows
(4)all those pillies i have to take or else I would die before a week was out
(5) SO he does the driving

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 Post subject: Re: What are your top 5 items never to forget to bring to Kr
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:21 am 
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Pawps wrote:
Spare teeth to help chew all that biltong.


:lol: :lol: :lol:

Mine are:

1) Castle light (Just a few cans)
2) Map
3) Field guides
4) Can opener
5) Coffee flask

Dana I hope your upcoming Kruger trip will be :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: What are your top 5 items never to forget to bring to Kr
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Jeez but it's difficult to fit all the "must-haves" into a five item list :hmz:

1. Binoculars
2. Booking confirmation letter
3. Cash & bank cards
4. Cellphone & charger
5. Comfy pillow

I've decided the camera is only item no. 6 ... as one can always enjoy the park without taking :cam: of everything :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: What are your top 5 items never to forget to bring to Kr
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:44 am 
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Ok not Kruger but Mapungubwe but boils down to the same.

1. Note book with writing stick (pen or pencil) to write down the stuff I know I will forget bird list animal list groceries list, worst ever to drive 80km to Musina and 80 km back to remember you forgot something as you pull in to the camp. I have all my telephone number inside the front cover reception, emergancy numbers ect.

2. Tooth brush (no shops at Map to quickly buy one)

3. Wet wipes ,3 llittle kids in the car and one big one (hubby)

4. Hubbies tool box he will leave beer at home if we don't have space but that big blue toolbox will go in.

5. Fluffy (old style cloth nappy) great for everything from sun shade on the window to first-aid to cool compress in the heat.

Mommy things....... maybe in 18 years I will be back to the usual stuff like beer, amarula and wine bottle opener.

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 Post subject: Re: What are your top 5 items never to forget to bring to Kr
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1. Enamel camping mugs
2. Coffee
3. Sharp knife
4. Driver (essential, also doubles as a porter and cook)
5. Chargers for the phones

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 Post subject: Re: What are your top 5 items never to forget to bring to Kr
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Binoculars
Camera
Headlamp
Paraffin lantern
Map

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 Post subject: Re: What are your top 5 items never to forget to bring to Kr
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As we can safely assume (as the OP stated) that we will all remember to pack the "standard" items (booze, food, coolers, phone chargers etc), and if you take into consideration the type of accommodation that you have (with/without kitchen) and plan accordingly; there are only a few items that we will always remember to take along:

Sharp knife

Fire tongs (for moving wood around and picking up meat that I drop into the coals)

A bundle of hardwood kindling (the firewood in the park often consists of quite large pieces of wood and I do not want to transport an axe).

Headlamps (so I can find my wine glass next to the fire)

Cafetiere for filter coffee in the mornings.

(We also have a "Kruger box" that we take along (permanently stocked) with plastic plates/mugs, camping cutlery, a small pot, the "skottel" , a gas bottle and a selection of spices and salt. Because you never know....)

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 Post subject: Re: What are your top 5 items never to forget to bring to Kr
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:hmz: Money, Car, Food, Clothes and SO :D

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 Post subject: Re: What are your top 5 items never to forget to bring to Kr
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Bird books
Camera
Binoculars
Cash

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 Post subject: Re: What are your top 5 items never to forget to bring to Kr
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(When he was alive) Jerry Hattrick
His car
His hip flask(s) containing Amarula
His wheelchair
An alarm clock

The rest we could do without or get there.

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 Post subject: Re: What are your top 5 items never to forget to bring to Kr
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Camera and camera equipment
Binoculars
Maps
Beer and Amarula
Malaria tablets and anti mozzie spray.


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