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Re: Must know Handy Hints and Favorite Tips

Unread post by spargish » Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:05 am

We have a big plastic box that is packed with non perishables, which gets checked before we buy the fresh products. Once everything is purchased we pack the black box as we call it. If we are camping we use a hard cooler box for frozen meat and a thermo-electric cooler for all other items requiring refrigeration.
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Re: Must know Handy Hints and Favorite Tips

Unread post by salamanda » Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:24 pm

We also take cable ties for cupboards, plus a few padlocks. Padlocks are perfect for example for the Satara fridge cage, but not much good for cupboards at, say, Mopani, for which we have invented out own cable-tie lock ! A good strong pair of scissors is essential if you use cable ties - they don't do knives much good (unless they are hunting/fishing knives) - ah , could that be why all the knives provided in the camps are so very blunt??? We also have a pack of green soap and insulating tape for things like radiator problems and a container of Q20 for squeaking doors. Bottles of waterless handwash are useful and small zip-locks for loo-paper so that it doesn't get left to destroy the look of the bush (although we have our own car port-a-loo . . . .)

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Re: Must know Handy Hints and Favorite Tips

Unread post by Munchkin » Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:57 pm

After many trips, our inflatable camping mattress, which I might add was ever so gingerly looked after, and rested on a camping bed, decided to deflate itself every night on our latest trip to KTP. With no desire to look for the hole (read: try to find a needle in a haystack) we have decided to make sure that we have a spare (brand new in the box) mattress on hand at all times! Some things you just cannot buy in the campsite shops!! :roll:
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Re: Must know Handy Hints and Favorite Tips

Unread post by Nyala » Sat Oct 05, 2013 12:42 pm

For tent camping we use plastic ammo crates for all non-perishable stuff. Frozen food goes into a 40l Engel. We use a Coleman Ultimate Extreme coolerbox as a fridge. We use those 500ml Spring Water disposable bottels that we collect during the year. Fill them 3/4 with water, squeeze them till the air is out and cap them. That leaves enough space for expansion when they freeze. Put a layer of frozen bottles on top of the stuff in the cooler box. The same quantity goes into the Engel. Every morning we exchange the ones in the cooler box with the ones in the Engel. We use that on out trips in KTP and the stuff in the cool box keeps cool.




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Re: Must know Handy Hints and Favorite Tips

Unread post by tent dweller » Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:51 pm

When packing clothes, do you pack just enough? or do you pack for "just in case"? My SO is tired of us taking "unnecessary" things with us? Please help with some useful advice :redface: :redface:
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Re: Must know Handy Hints and Favorite Tips

Unread post by Hugh » Sat Nov 09, 2013 1:09 pm

I and The real Hugh pack just enough ( three of everything ) and it makes no difference how long we are staying. Cause One on, one being washed and one in case ..It means your bags are tidy Dont bring fiddly type clothes > T shirts are best .. One warm jacket and a cap for the sun Two pairs of shoes oro ne pair shoes snd one pair sandals and two pairs socks .. and all this fits into a small flat back pack and takes up no space . No one in the park is going to care two hoots what you are wearing .
Food well we always take some thing home made like cherry cake and biccies and one or two special things and we buy in malelane , komatiepoort and Phala and the rest in the camp shops . Take the basic of cooking stuff its amazing what one can cook in a small frying pan and small pot . Have fun TD
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Re: Must know Handy Hints and Favorite Tips

Unread post by Crested Val » Thu Oct 02, 2014 7:19 pm

Does anyone have anything to add to this? :hmz:

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Re: Must know Handy Hints and Favorite Tips

Unread post by Grantmissy » Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:51 am

If possible those with young children should invite Grandmother and Grandfather along on the Kruger trip. I have seen Grandmothers settling down and organising a young family with energetic children plus Grandfather in no time. The Grandmother settled down Grandfather who got out of the car saying uh uh uh on the stoep with a big mug of coffee in front of him in between her organising and coordination.
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Re: Must know Handy Hints and Favorite Tips

Unread post by Riaanf31 » Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:59 am

Great thread. I'd add that cash is king in Kruger, with only Skukuza having a regular ATM as found in cities and towns. My advise would be be to draw a healthy cash balance and safeguard it. This comes in very handy when filling up the car with fuel only to find that overseas cards are not accepted for payment. Or even better when the payment machine is offline.
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Re: Must know Handy Hints and Favorite Tips

Unread post by RemiE » Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:00 am

Crested Val wrote:Does anyone have anything to add to this? :hmz:


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We always pack a tyre ‘sealer and inflator’, rather cheaply may I add.
Most times a flat tyre occur in the most inconvenient of places or at the most inconvenient of times……..like when the vehicle is fully packed and the tyre change equipment is deep down under (Ever tried unpacking and changing a tyre in a dangerous place with the whole family on the lookout?) ……… :slap:

That little tyre sealer and inflator should be pack where it is easily accessible, and used quickly and then you can safely travel to the nearest camp to unpack and do the wheel change in a much safer environment. :tongue:

O and on speaking of flat tyres, don’t ever drive over dung piles lying in the road…..apart from the insects that’s having a jolly good ol time in it, it’s the perfect way of hooking up your tyres with thorns :mrgreen:
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Re: Must know Handy Hints and Favorite Tips

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:54 am

Grantmissy wrote:If possible those with young children should invite Grandmother and Grandfather along on the Kruger trip. I have seen Grandmothers settling down and organising a young family with energetic children plus Grandfather in no time. The Grandmother settled down Grandfather who got out of the car saying uh uh uh on the stoep with a big mug of coffee in front of him in between her organising and coordination.



Get outa here!

My octogenarian father was just like a child looking for animals etc and often beat the children to ther choccie reward that was on offer for the first whatever!

I am in the grandfather age now and your children are your responsibility, as mine were mine, leave the old toppies to enjoy Kruger for themselves. :tongue:
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Re: Must know Handy Hints and Favorite Tips

Unread post by JeanniR » Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:56 am

When showering, wear flip flops... 8)
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Re: Must know Handy Hints and Favorite Tips

Unread post by Grantmissy » Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:27 am

@BB :lol: :lol: :lol:

Bush Baptist wrote:leave the old toppies to enjoy Kruger for themselves.
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Shopping list?

Unread post by MSI » Sun Sep 13, 2015 4:15 am

Hello. Would someone please be kind enough to post a shopping list for things other than food that I will want to pick up before I head into the park? I'm flying from the States so luggage capacity is limited. Most everything I'm going to use in the park (bungalows - plan to self cater every night) I will have to buy on my way to the Kruger. The more I think about what to buy the less organized I become. :doh:

So far I've come up with:
Matches
Lighter fluid
Aluminum foil
Braai tongs
Coffee press
Thermos
Zip loc bags
Tire plug kit
Can of fix a flat
Cool box
SIM card for phone
Disposable plates and silverware

:hmz: :hmz: :hmz: Help?

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Re: Shopping list?

Unread post by DinkyBird » Sun Sep 13, 2015 5:13 am

Hi MSI

Your reservation confirmation should give you an idea of what equipment the unit you have booked will have, so that is the first step - check what you will be supplied with in your units.

Matches - you must buy
Lighter fluid - no need unless you mean to start a wood fire (braai) so that would be 'firelighters'
Aluminum foil - useful!
Braai tongs - might be supplied in your unit
Coffee press - not supplied, so useful to have if you like filter coffee
Thermos - useful to take coffee with on an early morning drive to enjoy at a waterhole - add plastic mugs
Zip loc bags - very useful
Tire plug kit - so so .. but rather safe than sorry
Can of fix a flat - as above
Cool box - useful
SIM card for phone - must have if you want to contact home
Disposable plates and silverware - useful for picnics, otherwise should be supplied in your unit


You will find you will need binoculars, and obviously cameras. Depending on the camps you stay in, the shops in the park do sell most essentials. You will need a torch (flashlight), and bug spray. Pack some basic meds, for tummy, headache etc. Obviously an adapter to charge camera batteries etc.

It is amazing how one can cope very comfortably with very little in Kruger. You will not starve and part of the fun is making do with what you do have.
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