Preparing for a road trip – Georgia Trip 2014

In 2014 we went for a 5 week road trip to Georgia with a Jeep Wrangler. How did we prepare for this trip? We will summarize it here:


Jeep_Muddy

Preparations started early, actually a year before we left. One major element on the to-do list was getting the Jeep ready. Pop-up-roof_arrivalNot that one needs a fully prepared and beefed up 4×4 car to drive to Georgia. The Ursa Minor J30 pop-up roof had caught Elmer’s attention and needed to be ordered and shipped from San Diego, USA to Rotterdam, Netherlands. This process went smoothly and the roof arrived on time.

Then, a snorkel (Horntools) has been added as well. With little more than 2 weeks before departure, we still had so much to installed and mounted:  Spare wheel carrier (Teraflex), two solar panels and Foxwing Awning (OZTENT) -waiting for the arrival of their custom-made brackets-,  airline tracks  on each side of the Jeep (where the back side windows used to be) for the jerrycans.

Jerrycan_Jeep Spare_wheel_carrier_ Georgia2014_Sinop

For our cooking and storage needs Elmer made our own kitchen module, fitted to the trunk of the Jeep. The module is a set of drawers that hold a two-burner gas stove, sink, freezer, equipment and gear. On the rollbar he mounted the fire extinguisher as well as the propane gas bottle. Wires running from the starter battery to the trunk power all the extra equipment.

Building the kitchen module

HEALTH – FIRST AID

TABLETS

  • Aspirin (general pain-relief)
  • Ibuprofen (pain-relief & Anti-inflammatory)
  • Anti-histamine tablets (allergy relief)
  • Anti-diarrhea remedies
  • Constipation relief

CREAMS & OTHER SOLUTIONS

  • Arnica cream (anti-inflammatory properties, used mainly for bruises and relieve muscle aches)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wound wash first-aid cleanser
  • Antiseptic cream: A&D + Antibiotic ointment
  • Eye-bath
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen & after-sun

BANDAGES, ….

  • Bandages (regular & blister)
  • Sterile dressings (different sizes, non-adherant, latex-free; including hydropads for burn relief)
  • Self-adherent wrap
  • Gentle tape
  • Scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Needle & tweezer (to remove splinters etc.)
  • Safety pins
  • Disposable gloves
  • Disinfecting wipes (bio-degradable)
  • Dental repair kit
  • “Where there is no doctor” by David Werner

 

PAPERWORK

  • Passport & Visa: We need an online pre-ordered Visa (20 US $) for Turkey. We do not require a Visa for the other countries we drive through.
  • Drivers license &  car papers.
  • Green insurance card for the Jeep. Maybe we will have to get a seperate insurance for the Jeep in Georgia as the green one does not count there (although we have been told not to get one as they don’t pay anyway).
  • Travel insurance
  • Contact information of our embassies in each of the countries.
  • Extra copies (paper & digital) of all paperwork.

 

ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

  • 2 laptops, 2 iPads (one is mounted to the windshield and funtions as a GPS – MotionX), 3 USB sticks, 2 external harddrives  (This turned out to be way too much electronics for this vacation)
  • Jeeps harddrive (full of music & audiobooks)
  • Smart phones (one is unlocked so it can be used with local SIM cards)
  • Gopro (with suction mount), DSLR Camera, Video Cam, Tripod (none of these things we used more than once; we basically filmed everything with our cellphone or iPad)
  • Bestek 12V DC to 110 AC Inverter (dual 110AC outlet & dual USB port – 1A & 2.1A)
  • CB radio (to stay in contact with Michael and Udo in the Landrover)
  • Bluetooth speaker EcoXgear (We love this waterproof speaker)

 

OTHER GEAR

  • Folding chairs, folding table, hammock
  • Geigeririg 700 (pressurized hydration pack)
  • Maglite flashlight (rechargeable)
  • Petzl head torch (USB rechargeable)
  • Bush toilet
  • Carried by Michael & Udo in Land Rover:
    • Shower with pump
    • Shovel
    • Compressor
Bush_toilet
Bush toilet

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