If you use this as your camp kitchen:
Or this to store you potato chips:
then you are beyond my aspirations (although I've seen that camp kitchen in person and it is a $7,000 work of art.) I'm not talking about taking your Earthroamer around the world, but more vehicle based travel and camping that may be more weekend to weeks in nature. It may be goal oriented (hunting) or exploring or just getting away from it all and relaxing. Just looking to hear what works for you. Thought maybe we could get a reco list together that could open new avenues or help people get going. Learn from my mistakes if you will.
I've gone through a lot of trial and error over many years with everything from vehicles to recovery equipment to camping gear. Will never have things perfectly dialed in, but feel like I'm getting there within a comfortable realm of fiscal responsibility. What I have come to prioritize is reliability, simplicity and ease of set up so that I can spend more time enjoying/recreating/driving and less time setting up.
So... what type of vehicle based travel have you done? What do you use? What have you learned? Open invite to share with the class.
If people are interested, I'll circle back to specifics (I am an expert on nothing though), but here are a few of the more important things I've learned:
- As always, what's between your ears is most important
- Choose companions wisely and don't be afraid to go it alone
- GVWR matters -- a lot
- Quality doesn't always mean expensive (e.g. GSI cookware)
- Good tires in good shape make all the difference
- You don't need to know where you're going, but you should have an idea of what to expect or at least be prepared to handle a variety of scenarios
- It's okay to turn around
- Don't sit around waiting to finish your "build" before getting out. Lots to do and see with all sorts of vehicles rigged all sorts of ways.
- Stay curious