Practical Info and Sources

Thinking back to our research, our decisions for buying our truck and our planning an overland trip, we found other peoples’ websites of practical information very helpful.  If it is of assistance to anyone out there planning an overland trip, this section and its sub-pages set out the practical stuff and the sources of our information and equipment. We will build on this and add more information as we go along, but if you have any specific questions, please feel free to get in touch via our Contact page.

Useful Websites for Planning an Overland Trip

List of the various sources of information and suppliers of equipment that we have found helpful. Click on the appropriately named link: Useful Websites


planning an overland trip

Cuthbert waiting to ship

We’ve shipped Cuthbert four times now. He’s too big for a container, so he always goes Ro-ro.  First he went to South Africa from Europe and back, both ways unaccompanied. Then he went from Europe to Uruguay when we accompanied him on the freight ship for five weeks. Most recently he went roro on a luxury Caribbean cruise from Colombia to Panama. Click link to see full details: Shipping


a potential (expensive) minefield when planning an overland trip…. some difficult decisions to be made on cost -v- risk! Click on the link to see the conclusions we reached: Insurances

Vehicle and Kit

Factors and decisions on choosing a base vehicle for an overland truck (Choosing the Truck), plus all the technical information on Cuthbert the Truck, click on the links: The Truck – technical stuff ; Modifications and Repairs and preparing Cuthbert for South America.

Kitchen, Food and Cooking (KFC)

Getting this right on the road is something to re-learn as you change climates and continents. In Africa we did loads of out-door cooking, but in the cold of the high-Andes, less so!  I’ve put a few thoughts down at Kitchen, Food and Cooking, and some specific Africa ideas at Overlanding Food – Africa.  Depending on your preferred diet you’re bound to miss a few things from home. I found a couple of Favourite Mega-simple Recipes for some of things that we miss.

Africa-specific – Practical stuff

Travel in Africa can bring specific  when planning an overland trip. Here we’ve added a few of our thoughts/notes on some of the practical issues we encountered: Practical Stuff – Africa.

South America-specific – Practical stuff

To be honest we found that South America brought us far fewer practical problems than Africa had, but a few things stand-out… fuel and high-altitude springs to mind 🙂  Click here for a few tips on South America – Practical Stuff