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Mowgli Adventures Travel resources Planning and packing tips

 Planning and packing for van life isn’t quite the same as preparing for a 2 week beach holiday. Getting ready for a road trip involves more than packing clothes and planning a route. You need to get your camper van ready too!

Travellers don’t need a lot of gear on the road. Even for a long term van life, you don’t need to bring loads of “stuff”. Knowing exactly what to pack is a little tricky, especially for long trips.

So many travellers plan their trips in detail while others avoid making any plans at all. We try to strike a balance between the 2 extremes. We prepare as best we can, and any plans are always flexible. It’s just as well too!

Here we share with you hacks, hints and tips on planning and packing for your adventures.  We’ll bring you loads of planning and packing tips and tricks for a less stressful life on the road (or even just a short road trip).

9 surprising things to know before going to Rio de Janeiro

Brazil’s iconic Rio de Janeiro, affectionately referred to as the Marvellous City by locals, is one huge melting pot. Modern skyscrapers engulf Rio’s downtown colonial architecture. Spectacular views from world famous attractions stretch to the horizon. Colourful favelas spill down steep hillsides and white sand beaches stretch for miles. We’re not usually fans of major …

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Is Rio de Janeiro safe for tourists?

Keeping safe in Rio de Janeiro is probably on the mind of anyone travelling to the Marvellous City.  Brazil, and Rio especially, has a reputation for being unsafe. We’ve read stories of violent crime, street robberies and pick pocketing.  Even as we travelled in other areas of the country, Brazilians would warn us to take …

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The essential Rio De Janeiro packing list

Unlike many cities in Brazil, the popular tourist destination of Rio de Janeiro is smack in the middle of a whole bunch of different landscapes.  Urban city streets, miles upon miles of gorgeous sandy beaches, steep hills and a humid rainforest all feature on the doorstep, making packing for this city break a bit of …

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Parkas, layers & swimsuits | How to pack for an Antarctic cruise

In the early years of polar expeditions, packing involved loading a wooden ship with a year’s worth of supplies, growing a beard for frost to settle on and wearing seal fur coats. Thankfully, times have changed! You might think you need a suitcase the size of a small truck but you’d be surprised. Here’s how …

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How to ship a vehicle from Europe to South America

The planet has more water than land so even overlanders need to find alternative means of travelling between continents. If Graham and I were to reach the distant shores of South America from Europe with our camper van, Baloo had to sail. But where do we start arranging it? It’s not like Expedia offer comparative …

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Cargo ship travel: passenger life onboard

Cargo ship travel isn’t a common mode of transport for getting around the world these days, not for passengers at least. Our camper van Baloo had to sail across the Atlantic to be our home on our South American adventure. Rather than let her travel alone, we decided to join her. I know it sounds …

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North Coast 500 Packing List: camper van essentials

The North Coast 500 road trip is all the rage in the UK now and so it should be. The Scottish Highlands offer great outdoor activities, fantastic scenic drives and beaches to die for. So if you’re planning to go on one of Europe’s best road trips, you’ll need to make sure you pack a …

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Road trip essentials: the ultimate road trip packing list

Road trips are exciting but knowing what to pack can give you a stonking headache. Even if you’re travelling light, pack a few of these road trip essentials to make sure your journey isn’t ruined because you didn’t think to bring some of the basics. This road trip packing guide will help you prepare so you can …

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How to plan a road trip | A beginner’s guide

How to plan a road trip It’s heading towards that time of year where you’re getting ready for your road trip and looking forward to hitting the open road. Yet preparation can be exhausting and knowing how to plan a road trip will make all the difference. Some people like to plan everything out in …

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First-timers guide to planning a safari

How to plan your African safari Going on a safari isn’t like going on an average holiday. Spending time in the African bush is a unique experience. Even planning a safari is a whole new world. If it’s your first time, how you prepare can make or break the entire experience. We’ve done a few African safaris …

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