How to Pack the Ultimate Family Travel Medical Kit

How to Pack the Ultimate Family Travel Medical Kit

We are busy gearing up for an epic cross-country road trip from Port Elizabeth to Mozambique, and part of our preparation is making sure our medical kit is fully stocked. Our family travels a lot, both locally and internationally and we have learned through trial and error how to pack a compact, portable but extremely useful medical kit that should address all minor conditions and avoid having to spend precious holiday time at the pharmacy or doctor.

 

Here is what to pack in a travel medical kit for families with teens and older kids:

(Note – the brands mentioned are all from South Africa, similar products are available globally)

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An Open Letter to the Universe #17adventures

An Open Letter to the Universe #17adventures

Dear Universe

 

I have it on good authority that the thoughts and vibes we put out there in your ethereal space will morph into something real and come back to us. That if we dream and visualise and believe hard enough, your cosmic forces will kick into action and help turn our happy imaginings into something a bit more tangible.

 

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How to pack the ultimate camping kitchen – An unhappy camper’s guide to happy camping

How to pack the ultimate camping kitchen – An unhappy camper’s guide to happy camping

I am an unhappy camper surrounded by a family who loves to camp. Usually I get my way, and we stay in self-catering cottages or hotels when we travel. Or we compromise and go glamping – where we don’t have to set up our own tents and there are decent bathrooms.

 

So it was quite a shock to my system to be thrown in the deep end in the Canadian Rockies with rough and ready REAL camping. No power, no beds, no roof over our heads. In some places even no showers or flushing loos. And while we survived through weeks of living wild in the forests and mountains at the other end of the world, our family ate like kings, slept like babies and had the time of our lives.

 

One of my favourite camping avoidance excuses at home in South Africa is that we don’t have decent camping gear and to purchase the works would cost more than years of happy self-catering chalet holidays. We were delighted to be able to rent all our camping gear in Canada, and learned that it is absolutely not necessary to have all the bells and whistles and fancy purpose-made camp site stuff that fills the shelves of outdoor and camping shops. The folk over at Rent-a-Tent Canada have perfected the art of camping in comfort with the bare minimum that you need to schlep along.

 

Here is what we discovered needs to be in your camping kitchen – no more, no less – and you can pack most of it right out of your kitchen at home:

 

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Self-Drive versus Guided Game Drives – the pros and….pros

Self-Drive versus Guided Game Drives – the pros and….pros

If you’ve had a squizz around our blog, you will know that we are massive fans of all things nature. Give us a few hours off, and before you can say boo, we’ll be heading to where the wild things are. It’s no surprise then that we end up so often at Addo Elephant National Park, given that we live an insanely short drive away from this SANParks gem.

 

Usually when we visit national parks we do the self-drive thing, and when we go to private reserves we take a guided game drive. This week, we mixed things up and went on a guided game drive in Addo National Park, courtesy of Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism.

 

So, which is the best option?

 

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What’s in a Name – The Chasing the Rainbow Journey

What’s in a Name – The Chasing the Rainbow Journey

We have a delightfully bright new logo, a pair of South African rainbow nation takkies, a calendar full of South African places to explore and a trip to Canada around the corner – but how did our incredible journey begin?Continue reading…