There was a time when packing and planning for a roadtrip meant only that you made sure the car had petrol, a spare tyre and a flask of coffee. You grabbed a bag, threw in some clothes according to the weather, added a map and a ham sandwich, and you were off.
Things have changed.
I’m off tomorrow morning for a few days researching roads less travelled in the Garden Route and the Klein Karoo. In the company of 2 intrepid friends, we’ll be investigating what lies hidden in the forests of Nature’s Valley, we’ll traverse the mountains between George and the Klein Karoo via Montagu Pass which I always look down at when I’m with clients on Outeniqua Pass but have never been on, and we’ll take the back-roads between Oudtshoorn and Calitzdorp. I didn’t even know this road existed until recently and it sounds like a nice option to the usual road so it’s worth a look-see, especially as it lies at the foot of some of that region’s most beautiful mountains.
Given that it’s the middle of winter my bag is double the size of a summertime bag and will be bulging with warm clothing, rain gear, socks, scarves, beanies and wellington boots, as opposed to the usual t-shirts and sandals.
Ok, so there’s nothing new in that but, wait … the technology.
- Cell phone, with charger, and 2 point plug, plus car charger
- Camera, with charger, extra memory card, and universal adapter, as well as local plug
- Second, back-up, camera, with spare batteries, and 2 point plug
- Tablet, as back-up to the first back-up camera and to see what sort of pics it takes, with charger and universal adapter.
- Add one big multi-plug thingie so they can all charge together, if need be.
They’ve all been on charge since yesterday, and that’s just my stuff, the others must sort themselves out.
For once, the laptop stays at home but I can’t shake off the feeling I’m forgetting something.