Packing List for Overland Tours

We’ll provide all the general camping equipment, but you’ll need to bring your own sleeping bags and ground mat.

Your clothes and equipment should be appropriate for the conditions you’ll be travelling in - this will vary depending on which part of the world you're heading to, and at what time of year. If there’s any trekking included, or if you want to go trekking as an optional activity, then please make sure you also bring suitable walking footwear with ankle support.

It’s worth researching the climate and altitudes of the areas you'll be travelling to, so that you know what to expect and what sort of clothing you should take. You can get great climate advice in guidebooks, on the internet, or by contacting our knowledgeable sales team! And remember even when it's warm during the day, it can often get cold at night, particularly in desert regions.

Recommended list

Nomad’s website includes their overlanding kit list (as well as comprehensive, up-to-date vaccinations and health information), but here’s what we recommend as a general guide:

  • Sleeping bag – please check the expected climate en route. Nights in the desert and mountain regions can be very cold, as can any regions at high altitude.
  • Sleeping mattress or compressed foam.
  • Travel pillow.
  • Cotton sleeping bag liner - this will help keep your sleeping bag clean, and can be used on its own on warm nights.
  • Mosquito net - the tents supplied by us have mosquito netting, but a net is useful for sleeping out under the stars or in some hotel rooms.
  • Large rucksack to pack your clothes, sleeping bag, etc.
  • A smaller day-pack for short hikes in the countryside, exploring cities, etc., and for keeping inside the vehicle for items you’ll use during the day.
  • Assorted-size dry bags to protect your clothing and equipment from dust and damp while packed in your main luggage.
  • 2 sets of comfortable travelling clothes (light, easily-washable cotton clothes are best).
  • 1 set of casual but smart clothes for evenings out. Men should bring a pair of trousers and women should bring a skirt that covers their knees and a scarf if you visiting any places of worship.
  • 2 pairs of shorts.
  • Sun hat or warm hat if trekking.
  • 1 pair of sunglasses.
  • Warm sweater/fleece.
  • 1 waterproof jacket with hood.
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes/boots (or ankle height canvas jungle boots).
  • 1 pair of sandals or flip-flops.
  • Underwear and socks (thermals are also a good idea if you are travelling to altitude or to the desert, as it can get very cold at night).
  • Swimwear.
  • 2 small towels.
  • Washing kit and any toiletries you need, including a small mirror.
  • Hand Gel
  • Small personal first aid kit and any medications that you need or may need.
  • Sun cream, lip-salve, and after-sun.
  • Mosquito repellent.
  • Clothes washing detergent, small scrubbing brush and washing line (just a length of cord).
  • A good water bottle of at least 1 litre capacity.
  • Head torch/flashlight with spare batteries and bulbs (only the 3 standard sizes of round 1.5v batteries will be widely available en route).
  • Multi-plug travel adaptor and any charging cables you need.
  • Camera with spare memory card and batteries.
  • Passport photos.
  • Photocopies of your passport and any visas you have obtained for the trip.
  • A pouch or money-belt worn inside your clothing, or an unobtrusive pocket sewn into the inside of a pair of loose fitting trousers.
  • Multi purpose knife.
  • Phone with alarm clock and calculator (useful when exchanging money).
  • Writing materials and notebook/diary.