This is a list of what I would like to take. Space is a premium so I may need to skip some things to get the most important in.

I’ve lived in a Ute before but because I was in populated areas I didn’t need as many tools or recovery gear. This time is going to be little bit harder. The Hilux is about the same size as my old Land Rover Defender ute but looking at the list, I’m starting to wonder how I will fit it all.

The important thing for me to remember is what I don’t need. The less I take, the easier it will be to find things and the less organisation overhead I’ll have to take on.

I’ll update this list as I go.

Last updated: 20/10/14


  • Shelter A canvas canopy that came with the car.
  • Bed, pillows and blankets A double futon mattress (138cm wide for you Europeans).
  • Storage boxes Two 770 x 310 x 295cm boxes. One under-tray storage box. I might buy two more under-tray boxes if I need the space which I probably will.
  • Water storage 50 Litre tank that came with the car.
  • Spare fan belts
  • CB radio Came with the car.
  • Jerry can I’m not sure yet where to fit this. I may have to give it a miss.
  • Laptop car charger
  • Camera car charger
  • Winch Came with the car.
  • Air Pump
  • Spare Tyre
  • Test the wheel jack


  • Toothbrush
  • Tablet
  • Phone
  • Notepad
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Notepad & pen
  • Fishing License


  • Clothes
  • Cooking and Eating Utensils.
  • Laptop
  • Guitar I don’t know where to fit this where it can’t get stolen or damaged by heat. I may need to take a shit guitar that I keep in my bed…
  • Camera and lenses
  • Soap
  • Washing Powder
  • Towel
  • Food


  • Assorted spanners, sockets, screwdrivers, pliers, hammer, etc. For car repairs or building things.
  • Bow saw and tenor saw A bow saw and maybe a tenor saw too.
  • Heavy duty tie-down strap Very versatile.
  • Ropes and cable ties
  • Wood chisels
  • Axe
  • Shovel
  • Draw blade For skinning bark off trees and shaping wood.
  • Bush knife Got one of these on order.
  • Fishing rod and tackle
  • Emergency beacon Perhaps I can do without if the mobile reception is good.
  • Maps
  • Torch
  • Binoculars / Spotters Telescope
  • First aid kit
  • Brush and dustpan