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What do I need to take on a 4 month holiday that I wouldn't think of taking on a 2 week holiday?

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katymac Wed 22-Mar-17 21:00:43

Camper van - so cutelery/crockery etc have been planned for

I'm thinking some stationery & maybe a printer?

Sellotape & string, a travel iron?

Some tools? (def a screwdriver & allan keys for the bikes - but what else?)

WD40 & 3 in 1 oil

What else have I forgotten or not even dreamed of taking?

fourpawswhite Wed 22-Mar-17 21:10:24

Well stocked first aid kit for those annoying small as well as bigger injuries. I'm thinking blister plasters, parecetamol, sprain bandage, needle and thread, cream, midge cream, bite cream.

Do you have a pet? Wormer. Always take an extra wormer. And an extra lead if you have my dog.


Spare charger for phone, kindle etc.

Map. Sat nav not always effective if no signal....

Ice cube tray? And cork screwwine

Shall keep thinking. Would love to do something like that. I'm just scanning my list for holidays and looking at what I have added over the years having not thought of it till that moment of need.

katymac Wed 22-Mar-17 21:15:41

We take the first aid stuff on the 2 week holiday never had one of those normall a week only) as we are illness & accident prone wink & we also have one in each car.....

& our vitamins & supplements alone will take up a whole cupboard!!

Torch, extra chargers - added to list along with a paper map

Neither of us like ice or drink - but the ice cube tray could be good for leftovers of stock etc or injuries! I guess we will pack a corkscrew to not use grin

SilenceOfThePrams Wed 22-Mar-17 21:16:28

More money.
Adaptable clothing to cover seasonal changes.
A kindle or some other ebook device so you have more reading matter.
Your own pillow.
Some small and portable home luxury, three of them, wrapped up and dated so you open one each month - little things like favourite chocolate or something you can't easily get where you're going.

katymac Wed 22-Mar-17 21:17:07

Yes the cat is coming so wormer!! & deflea-er

I might treat him to a new litter tray (I won't need 2, I hope) - I was thinking of trying to get him to drink out of a rabbit bottle instead of a bowl

Wtfdoipick Wed 22-Mar-17 21:18:16

Where are you going. Will you have easy access to the right gas cannisters if you run out?

toughday Wed 22-Mar-17 21:19:23


fourpawswhite Wed 22-Mar-17 21:20:42

Yes, where are you going. How exciting.

Pound land have hand torches that you pump with hand rather than battery which are actually perfectly effective for most things. Saves having no battery when you actually need the thing.

katymac Wed 22-Mar-17 21:23:03

Up the east coast accross scotland and down the west - so I imagine rarely more than 20 minites from a supermarket

Superglue - & gaffer tape

katymac Wed 22-Mar-17 21:24:24

I have wind up lanterns - so a torch or two (normally use my phone)

& I have a wind up radio too

I bought a gas heated brush to save electricity too (& spares)

fourpawswhite Wed 22-Mar-17 21:25:10

Ah lovely. We are Scotland. Borders. West coast can be a trek to shops at times, we go there most summers. Avon skin so soft as good as anything really for midges and can also go on animals. Have a safe and lovely trip.

leddeeburdee Wed 22-Mar-17 21:29:27

We always carried jump leads in our van.

Sgtmajormummy Wed 22-Mar-17 21:31:47

Unless you're going somewhere really remote you can buy most of what you need like toothbrushes, sanpro, but don't forget special hair products or contact lens solution.
I ALWAYS forget nail clippers.

Is there anything about to expire but hasn't arrived yet, like a replacement bank card? You'll need to chase them up before you leave.

MooseBeTimeForSnow Wed 22-Mar-17 21:32:18

Follow on packs of contraceptive pill?

EggysMom Wed 22-Mar-17 21:33:03

Up the east coast accross scotland and down the west - so I imagine rarely more than 20 minites from a supermarket

I hope this was meant in jest, otherwise - ROFL - I think you have a shock coming. You might only be 20 minutes from a tiny corner shop, but you can often be 40-60 minutes from a supermarket. I used to live in Argyll, holidayed in Sutherland ...

Scentofwater Wed 22-Mar-17 21:38:51

Head torch if you can afford a decent one, normal torches are fine most of the time but head torches are invaluable for repairing stuff when you need both hands!

Your own detergent so that your clothes/ bedding still smell of home.

One full change of clothes each, including a warm jumper, completely sealed in several bags and packed away so when you inevitably get soaked/ all your clothes get muddy/ there's a leak, you still have a dry set to wear. I learnt this on a sailing trip, sadly too late.

More than one waterproof, again there's nothing worse than climbing into a soggy coat yet again.

traviata Wed 22-Mar-17 21:39:31

tape measure
spare sunglasses

Where will you do laundry? Do you need kit for that?

katymac Wed 22-Mar-17 21:43:13

we are not going far off the tourist trail so I imagine we will keep ourselves reasonably fed & clean etc

Pill......not for years!!

Good idea about bank cards I'll check (but DD will get our mail I think)

Do jumpleads work for automatics?

traviata Wed 22-Mar-17 21:48:07

birdspotting book or app
night sight ( so you can see what is making that weird noise outside the van at 3am!)

katymac Wed 22-Mar-17 21:48:55

Scissors & tape measure will be covered I'm taking my sewing machine & some projects

Laundry - hmm i'll ask DH he does that - but possibly some of those nice handled buckets & visits to a launderette

Dry clothes - the camper van won't leak will it? Sailing yes you get wet, and camping - OK plan to pack differently

Oh yes hate wet coats!!

Sunglasses are prescription so can't afford a second pair

profpoopsnagle Wed 22-Mar-17 21:53:54

You need to check your home insurance covers you for a longer trip (most are @30 days). If someone is planning on stopping by to check at home, get them to ring a number out from the landline. This can then be sued as proof if needed, that the home was not unoccupied for all that time.

katymac Wed 22-Mar-17 21:55:07

Head torches & night sight - interesting hmm maybe?
Bird books....not sure, maybe if I am interested once we are on our way

kindle & laptops are definite

katymac Wed 22-Mar-17 21:57:36

Getting special insurance
No landline- poop

SingingSands Wed 22-Mar-17 22:03:11

A printer? On holiday? Would you use it much? And a sewing machine?

Stock up on loo roll and midgie spray, I say.

katymac Wed 22-Mar-17 22:19:06

I imagine I may need to write letters or respond to post

Not everyting can be done by email

& sewing is my hobby - 4 months off would be boring

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