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In a few hours I'm flying to Buenos Aires to help lead an off-road tour chasing the 2015 Dakar Rally some 10,000 miles from Argentina to Bolivia to Chile and back to the start. So uh, what should I bring?


Heavy gear (tools, vehicles) will be waiting for us, I'll be driving one of two support trucks (details unknown) while Magnus and our guests will be on rented Kawasaki dual-sport bikes. Not sure what's going on with access to clothes washing, but we're spending most nights in hostels so backcountry camping supplies can be left behind.


I figure a couple shirts, boxers, socks, computer, camera, and work boots (which I still have to buy) should pretty much get it done. But just in case, here's a complete list of what we're trying to lug.

The Official Outback Adventure Treks "Chasing Dakar" Packing List:

  • Passport & Visas
  • Drivers License
  • International Drivers License
  • Medical and travel insurance documents Vaccination certificate
  • Credit cards
  • Travellers cheques
  • Flight tickets
  • Cash
  • Travel Insurance Documents
  • Motorcycle helmet (preferably with sun visor)
  • CamelBak / Hydration backpack Min. 3 Litre. With pocket for day use items.
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • Ear plugs
  • Kidney belt
  • Riding Jacket Enduro Style preferred Riding pants
  • Riding boots
  • Gloves (two pairs)
  • Riding shirt
  • Riding socks
  • Waterproofs
  • Personal medication, a copy of your prescriptions and a letter from your doctor if you are carrying any prescription medication.
  • Camera, Helmet cam Camera cards & batteries
  • GPS
  • Handheld UHF Radio
  • Mobile Phone with international sim card or roaming. Minimum of text function.
  • Mobile phone charger
  • Travel power adaptor
  • Copy of Itinerary in plastic bag or laminated.
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Mosquito and insect repellent
  • Stubbie holder (beer coozie)
  • Pocket knife or Leatherman
  • iPod/MP3 player
  • Torch (flashlight) and batteries (LED headlamp type)
  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Thongs (sandals)
  • T-shirts
  • Bathers Windcheater/jacket (bathing suit)
  • Underwear
  • Running shoes
  • Hat (Soft wide brim type)
  • Beanie/balaclava
  • Warm clothes to sleep in
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving equipment
  • Pocket mirror
  • Towel
  • Hair brush & comb
  • Tissues

As usual if you don't think you'll need it... Leave it at home.

Obviously a few of these things only apply if you're riding a motorcycle, and none of the tools or food required for survival are part of this list. But I'm keen to hear your suggestions on anything I might be missing that we haven't chalked down!

Image by the author, graphics via yoppy/Flickr

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