Preparation & planning
- Research the 'known faults' for your vehicle, and address them after comparing various experts' recommendations.
- A well maintained and recently serviced 4X4, with low-range gearing. The service must include all filters (air, oil & fuel) and all oils (engine, gearbox, transfer case, differentials).
- Professional underbody inspection especially transmission, driveshafts, axles, wheels, brakes, steering, suspension, exhaust.
- Professional engine bay inspection especially water pump, radiator, alternator, starter motor, manifold, belts, hoses, battery mounts.
- Quality mud-terrain or all-terrain tyres in good condition, definitely not retreads, deflators for airing down and a portable compressor for airing up.
- Fit underbody protection only if you have to, it adds a lot of weight which puts increased strain on the transmission and drive-train.
- It's a good idea to carry a fire extinguisher, make sure it's secured tightly.
- Spare parts and fluids, as appropriate for your particular make of vehicle.
- Plus the following: hoses, jubilee clips, baling wire, large cable-ties, fuses, bulbs, belts, duct tape, WD40, nuts & bolts, tyre valves etc.
- Breathalysers, warning triangles, hi-viz jackets and headlight deflectors are required in most of Europe. You must also have a casualty grade first aid kit.
- Carry a reasonable selection of your most commonly used tools.
- Your vehicle must be equipped with a CB radio, in proper working order.
- A 20L jerry can of diesel, mounted on the outside of the vehicle.
- Recovery gear including strops and shackles, and a good shovel.
- Inspect your engine bay, undercarriage and the condition of your tyre sidewalls, at the end of each day's driving.
- It is good practice to blow out your air filter after a day of dusty driving, and obviously check oil and water levels at the same time.
- Inspect your undercarriage and the ground under the vehicle every morning, to check for any oil, water or fluids leaking.
- You do not need to modify your vehicle, but uprated suspension (for strength not lift) is absolutely the single best investment you can make to your vehicle.
Do not over-prepare your vehicle. Weight is a killer; not just fuel, but increased strain on the whole driveline and transmission. Do not tamper with factory fitted systems.
- Passport valid for at least 6 months after your return, with any visas you require.
- Vehicle registration document.
- Letter of permission if you are not the registered owner.
- Driving license.
- Visa for Algeria. We will obtain this for you, included as part of our service.
- Ferry tickets. For Morocco and Western Sahara we will obtain this for you and provide you with it at the pre-start briefing, during the evening before day 1. For Algeria this is included in the tour fee and is emailed to you in advance.
- Debit and credit cards, remember to advise your bank in advance.
- European vehicle breakdown and recovery insurance.
- Medical insurance including repatriation.
- European health insurance card.
- Inoculations as recommended by your GP, ask them also to prescribe a course of broad-spectrum antibiotics.
- Destination map(s), it's good fun to mark up the route at the end of the trip.
- Temporary vehicle import document for Morocco and Western Sahara. We will process this for you, and provide you with it at the pre-start briefing.
- Third party insurance (green card) for Morocco and Western Sahara, available from some UK insurers or purchased at the port of entry.
- Keep handy in the vehicle a list of important contact numbers.
- Sleeping bags and a tent, we recommend a quality canvas roof-tent, which has been well secured to the roof of the vehicle.
- If using a ground tent, you will need mattresses or camping stretchers, and a heavy-duty groundsheet.
- Remember we'll be camping in the wild some nights, so consider your lighting requirements when preparing.
- Camping chairs are a necessity and so is a travellers picnic kit incl bowl, for the cutlery and crockery you will need.
- Shovel, loo paper, plus the usual bathroom necessities and creature-comforts, wet-wipes and a shower towel.
- Consider one of our comfortable hygienic toilet stools, for the nights we are camping out.
- Camera and binoculars.
- Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, and suitable protective clothing and footwear, as appropriate for the terrain: sandals and boots or trainers.
- You will probably appreciate having insect repellent.
- It's worth bringing a selection of outdoor clothing to cover all eventualities.
- Carry your own snacks and drinks for the longer spells in the car, these can regularly be purchased in the larger villages and towns.
- Bottled water is widely available, but carry plenty and avoid dehydration by drinking it frequently.
- Ensure that you carry enough water to be able to do your washing up etc on the nights we are camping wild.
- If you like a few beers in the evening, bring them along sensibly packed out of sight. Buying alcohol in Morocco is possible, but it is an expensive exercise.
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