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    Quote Originally Posted by iandvl View Post
    I'm probably not as sensitive, but the cheap hand cleaner I get with the little scrubbing things in it have never dried my hands out...

    Even if hand cleaners did, I would just use them anyway and live with the dry hands. #be-a-man.
    It has worked for me.


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    2. I am a man, but prefer well-kept hands. (call that "sensitive")
      I hate dry, chapped hands.
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    How and where do you pack a bucket?
    I use an old 5 liter oil can. Cut the top out and add a handle yourself. It packs so much easier being rectangular. My shower gear fits inside except for the poles. Goes directly on the coles or gas stove. You cannot find them anymore so I made up a stainless one. The shape makes for much better scooping of shallow water. Ie flooded tent. Even works as a dust/sand scoop with a brush. Strong enough to work as seat when changing and fixing a tyre.

    What to do with the rubbish bag or wood. Crate on the roofrack used to be the answer. Now everyone has rooftop tents and solar panels. I have a frame that straps on top of the spare wheel on the rear bumper. A milk crate straps on top of the frame. It is much lower to be in easy reach and still lower than the roof. It does not get hooked up on overhanging branches and parking garages.

    A wet 'chammy' is the best for quickly wiping your hands clean when water is scarce. (After breaking camp.)

    When you encounter 40 degrees plus.
    A small spray bottle in your face for overheating and a wet towel on the back of your neck. (First choice is a working aircon and enough fuel to run it.) Also, grab the best tree in the camp site. (Not needed for overnighters.) Add proper insulation to your cab roof and the canopy roof and the firewall. Put your freezer on 25mm of polystirene. Vent the feezer directly to the outside.

    When heavy sand is encountered, do not let the tyres down all the way and do not lock everything that can be locked. You wont have any leeway when the really bad stuff strikes. Rather use the opportunity to learn how to drive in sand. It will be a blessing for the rest of your life. Learn that you let down your tyres down a bit at a time only. If you still get stuck, let it down some more. With this principle you will always get out without overdoing it and writing off a tyre. In bad situations, remove the wall of sand in front of all four tyres or reverse for 2 meters. In 40 years I never needed someone to pull me out of sand. I always get out on my own. Then there is mud. (Different story)

    Take a tyre off a rim at home and find out what tools and skills you need before it happens to you in the bush where there is no back-up.

    If you go in the wet season and sleep in a tent. Get a proper tent that can handle thunderstorms. (Wind and rain.) Surprisingly difficult to find a tent that can then still go up in less than 10 minutes. Practice folding your tent at home. It is so much smaller and easier to pack if done properly. Most tents have some special little tricks like all dome tents. Do the whole job on top of its own ground sheet, then it stays clean. Have a brush with stiff bristles handy to wipe the ground sheet clean as you do the final folds.

    Go camping or touring with a couple of old hands and keep your eyes peeled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Connan View Post
    I have heard or seen that tip many times, and tried it once. Didn't work at all for me.

    It takes more effort to rinse the clothes properly than to wash them, and there are no short-cuts to the rinse. In any case, I am not in a situation where I can go on long enough trips that packing enough clothes becomes a problem.
    My mom's drive around Australia, she had 2 drums, the second was for the rinse. 1st drum up to lunch stop, remove laundry and place into second drum. Wash line up on reaching her evening camp, and hang out rinsed clothes. That was here routine and she said it worked a charm. The 2 drums were mounted to the yoke of her caravan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4ePajero View Post
    It has worked for me.


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    2. I am a man, but prefer well-kept hands. (call that "sensitive")
      I hate dry, chapped hands.
    Not really a 4x4 tip but surgical gloves are the business for cleaning dirt bike foam air filters and applying new sticky oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    My mom's drive around Australia, she had 2 drums, the second was for the rinse. 1st drum up to lunch stop, remove laundry and place into second drum. Wash line up on reaching her evening camp, and hang out rinsed clothes. That was here routine and she said it worked a charm. The 2 drums were mounted to the yoke of her caravan.
    I find I have to rinse 4-5 times to get all the soap out.

    Unlike Iandvl I am not a man. I get bad eczema from clothing detergent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Connan View Post
    I find I have to rinse 4-5 times to get all the soap out.

    Unlike Iandvl I am not a man. I get bad eczema from clothing detergent.
    I was not referring to laundry detergent. You should try my handcleaner. It works a treat...
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    When using hotels.com it is easy to use the filters to ensure the accommodation has a pool, a shower and air conditioning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainier Vermaak View Post
    When using hotels.com it is easy to use the filters to ensure the accommodation has a pool, a shower and air conditioning.
    I guess you learnt that from grinder ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul#25 View Post
    I made this cage for a customer to hold 2 of those bottles. It fits onto the swingarm of the spare wheel carrier. He has 2 swingarms on the vehicle, so he uses one for the spare and the other for bottles or firewood. It has a lockable strap over the top to stop things from being liberated. Attachment 703538Attachment 703539
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    Before working on greasy and oily job, scratch a bar of sunlight to get a layer of soap under your (freshly cut) nails. When the time comes to wash, the soap just dissolves and you don't have to dig under nails with a nail to get rid of the black grime.
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    Spider web is an ideal blood coagulant in case you need one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Spider web is an ideal blood coagulant in case you need one.
    Not only a coagulant, but being protein-based, they are covered with a type of "antibiotic" to prevent organisms from consuming them. So if you dress a wound with spider webs, you're also preventing infection to some degree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Spider web is an ideal blood coagulant in case you need one.
    Who and how did someone discover this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Spider web is an ideal blood coagulant in case you need one.
    Just wait for the Button, Brown Recluse or Sac spider to go out for breakfast before you use it though ...

    But - good tip. I did not know that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iandvl View Post
    Not only a coagulant, but being protein-based, they are covered with a type of "antibiotic" to prevent organisms from consuming them. So if you dress a wound with spider webs, you're also preventing infection to some degree.
    Loaded with Vitamin K so helps speed up wound healing too.
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    Put a piece of string through your toilet roll. You can hang it on things to keep it out of the dirt or from dropping down the long drop. Make it long enough to hang around you neck if needs be,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
    . Make it long enough to hang around you neck if needs be,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stranger View Post
    Put a piece of string through your toilet roll. You can hang it on things to keep it out of the dirt or from dropping down the long drop. Make it long enough to hang around you neck if needs be,
    And make sure you don't get it confused with the soap-on-a-rope...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois Theron View Post
    Gaan maar k$k lyk
    I think he means before use

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    Speaking of bog-roll, if you tuck the end into the tube, the wind doesn't un-roll it. And should you drop it, it stays rolled up too.
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