Kit in the boot?

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    Apologies to those who may have been expecting pics of our furry feline friends. :rolleyes:

    Just getting the car ready for the return trip home from BiH.

    I haven't got a written check list these days as I've done the trans-Europe road-trip at least twice a year for the last 30 years or more.

    But here's a pic of the boot with the emergency kit in place before any luggage or personal stuff goes in.

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    And no - there is not a kitchen sink hiding in there.
     
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    Surprised you can fit any luggage in there with that lot. :eek:

    I have half bottle of Auto Finesse citrus power in the boot - currently spread over the carpet as the bottle leaked! :mad:
     
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    That’s a bit comprehensive
    Particularly liking the purposefully placed loo roll - you don’t do you?
     
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    I'm surprised you need all that.... and i'm also surprised any luggage fits :)

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    Maybe you need a Touring car @Singvogel when you change cars next? (y)

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    It only looks like loo-roll due to the camera angle - it's actually kitchen paper towel - for HAND wiping. :whistle:
    Hopefully I won't need any of it - but I have been running this route for long enough to know what is difficult to find or unobtainable at 03.00 on a wet Sunday morning in Slovenia or Croatia. BMW Emergency Cover is good but I like to be a bit more self-reliant.

    But to be serious 3500 km (2200 miles) in Europe nowadays is nothing compared to the trips to and from the Middle East I used to do back in the 80s.
     
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    I didn't spot the Swiss army knife - I assume there's one in there somewhere? :ROFLMAO:

    That's a serious amount of kit. Have you thought of changing to an X5 or a Range Rover?
    On second thoughts, forget the latter option after @The CO's recent posts. :whistle:
     
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    That s what I call Organised :)
     
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    admire your "readiness" regime, it must be a nice feeling to know you have most common breakdown issues covered. (y)
     
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    Room for a toothbrush and a spare pair of pants, good to go!
    Obviously I don’t know the roads/journey you are taking, but it seems like a serious amount of back up kit. Prepared for all eventualities it would seem.
     
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    :eek::eek::eek:
     
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    This is my full Winter kit, as I left for BiH back in early March.

    It's a survival kit really rather than expecting things on the car to break or fail.

    The weather even in Spring can give surprise snow falls - like in Switzerland only a few days ago.

    Once one goes south of Slovenia you can forget gritters and snow-ploughs except on the major through routes.

    Spacesaver and Jacking Kit
    Two Warning Triangles
    Torque Wrench
    Closed-cell Foam Kneeling Pad
    Large Garden Refuse Bag for dirty punctured tyre/wheel.
    Tow Rope
    Tool-Box with Combination Spanners, Allan Keys, Screwdrivers etc etc.
    Digi-Meter
    Jump Leads
    Fire Extinguisher
    Reflective Vests (+2 more in interior)
    Flashing Beacon
    6-Cell MagLite
    Head-Torch
    ContiMobility Kit
    Neoprene Gloves
    Anti-bacterial Hand-Cleaner
    Paper Towels
    Diesel Additive/Injector Cleaner
    1L Engine Oil
    IL Screenwash
    Trigger-Spray Intensive Screen Cleaner
    Sleeping Bag & Fleeces
    AutoGlym Detailing Bag
    Pack of MicroFibre Cloths
    De-Icer
    Ice-Scraper
    Army Folding Trenching Tool/Spade
    Various Waterproof Bags for dirty/wet Clothes & Gloves
    Umbrella
    Stiff Handbrush to clean snow from boots/shoes
    Emergency Food Ration Pack
    Mars Bars, Kendal Mint Cake, Glucose sweets

    I've likely missed a few bits and pieces. :unsure:

    All of that packs pretty level - so suitcases holdalls etc go on top easily.

    No snow chains this trip - but if I was coming here in December / January they would be in there too.

    @Mieke - The Swiss Army Knife and small MagLites are in the front door-pockets.

    This lot is what I have managed to reduce the kit to over the years :whistle:

    We're not on what anyone could call a 'tourist trip' to pretty places where they cater for visitors much - so we need to be fairly self sufficient,

    During the Balkan wars we were heavily involved in delivering Humanitarian Aid from UK and Scottish charities - frequently to remote villages in the mountains.

    Mrs S and I still visit many of the families even now 20 odd years later. :beers:

    After the war we used to run M-Benz Sprinter Camper on this route and in those days carried a sizeable selection of spare parts, and a set of chains.

    Now I only carry a spare fuel-filter as diesel can be iffy in some places - Ruski rubbish the locals call it - especially in Serbia - similar to Marine Fuel oil - but I fill up whenever I see the decent Austrian Brands. Once I bought petrol in Albania and there were dead wasps in it - no filters in the stations tanks or pumps! :weep:

    However every year as these countries improve and the roads get better the journey gets easier.

    We are already planning the next trip in September. :driving:
     
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    Great list Bob.... loving the thought of covering all bases....
    I dare you to run it... with nothing short of the phone number for bmw emergency services... you’d never sleep...


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    Did you forget the ramps?
     
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    Out of all that kit, are there any bits which you've never needed to use
     
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    Oh yes - thankfully there are.

    The Trenching Tool/Folding Spade and the Fire Extinguisher have never needed to be used.

    The emergency Mars Bars shouldn't have been eaten a few times but there is always the matter of the expiry/use by date as an excuse for that. :whistle:
     
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    Is the Fire Extinguisher still valid @Singvogel ? I think they have expiry on them right?

    Kev
     
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    A very good question, Kev.

    Mine was checked a couple of years ago and a new sticker on it.

    It also has a pressure gauge on the handle green/red kind of thing.

    It's a BMW one of course. :D
     
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    @Singvogel were you ever in the Boy Scouts - "Be prepared"? :D
     
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    Don't forget the hanky, string, notebook, pencil, 10p for a phone call (y)
     

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