With less than five months to go we’re doing an inventory of all the gear we’re taking with us. Hopefully it all fits in our vehicle along with Alice (our puggy) but we bought the Subaru for it’s cargo capacity as well as the AWD so I’m not worried.

There are a ton of videos on YouTube about road tripping and overlanding and these have been a huge help. Some of my favs are DOME Life, 4XPEDITION, and SUV RVing. I also got a Overland Bound membership and they have a user forum and maps for boondocking, plus the lived experiences of thousands of overlanding members. For peace of mind  we purchased a CAA membership.

As for the rooftop tent, our intention is to buy an iKamper SkyCamp Mini. We put a lot of research into choosing what we believe is the best choice for us. There’s a good market for rooftops so the selection is pretty much unlimited. We wanted something cozy but comfortable, and our preference is for a smaller footprint. If we were going for a ground tent the Gazelle T4 Hub Tent Overland Edition, an option with solid user reviews.

This post is basically a breakdown of everything we have so far, where we got, how much it was, and why it was our pick. To keep things organized we broke our gear down into three categories: safety, traveling, and living.


Garmin eTrex 10 handheld GPS Unit: available at Canadian Tire for about $120. It’s easy to use and if you mark your camp the arrow will always point to it and tell you how far away you are.

Uniden GMRS/FRS Radios will keep us in touch when we’re are out and about around the campground, shopping, or car caravaning without worrying about a mobile signal.

Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 300: So we don’t run out of power while boondocking or at a camp site without electicity.

A membership with CAA so we’re covered in Canada and the United States in case we run into car trouble. Plus they offer discounts on motels along the way.

Something we hope we’ll never need is a canister of SABRE Dog & Coyote Attack Deterrent. Here is a video on how to use it properly.

Tactical First Aid Kit: This is the pouch we used for our first aid kit. It includes a snake bite kit, tick remover, and everything esle a good first aid kit should contain.


Pet Gear Lookout Booster Car Seat with a removable pillow and a safety tether. This is so Alice can see out the back window and enjoy the trip.

Vantrue N1 Pro Dash Cam with Sony Night Vision Sensor. I’m betting we’re going to get some exceptional footage on our trip and this will cover the driving parts.

ThisWorx Car Vacuum with attachments and a 16ft Cord. You just know how dirty a car can get camping and a clean neat car will be a happy car.

Hopkins 12501 Subzero GripTrax Traction Tool: I’ve seen enough YouTube videos to convince me these are an important must have.

VViViD Flat Tire Patch Kit for Punctures with enough parts to fix more than one flat.vComes in a durable and lightweight storage case.

Starling’s Car Trunk Organizer. This thing is actually pretty solid and holds quite a lot of gear.

National Geographic Road Atlas – Adventure Edition: detailed maps and guidebook-like recommendations on the top 100 destinations for adventure. A road trip must!


iKamper SkyCamp Mini: Next to the car this is our biggest expense. We did a lot of research before deciding on this model and we think it’ll be the best choice for us.

We’re not anticipating it will be warm at night but this Rechargeable Camping Tent Fan will help if it does. It also has a lamp and comes with a remote.

This Igloo BMX Cooler is built like a tank. I’m sure it will be around for many years. Keeps stuff cool for 72 hours.

When we boondock there won’t be facilities so this Pop Up Privacy Tent will do the trick. It folds flat for storage.

GasOne New GS-3400P Dual Fuel Portable Propane and Gas Stove: We used something similar in Iceland but I read online the canisters for butane are hard to find in the US.

Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Repeller: The Thermacell Patio Shield creates a 15-foot zone of protection against mosquitos and I really hope it works.

Cotton Flannel Double Sleeping Bag: We used a double sleeping bag in South Africa and love the warm they provide. This is a cold weather one for the cold nights in the Rockies.

CLAM Traveler 6 x 6 Ft Portable Outdoor Shelter: Sets up in 45 seconds, no assembly required. This is another defence against mosquitoes and rainy days.

Woods Prospector Portable Folding Camping Chair: These are actually pretty comfortable chairs. Having a tray on the side is a bonus.