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Nc500/Kally1000 What We Packed

Updated on August 30, 2020
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Kally is an amalgamation of both my partner and myself, and we document all of our adventures no matter how big or small.

What to pack for the NC500

When you go on to read the list, you might come to the same conclusion as my partner that I was over-prepared/packed too much but I have always gone with the fact that I would rather have everything I could possibly need than need it and not have it at all.

So to save time I thought I would give you my reasoning, so you get why I thought the way I did and also state that everything we did pack WE USED! and some we were extremely grateful that I went OTT about lol.

  • First of all, it's Scotland, you have to be prepared for all weathers.
  • We knew we would be wild camping at least 2 nights, maybe more if we didn't get into some of the campsites we couldn't reserve/book
  • I'm a medic
  • We have allergies and I have hypermobility
  • We love our comforts such as facilities
  • We love to read
  • We can and love to cook
  • Neither of us has ever been to this part of the country

So below I'm going to categories into separate sections as to how I packed. You obviously won't have the same needs or might not have the same space (we used the whole back seat of the car AND boot). But there may be things you didn't think about and you might consider. Or in the off chance, you might think of something I didn't, which I would love to know (in case of future road trips).

Don't forget to download maps, preset routes and playlists on Spotify!

Must Takes

  • Avon so soft
  • Smidge - Midge nets
  • Suntan lotion - for those rare occasions of the sun
  • Coins - some public toilets/parking machines only take coins
  • Cash - in general, most places take card but because of lack of internet some only take cash
  • Citronella candles
  • Solar Charger Power Bank
  • LED Lamp
  • First Aid Kit - at least some pain killers, anti-inflammatories, bandages, of couple ice packs, anti-histamines, plasters
  • Bin bags

Clothes & Shoes

  • Trainers
  • Walking boots
  • Socks
  • Flip flops
  • Underwear
  • T-shirts
  • Hoodies
  • Leggings/Joggers
  • Waterproof/Windproof Jacket
  • Beanie/Cap

Always take a couple of spares, you never know where you might get caught out and get drenched with no way of washing or drying!


  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shower gel
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Moisturiser
  • Toilet paper
  • Flushable toilet wipes
  • Hairbrush
  • Microfibre towels
  • Deodorant
  • Talcum Powder


  • Privacy tent
  • Portaloo - there is always the option of chemical loos like in campervans etc but not everywhere has the facility to properly dispose of the chemical waste
  • Loo Bags
  • Solar Shower - only good if you get a bit of sunshine for more than 30 mins at a time


  • Tent
  • Sleeping bags
  • Pillows
  • Blanket
  • Air Bed & Rechargeable pump

"Kitchen & Dining"

Food & Drinks

  • Bottled water (Tesco did 500ml bottles, 24 for £4)
  • 24 pack Coke-cola (330ml for £10.50, Tesco)
  • Marshmallows (who doesn't love smores on a camping trip)
  • Snacks - pumpkin seeds, banana slices, crisps, sweets
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Noodles
  • Few cans such as beans, hot dogs, veg
  • Soup packets
  • Jelly pots
  • Small pots filled with some herbs, salt etc

Extra's we took

  • Book & kindle
  • Warriors Flag (As rugby fans we take it everywhere, take a pic to show the others where we are)
  • Camera, mini tripod & spare batteries
  • USBs (various lengths)
  • Car lighter USB adapter
  • Patches for air bed in case of a leak
  • Printed out route maps in case technology fails
  • Small bin bags for the inside of the car
  • Ponchos
  • Umbrella
  • Silica gel sachets - to help dry up moisture in your shoes if they get wet
  • Kites & Frisbee
  • Spare face masks
  • Jerry can - wasn't sure if we got stuck in a remote part and needed fuel
  • Bungee cords
  • Clothes pegs
  • Ankle support & small brace
  • Gloves

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Whether you chose to do the NC500 like we did or have a staycation elsewhere, have fun on your adventure and stay safe!

© 2020 Kally


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