Truck Life

Day to day life on an overland truck

You will probably find that you will be assigned various chores on a rotating basis as well being in a ‘cook group’, also on a rotating basis.

Depending on the group size, you may do your chores alone or as part of a team.

In addition to chores, there are other ad-hoc tasks to help out with.  Depending on the length of your trip, you may all need to muck in and have a day of clearing everything out of the truck and washing and cleaning all equipment.

Loo with a view!

It’s not onerous at all and over time the truck will become very important to you, it’s your home for home, so you’ll want to care for it.  It’s all about mucking in and working as a team and doing what you can.  It’s part of the overland experience.

Some of the chores are listed below, and of course, you may end up needing to dig a hole for a ‘loo with a view!’

Truck cleaning

Sweeping out the truck on a regular basis (it can get dirty quickly with 22 pairs of muddy boots traipsing in and out), cleaning windows and general tidying of the truck

Truck Wallah

Putting out chairs when camping, collecting money for tips for guides, collecting and sourcing gifts for birthdays, collecting monies at the end of group meals (never an easy task!)

Bar Manager

For some people, this is a fun job. At the start of a trip, the bar manager may start by collecting a few dollars from each person to fund the first few crates of beers and sodas. Then, if you are lucky enough to have a fridge on board, keeping it stocked with everyone’s favourite tipple, keeping a tab for each person and deducting any purchases they make from their credit. At the end of your tenure at bar manager, you pass the bar kitty to the next bar manager.

Water Wallah

A very important job and depending where you are in the world, a job that may entail turning on a tap and filling up the tank or could involve pumping from a well and carrying the water back to the truck. Treating the water with purification tablets as and when needed.

Fire Starter and Wood Collector

The bush camps and nights at campsites will provide some of your best memories for sure. If it is your job to light fires, (another fun job for some), you will need a lot of fuel. So, your job as fire starter will start well before you set up camp. Perhaps you can rally everyone when you stop for a toilet stop along the road to collect a few pieces of kindling for starting the fire. Then you will need a few pieces of chunky logs or fallen branches to keep the fire nice and lively through the evening. Don’t forget that the cook group might need the fire, so this might be a job you need to do before you even think about putting up your tent for the evening.



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