“Banana boxes may sound like a joke but I copied the idea from a German veteran whose boxes were on their sixth African outing.” — pg 242 of Chris Scott’s “Overlander’s Handbook.”
On our last camping trip, my wife and I talked about ideal storage containers. We had used some milk crates on one trip only because I was too lazy to move items to better boxes. This time, everything was in an Igloo cooler (I stored it in there to save space in our small city apartment–and I was too lazy to transfer it and we had a smaller cooler for food). Natasha likes something that is kind of open so that she can see what’s in them and was wishing we had used the milk crates. I like that the cooler’s dimensions were better than a milk crate, allowing things to fit better. But, at the same time, the cooler was a bit bulky…
We talked about ammo boxes, Rubbermaid Action Packers, etc. I kept thinking about the brief paragraph in Scott’s book. I always laughed at that suggestion, even though I know that banana boxes are tough and free. They have good handles and coule probably be lashed down fairly easily. Since we can get clean ones at work, I brought one home and we’ll get a couple more to try.
These will be for kitchen supplies and such; the drawer system will still be used for heavier items that don’t leave the truck often (recovery gear, spares, etc.) And when we go to South Africa, we’ll look at dedicated ammo boxes and see if we think that the banana box is better.