After a few days preparation in Swakopmund I eventually had bought the essential food and supply and packed it to travel Namibias great outdoors. I knew that planning is good when travelling off into the remote areas of Namibia. A common mistake (I learnt my lesson) is to look at the map and see that there will be “cities” that you will travel through and therefor come to the conclusion that there is a lot of stores on the way. However in Namibia the stores outside the bigger cities are very limitied in what they offer and it is clever to buy some extra fruit, vegetables, meat and so on. In my case I couldn´t by much that needed a fridge since I can´t afford one.
I have found out that packing food for a climate where the temperature hits 35 degrees is a challenge however one secret is to store the vegetables and fruit in paper bags in a black plastic container. Some fruits are better than others, banana, oranges and apples are good. They can easily withstand 4-6 days if you pack it in paperbags. The problem with plastic bags is that you get condensation inside the bag and the fruit starts to rotten. That is also the case for vegetables, I enjoy carrot, potatoes, unions, garlic, ginger because the last at least a week if you have used paper bags. You´ll need fresh spices like ginger and garlic to make your pasta or rice a little fancier when you cook over open fire.
Another good thing is salted potato chips which is very good for your hydration, you´ll lose a lot of salt, because you sweat a lot during your time in the outdoors. Eating salted potatochips and drinking water during daytime is a good way of keeping control of your hydration level.
If you´re a photographer another good thing is a power inverter 12V/240V which converts your car power into 240V, then you can charge the batteries for the camera, laptop etc. while driving. A general recommedation is to travel with at least two sparewheels in Namibia since the gravelroads and offroad tracks are pretty rough and can cost you a puncture or two. A spade is good if you get stuck in the sand. If you´re likely to drive in sand you might want to use different tyre pressures (deflate for sand) and then a electric pump is useful.
These are just some humble advices I have and it is not a complete list since I don´t have enough time for that now. And don´t forget the fuel, if you set of into remote areas, check if you´ll need extra jerrycans with fuel. The fuelconsumption can be pretty crazy when driving offroad so please be sure that you´ll have enough.