(Disclaimer: This isn’t a paid article)

I’m what you call a wanderer. I suffer acute pangs of wanderlust that often take me many places. In my few adventures, I’ve always wanted to build my own travel “go bag” – a kit that is always ready and available to go on any adventure. The go-bag is like your Rambo knife for Navy Seals or like some flour, oil and a hot plate for a Musoga. Go-bags are built with patience. A few weeks ago when we were invited to the Cocktails In The Wild” adventure hosted by Roundbob I decided to pick up an important piece of my Go-bag. A small portable gas thingie from Shell. It was a 2 day excursion but along the way I discovered some fascinating things it can do, or you can do with it- if you have one:

1.It’s Portable:


The Shell Gas Ka-Portable: We got some camping mugs on our way that made drinking hot hot tea quite the adventure in shifting the cup from one hand to another.

Imagine those tiny 3 legged stools everyone has at their parent’s homes but no one pretends to know. Yeah those ones. That’s how nifty it is. Actually when you think of it, it can almost fit anywhere in your boot, on your lap (Someone of you carried girls who weighed 87kgs on the school bus and you’re out here raising your eyebrows? Shame on you)  or your leg space if your boot is packed. Weighing in at only 6kgs its also not heavy considering that you can do a lot with that on a camping trip( ahem, just like those buxom friends).

2.Making Hot Water:

Hot Water for: tea, cofee, soaking swollen feetafter a hike, frankfurters, a hot bath, your hot water bottle, washing utensils, and ultimatley for pouring on the bear if one decides to Dicaprio you.

Never go camping with people who still live at home with their parents. Why? Because they always want hot water to bathe. In Runyakitara they are called “abatesi” in Luganda they are called people with “e’kyejyo”. Anyway, with the little portable thingie you can quickly heat up showering water in under 15 mins so that you can go back to more important things…


3.More Important Things than Hot water:

Yes, more important things like breakfast. Hot tea, spear grass and mint tea. Metallic cups. We came back from our sun sunrise photo run to make breakfast for the hung over people who had been turnt (If you don’t know this word please go find a dictionary) the night before. If you cook with virgin Olive oil, you can make an omelet in 2.5 minutes, scrambled eggs in 3 and French toast in 4 minutes flat. Total feeding time for 30 people = 75 minutes

We’d had an early morning taking pictures of the sun rising over the Lugazi sugar plantation. See below what we caught while there:


4. As A Paper Weight for your tent:

If you are caught trying hold down your tent from flying off in the meddle of the forest as the wind blows. Just simply plonk your gas cylinder in your tent and not matter how hard the wind blows your tent will stay put. Also since some of you people weigh only 23kgs because of all the dieting y’all are doing.

5.As A Back Rest:

Also possible to use as a back support if you are seated on the ground and need back support and you don’t want ants climbing all over your shirt and blouse.


6.As A Restraint:

As far as parties go there is always bound to be the guy who you need to be restrain, tie to a tree or even downright handcuff. The portable thingie serves well as anyone who can move around with 10kgs handcuffed to their wrist has limited mobility (forget Jason Statham movies where guys can move around cuffed to a car and hurl the car around to hurt enemies). We found our guy

Justin wasn’t being unruly. We simply need to to prove that handcuffs can work on the gas thingie.  Ignore the furry handcuffs, that had nothing to do with cocktails in the wild

Ultimately, the little thing is light, handy and from now on a companion on any of my road trips. Thinking about it, if you are making a trip to the village, going for a funeral, or you are a regular road trip person it makes sense to get one. Unfortunately because I wasn’t paid for this article you’ll have to go their Facebook and get the price of the thingie but I can tell you that refilling is only UGX 57,000 (USD $16.7)

Are we going on a lot of adventures this year as KoiKoi? The answer is Yes – we have an exciting calendar of journeys to make this year including the much anticipated #KoiKoi North and The #KoiKoi Island Adventure!

Are we going to continue to bring astonishing exciting content from each trip? Yes – As can be seen on the #KoiKoiUG hashtag, we’ll continue partnering with brands to merge strong storytelling with real life situations to make memorable brand stories.

Shall we see Uganda fully and affordably? Yes – because each #KoiKoiUG adventure becomes a fully affordable, bookable trip on the Roundbob website.

Finally, shall we have fun? Well, I can’t answer that but you do know, eating French toast in the wild, now that’s what living is all about. See you on our next adventure.


Special Thanks:

Moroots without whom the trip couldn’t have been such an amazing memory, also because she took most of the shots of me. 🙂

David Gonahasa who is building the future right before our eyes at Roundbob

Siima, Gilbert and Rudende  and the whole X FM Crew who brought fire and spirit to the the wild. Those guys are LIT!

The #KoiKoiUG guys who make every adventure one worthy of the name.

3 thoughts on “6 Things You Can Do With Your Shell Gas Ka-Portable.

  1. Wow wow… I was forced to read this in this un-sober state, but it all makes perfect sense…
    I need me a shell gas ka-portable for my tiny room that seldom has many chairs…
    Thank you for sharing, #koikoiUg all the way…


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