use rucksacks strapped to their backs. These can be purchased
locally for about 500Ksh (about £5). I bought a small
version for 300Ksh. They are not specially made and have no
compartments that can be used to separate different items.
They do have pockets on the outside but these again are not
purpose built and are used as best they can e.g. for small
tablets, paper and pens, knives etc. The shopkeeper claims
they are waterproof but the paravets wouldn't agree. Nor is
the material very tough.
Inside the rucksack everything is packed haphazardly
in a plastic bag and dumped in the rucksack. Although glass
bottles are protected in a cardboard box, they are not easily
held upright and so liquids can easily leak out. Syringes
are kept in plastic bags with the needles kept separately
in the plastic box in which they are bought.
Apparently some carry their equipment in boxes strapped to
the back of their bikes but I didn't see any using that method.
They did experiment with trailers but they didn't prove to
be popular because of more punctures, often generated by children
taking them into the fields to play.
The paravets reckon they can carry about 70
kilos on a good, flat road but most of the time 50 kilos is
the maximum (the weight of a bag of cement). Women tend to
carry less, averaging about 25 kilos.