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Old 06-18-2006, 04:50 AM   #1
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My Alaska Trip Packing List

I thought some of you might find this interesting (shows you how boring my life it!). I packed the DL650 V Strom this weekend and did a two day trip up to New Hampshire. Wanted to see how the bike packed and unpacked and handled with all the gear I'll be taking to Alaska.
Below is a list of gear. It all fit easily with lots of room to spare.......



CLOTHING:
6 Wicking T Shirts
2 Pairs Jeans
6 pair wicking undershorts
12 pair wicking socks
1 polar fleece sweater
1 long johns
1 Hat
1 Bug Net Hat
Camp Shoes
Bathing Suit
Electric Jacket
Jacket Cord
Ditty Bag for dirty clothes

CAMPING:
Tent
Ground Cloth
Sleep Pad
Sleeping Bag
Collapsible pillow
Towel
Wash Cloth
Toilet Bag
Unscented Soap
Unscented deodorant
Unscented toothpaste
Razor
Toothbrush
Hair brush
Flashlight
Headlight
Stove
Coffee Pot
Coffee Cup
Bowl
Cook Pan
Utensils
Portable Radio
Tarp
Collapsible Cooler (optional)


MOTORCYCLE SUPPLIES:
Tire Repair Kit
Tire Irons
Compressor
Tool Kit
First Aid Kit
Motorcycle Cover
Wire
Various Nuts and Bolts
Wire Ties
Duct Tape
Multi Tool
Face Shield cleaner
Rags
Security Cable
Gas Cans
Rope (25’)


RIDING GEAR:
Three season Jacket
Air Pants
Over Pants Rain Pants
Riding Boots
Air Gloves
Three Season Gloves
Helmet
Extra Face Shield (optional)


PERSONAL GEAR:
Extra Eye Glasses
Sun Glasses
Ear Plugs
Canada Insurance Certificate
Passport or "Stamped" birth certificate
Registration
Drivers License
Medical Cards (Med Jet & BCBS)
Various Credit Cards
AAA Card
Point and shoot camera
Nikon D70 SLR / Lens
Movie Camera
Fishing gear (two sets)
Cell Phone
Cell Phone Cord
Lap Top
Lap Top Cord
Battery charger (AA Rechargeable)
Maps
Alaska Books
Toilet Paper
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Old 06-18-2006, 05:36 AM   #2
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Canada

What's a Canada Insurance Certificate? Why is it needed and how does one get one?

Also, I believe you need a passport for Canada as of a few months ago.

You're bringing a laptop to Alaska?

Any garbage bags to keep the dirty clothes separate? Just a thought.
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Old 06-18-2006, 05:46 AM   #3
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You may want to add some bottled water to your list.
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Old 06-18-2006, 06:17 AM   #4
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If you have an accident or get stopped for a traffic violation the RCMP will ask you for a "proof of Insurance" card that you can easily obtain from your insurance company in the states. This card proves that you have insurance on your bike. If you don't have this card your bike will be impounded until you can prove insurance.................

I have a cloth "Ditty-bag" in the pack for dirty cloths

Bottles water and other consumables are bought along the way........
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Old 06-18-2006, 06:17 AM   #5
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You do not need a passport for entrance into Canada until 2007
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Old 06-18-2006, 06:43 AM   #6
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I'd like to see a pix with your bike loaded. My hopes of an Alaska trip are dimming but I appreciate you posting your list. Have you done this before? What route are you taking and how many days are you allowing for?
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Old 06-18-2006, 10:03 AM   #7
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My Canadian insurance cert did not arrive in time for my trip last year, it was a bit of a hassle to get. I though I was gonna be screwed when the RCMP pulled me for for 80+ on the Stewart-Cassier. I gave him my US insurance card w/ the other stuff, no worries, he wroye me a ticket and warned me about hitting a moose at speed.

I would still try to get the Cnadian insurance dopcument but it looks like the officer has some discretion...


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If you have an accident or get stopped for a traffic violation the RCMP will ask you for a "proof of Insurance" card that you can easily obtain from your insurance company in the states. This card proves that you have insurance on your bike. If you don't have this card your bike will be impounded until you can prove insurance.................

I have a cloth "Ditty-bag" in the pack for dirty cloths

Bottles water and other consumables are bought along the way........
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Old 06-18-2006, 10:12 AM   #8
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Random nuts and bolts and a few specific V Strom bolts (fairing screws, brake caliper bolts, etc)

I have a copy of the Mile Post and have memorized it cover to cover...:-)

We are going for 5 weeks.....

Route is up through Montana, glacier park, Banff, Jasper, Alcan, etc, etc, etc,,,,

Here is a picture of the bike loaded....



You can follow along on our trip here....

www.motoalaska.blogspot.com
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Old 06-18-2006, 06:46 PM   #9
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proof of insurance

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If you don't have this card your bike will be impounded until you can prove insurance.................
They will not impound your bike, at the most you will get a fine. However, you should carry proof of insurace with you. I carry mine with my ownership and license.
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Old 06-18-2006, 07:57 PM   #10
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Rain-X for mirrors/wShield/faceshield/headlights/faceshield (got it)
Duck Tape (only part of a roll flattened) (Got two small rolls sold in Camp Dept at Wally World)
Electric Tape (only part of a roll flattened) (Yup)
Small Sharp Knife (Got lots of knives...I like knives... )
3 or 4+ various sized plastic bags (it rains a lot there) (got em')
Spare keys for everything securely hidden away on cables front of bars. (I do this as a matter of course on all my bikes, but I can't remember where I hid them...!)
Tire Pump-Electric (small BigLots $7.99, pretty essential) (Com-on...you musn't know me very well...I'm the farkle King!...My bike even has 117V AC...)
Spare fuses for bike (Yup)
Decent can opener (Electric...It works off the 117V inverter....)
1/2 bottle of Dawn Soap to wash pans & bike/windshield
Pint of Detergent for clothes (I'll buy it at Laundermat)
Matches/Cig Lighter (Of course!)
Few small candles ($2 to $3.00) (Nope......)
Small folding saw for firewood (You bet ya!)
Small Binocular (or monocular) (In the tank bag..a Kowa spotting scope resides in the Pelican case....along with a tripod...)
Assorted 1st Aid (bandaides and especially tape for turnacate)
Salt/Pepper/SweetLow/Creamer (donated by McDonalds)
I also carry a disposable camera as a backup.
Pepper spray (for grizzley, sort of a joke)
Tire repair kit. (at least half the people in route have a flat)
At lease $800 cash for emergencies/tires/tire changes, repairs. (Got all of the above covered in one way or another...)

Also someone of this board suggested take all your luggage and make sure they weigh no more than about 40 lbs I don't get this... care to elaborate?

Thanks..........
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Old 06-18-2006, 09:27 AM   #11
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1 Bug Net Hat


Unscented Soap

Unscented deodorant
Unscented toothpaste


Alaska Books
No need for the BUG NET!!! The Mosquitoes will get you no matter what!!! What you need is 100% DET...they sell it in AK not sure about the lower 48, forget teh best brand, red cap w/ yellow can, worth the $5!!! Trust me...lived up there for a few years it will save your life. As far as the unscented products, not sure if it is neccisary, if the bear is going to eat you he doesnt care what you smell like...food now thats another story. I hope the Alaska book is a Milepost..IT is the ONLY must have for any trip to and from AK. It marks out every inch of the Alaska Hwy and what is where. Awesome book...if you dont have one get one. You might want to add a rescue/safety whistle, can be used to scare away the bears, since you cant travle with Bear Away in Canada. Yes you need the Candian Insurance card and a Birth Cert. or Passport. Be prepared to unload everything at the border, some days they are very fussy about what comes in and out. I had to unload over 1/2 of the bed of my truck two trips ago...its was full too, last time just drove through no problems. Good Luck and have a safe trip you will love it.
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Old 06-20-2006, 03:42 PM   #12
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You might want to add a rescue/safety whistle, can be used to scare away the bears, since you cant travle with Bear Away in Canada.
From my research on bears, I'd feel safer with one of these than a rescue/safety whistle. Don't know if they work 100% or not, but I do know these things will pierce your eardrums and would make me get away from you pronto.

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Old 06-20-2006, 05:11 PM   #13
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I'm trying to figure out where to mount the thing. It's got to be at easy reach ... A drink holder, maybe?
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:08 PM   #14
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THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED TO THE LAST GUY THAT TRIED TO BLOW AN AIR HORN AT A BEAR.......................

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Old 06-20-2006, 09:58 PM   #15
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That doesn't look like a very good solution, Roy. Maybe you would be better off wearing this:




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