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Old 09-04-2014, 07:55 PM   #1
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5 items you won't leave home without

Maybe it's been done, if not I hope this can be fun and insightful.

List 5 things you would never go on an extended trip without. Let's exclude bike farkles including GPS as well as rain gear. We can probably also exclude obvious items that nearly everyone would bring, like "tent". Unless perhaps it's a very unique, innovative and little known variation. Again, insight is as important as amusement in this exercise.

Mine:

1. Bluetooth headset. Riding hundreds or thousands of miles without music will never again be an option. Game changer.

2. Air mattress. Again, game changer. My Big Agnes packs small and is probably the best bang for the buck purchase of all my gear.

3. Kelty Noah's Tarp. Having a fire and relaxing outside while everyone else hunkers down in their tent to avoid the rain is priceless.

4. MSR 6L Dromedary Bag. I simply don't leave home without it. 'Nuff said.

5. Kermit Chair. I just recently received this as a Father's Day/Birthday present but when I bust it out I'm the envy of my group. I can see this turning into a lasting relationship. Is also the perfect companion when utilizing #3 from above.

What's yours?
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Old 09-05-2014, 03:42 AM   #2
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I carry something's with me all the time, ie phone, driving license, credit cards, ATM cards etc so, excluding those:

Passport
iPod
Garmin 660
A book or books (am pondering a kindle)
Hydration pack
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:58 AM   #3
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1. Glock 19
2. Garmin 660 (has my music/audio books)
3. Stanley Adventure cookset
4. inReach SE (when going remote alone)
5. iPad or laptop.
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:58 AM   #4
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Discussed... couple pages back...

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=959885
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:37 AM   #5
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Sure, there are plenty of threads on "what do you take?" and the answers usually range from 1 (not enough to be extremely insightful) to way too many to actually bother reading.

I though 5 might be a handy target.

Also, please refrain from listing your GPS (as requested in the original post) as that is going to be common to 90% of the responses otherwise. Let's list less obvious items, please?
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:10 AM   #6
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:13 AM   #7
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1.) credit card and/or cash;

2.) camera;

3.) phone [for the GPS and/or emergency calls];

4.) earbuds for music [maybe this should be #1 on the list];

5.) a positive attitude 'cause I ain't working!!!
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Old 09-05-2014, 12:31 PM   #8
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Hmmmm....

1) Water
2) GPS
3) Wallet
4) Snacks
5) Matches
can't get it down to 5
6) Leatherman
7) Glucose Tablets
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Old 09-05-2014, 01:12 PM   #9
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1) Water
2) GPS
3) Wallet
4) Snacks
5) Matches
can't get it down to 5
6) Leatherman
7) Glucose Tablets
Eliminate #1 and #4 'cause you get those with your wallet. Now you're down to 5.
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Old 09-05-2014, 01:26 PM   #10
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9 posts already and no one has posted condoms? Hmmm interesting.
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Old 09-05-2014, 01:36 PM   #11
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9 posts already and no one has posted condoms? Hmmm interesting.
That's what's in my wallet. That same unopened condom I've optimistically and sadly had in there for about three years.
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Old 09-05-2014, 03:04 PM   #12
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9 posts already and no one has posted condoms? Hmmm interesting.
How are we supposed to leave a lasting legacy with those?
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Old 09-05-2014, 03:52 PM   #13
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:46 PM   #14
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That's what's in my wallet. That same unopened condom I've optimistically and sadly had in there for about three years.
I've got one in my jacket. Not sure why, don't really intend on using it anytime soon.
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Old 09-05-2014, 06:48 PM   #15
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1. spare batteries for electronics, flashlights, etc.
2. A platy bag of wine or my micro-cooler with a couple of beers
3. a BFK (big f'ing knife)
4. a mini sun shower, the domedary bag, and a pack towel (for any overnights into the wilds)
5. a credit card, just in case

And all that you said already, but just haven't bought the kermit yet...the shiznit for a chair. I have the a-lite balance chair - it's small but it's a PITA.

There are other things that are always with me, like....
1. spare keys for the bikes
2. a compass, fire starter, and compass (old school survival stuff)
3. camera
3. cell phone
4. e-cig
5. swiss army multi
6. glasses/contacts
7. sunscreen and bug spray
8. a few lengths of para-cord
9. snacks - I'm hypoglycemic - having something to replenish blood sugar can make or break a day or ride.
10. water, preferably iced down in a hydration pack
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