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Old 12-19-2011, 10:49 AM   #46
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Ditch the guns.

I've gotten into "trouble" in some far away places (Arrested/questioned as an international spy in Zambia).

I talked my way out of it. If I had a gun on me? I'd probably still be in Zambian prison, instead of eating a whole brick of cheese while watching Maury in my parents' basement. From my (limited) experience, foreigners with guns don't bode well with anyone, anywhere.

We ended up befriending the prison guards, and they ended up wanting to show us around town! And now I have a picture of my friends and I posing IN ZAMBIAN PRISON with a bunch of smiling guards with machine guns.

You can make the world as friendly or scary as you want. Guns are a surefire way to raise the stakes. What's better: being seen as a target, or a threat by the locals? . Me and my cheese/daytime TV addiction would rather leave the instant death machines out of the equation.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:53 AM   #47
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By the way i'm not a spy....
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:18 PM   #48
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By the way i'm not a spy....
I find that difficult to believe, Mr. Smart.
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Old 12-19-2011, 02:33 PM   #49
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:40 PM   #50
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Yeah.....not sure what you have planned but i think those are supposed to be in some kind of package. Also, contrary to popular belief, they are NOT reusable.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:19 PM   #51
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Yeah.....not sure what you have planned but i think those are supposed to be in some kind of package. Also, contrary to popular belief, they are NOT reusable.
there ARE NOT?! Oh crap!

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Old 12-20-2011, 04:54 AM   #52
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Guns are a bad idea. If anyone here has used a gun in Africa, South America, etc., I'd like to hear that story.

Also, the L-shaped Army flashlight is junk. Get a $20 petzl headlamp, the three AAA batteries will last forever.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:08 AM   #53
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+1 for vise grips.
Once you're on the road, it's too late to gripe about a fastener that the kid at the dealer rounded off or buggered up so that a wrench won't fit, or barely will. I prefer the needle nose model so I can destroy small and large fasteners.
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Old 12-20-2011, 11:25 AM   #54
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I keep a needle nose vice grip in my tool kit after learning one could be used to temp fix a busted clutch cable. Got me 50 miles back to the house where I had my spare !!
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:22 AM   #55
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You may want to add this to the list:

-Cigarettes even if you don't smoke. Offer one and make a friend. Having the lighter could be very helpful too.
-Scan ALL your documents and email them to yourself.
-A couple of International licenses. If you meet annoying police that want to take your license away let them take that one and keep going.

And I would suggest NO guns if you are not traveling in your own country.
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Old 04-09-2013, 08:52 AM   #56
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Make sure you can remove axle nuts,pinch bolts,any nuts,bolts screws you MIGHT need to remove with the tools you are carrying.Many are very tight,loctighted, corroded,etc.Often the tool kit tools and cheap wrenches you are carrying are not capable of removing the offending fastener or they don't have enough leverage.Pre-remove at home with good tools and reassemble with the tools you are carrying on the trip.Try to get a sense of proper torque using a torque wrench and then "feeling" the equivalent torque with your carry wrenches and screw drivers.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:23 AM   #57
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By the way i'm not a spy....
That's exactly what a spy would say. Shoot him!



Love to hear more about your African adventures.

Kevan

(On my only trip out of the country to Mexico I took way more shit than I needed, but definitely no guns. The Federale's down there aren't crazy about gringo's with guns)
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Old 04-10-2013, 04:40 PM   #58
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Laugh

200 miles home on a Sunday, in the middle of nowhere.

I second the recommendation for electrical tape, duct tape, and vice grips.



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Old 04-11-2013, 03:42 PM   #59
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Zip Ties!!!!!

Zip-ties.. keep a bunch of zip ties handy, they'll get you out of trouble so much... mostly for temporary fixes, but you will be happy you brought them.
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:24 AM   #60
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I never leave the house without earplugs, those cheap foamy ones. I stash them in all my bags and pockets in all of my clothes. If your in a safe location with no worries I squeeze them in then put on my eyes shades and grab that well deserved slumber. I dont use them in shitty areas, I like to hear everything going on outside. You need at least one good nights sleep every 3-5 days while on the road, so sometimes you need to splurge on decent accomodations so you can stay sharp and not be totally exhausted. A decent sleeping pill also will help get you into that deep sleep mode if you are in a safe but noisy area.

Earplugs, eyeshades, and sleeping pills do not take up hardly any room any bag what so ever.

When I leave the country into a remote area a heavy pain killer (over the counter or prescription) can ease immediate pain and suffering so it might also be easier to bring your own than try to scramble in pain to find something to ease the pain where you do not speak the language with a 100% confidence.
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