Critique My Packing List

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by pirate gonzo, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. pirate gonzo

    pirate gonzo Weirdo

    Jul 26, 2011
    West Bend WI
    I thought it would be nice to have a place to post your packing list and let others give their opinion on what you should have or lose. Plus get ideas from other packing lists.

    Here is my packing list that I have been using for a few years. I never have used hotel rooms when traveling by motorcycle so I carry everything for camping always. This list is good for me if I'm going for a weekend or a month.

    I am always open for suggestions, what do you think?

    • Ground Tarp
    • Pillow
    • Sleeping Bag
    • Sleeping Pad
    • Tent
    • Tent Poles
    • Tent Rain Fly
    • Tent Stakes

    • 2 Shirts
    • Carhart Pants
    • 5 Underwear
    • 5 Socks
    • Camp Shoes
    • Riding Boots
    • Hat
    • Riding Jacket
    • Riding Pants
    • Fleece
    • Helmet
    • Belt
    • Riding Gloves
    • Long Underwear
    • Camp Pants
    • Sweater
    • Wool Socks/Liners
    • Heavy Gloves
    • Jacket Liner
    • Waterproof Gloves

    • First Aid Kit
    • Advil
    • Deodorant
    • Gas X
    • Imodium
    • Pepcid
    • Toilet Paper
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Wet Naps
    • Towel
    • Tooth Brush/Paste
    • Tums
    • Q-Tips
    • Icy Hot
    • Soap
    • Splint
    • Gold Bond

    • Stove
    • Stove Fuel
    • Waterbottle
    • Food
    • Sponge
    • Pots/Handle
    • Bowls
    • Matches
    • Lighter
    • Utensils
    • Salt & Pepper

    • Straps
    • Pack Rain Cover
    • Stuff Sacks
    • Dry Bags
    • Spare Keys
    • Ear Plugs

    • Flashlight
    • Lantern
    • Headlamp
    • Bug Spray
    • Shovel
    • Bear Bag

    • 10, 12, 13 Wrenches
    • 8, 10, 12, 13 Socket
    • Ratchet
    • Allen Wrenches
    • CO2 Tire Kit
    • Compressor (Air Pump)
    • Crescent Wrench
    • Duct Tape
    • Electrical Tape
    • Fuses
    • Jumper Cables
    • Multi Screwdriver
    • Multi-Tool (Leatherman)
    • Spark Plug
    • Swiss Army Knife
    • Tire Gauge
    • Tire Spoons (3)
    • Tubes
    • Vice Grip
    • Zip Ties
    • Side Cutters
    • Cotter Pins
    • Valve Stems

    • Batteries
    • Camera
    • Camera Case
    • 4 SD Card
    • 2 Go Pro
    • 2 Go Pro Mount
    • 2 Go Pro Case
    • 4 Go Pro SD Card
    • Go Pro Charger
    • Phone
    • Phone Charger
    • GPS
    • GPS Charger
    • Small Flex Tripod
    • Tablet w/keyboard

    • Plastic Bags
    • Wallet
    • Maps
    • Cash
    • Pen & Notepad
    • Copies of Paperwork (emailed to self)
    • Driver's License
    • Insurance Card
    • Registration
    • Non-Resident Insurance
    • Passport
  2. OrangeYZ

    OrangeYZ Long timer

    Feb 11, 2008
    Southern Oregon
    When you take off for a trip, do you know whether it will be a weekend or a month, or do you decide that sort of thing on the third day? The way you wrote it, it looks like you take all of that stuff regardless of how long you'll be going or what season.

    Do you really need or want 5 pairs of socks and underwear and 3 sets of pants and gloves for a weekend trip?

    Jacket/Fleece/Sweater/Jacket Liner +
    Riding pants Carhart pants Heavy pants +
    Riding Gloves Waterproof Gloves Heavy Gloves = Damn dude

    I used to carry a ton of tools too. For all of your tools, evaluate what you will actually use it for, and if it will actually work for that.
    What does a Swiss Army Knife do that a Leatherman can't?
    Practice tire changing and get down to 2 tire spoons
    What do you need side cutters for that the Leatherman can't do?
    Is the crescent wrench just for your axles and nothing else? Get smaller lighter wrenches of the correct size.
    Your spare tubes probably include valve stems.
    Your jumper cables and shovel are miniature versions right?
    I bet a spare fastener kit would be more useful than cotter pins
    Do you really think you will need that spare spark plug? If you do, do you have a spark plug wrench or socket for it?

    Flashlight and a lantern and a headlamp?
    Soap and Hand sanitizer?
    What does a sponge and wet naps do that toilet paper can't?

    I can see all of the chargers and spare batteries for a month trip, but is a weekend trip long enough for any of your batteries to need recharging?
    Don't tablets have a keyboard on the screen?

    Having a list of everything to remember, and then deciding what stuff to leave at home before you leave is good. Otherwise, your weekend in July list should probably not be the same as your Alaska in April list.

    Edit to add my list(s), for some reason I've been posting in a lot of "What to take" threads lately
    To cover everything from a day trip on a 2-stroke dirt bike, to riding to Alaska on a KLR

    6,8,10,12mm sockets, plus 1/4" ratchet and 6" extension
    8,10,12,13mm wrenches. I used to carry stubby wrenches for 12 and 13, but they weren't long enough to get an oil plug out without kicking and screaming
    2 tire spoons, bicycle pump, couple of patch kits (get these from a bicycle shop, not a hardware store), Tiny can of WD40, pressure gauge and a 21" tube
    KTM axle wrench if I'm on a KTM, goddamn crescent wrench on the KLR
    Allen wrench set
    zip ties, spare bolt set

    Four stroke oil on either four stroke (450EXC or KLR)
    regular can of chain lube on the Alaska trip, tiny can for the 450 Idaho trip
    Oiled air filters for trips longer than a couple of days

    Gotta go pretend to work, to be continued
  3. ParaMud

    ParaMud Been here awhile

    Jun 8, 2008
    Orange, CA
    Is there a need to carry oil? All gas stations have a ton. If you break your case, then you will need a full change out and not just 1 quart.
  4. pirate gonzo

    pirate gonzo Weirdo

    Jul 26, 2011
    West Bend WI
    As far as the socks and underwear go, I know I over pack them. I have a thing for clean socks and underwear at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day.

    The pants I wear the Carhart pants and the riding pants at the same time all the time. That is my safety gear. The camp pants are backpacking pants that I wear at the end of the day. So technically I am carrying 3 pairs but I wear 2 of them while riding the bike so I am really only packing one pair of pants.

    Yep, I carry 3 pairs of gloves. I like having warm dry hands.

    I carry the Swiss on me in my pants pocket all the time. The leatherman is packed away. I am used to having my Swiss with me everywhere so that is why I have both.

    The spoons I have lock together as a three pack so I always just threw them in as one.

    True, I'll toss it.

    It also saved a guy that had his front sprocket come loose and I happened upon him. It isn't a heavy wrench, about 8" long. I'm sure it weighs the same as two proper size wrenches but more versatile.

    My spare tubes don't, they are my old tubes and I pull the valves out to make it easier to compress them. My valve stem kit is wrapped up in my tire changing kit and doesn't take up much room.

    Yes, the shovel is a folding shovel for burying your own waste in the woods. I mostly use it for digging fire pits so it really is a novelty item. The jumper cables are made from spare accessories to a couple of battery tenders I purchased. They pack really small and actually saved me once.

    Probably, I only carry a couple of cotters for when the rear axle one gets weak.

    No, I don't. I haven't ever needed it. It is just one of those things that sits next to my spare fuses and is always on the bike. Yes, I do have the factory tool kit on the bike.

    To be fair it is over kill but the lantern is real small, not like a full size one. The flashlight stays on the bike and the headlamp is in my camping gear/

    Soap for washing dishes and myself in the shower. Hand sanitizer I keep on the bike for gas stops etc.

    Sponge cleans my pots and pans. The wet naps wash my back side after the toilet paper is done. I like having a clean back side on the road.

    Average battery on a GoPro is about 2.5 hours, My camera is good for about 500 pictures, and my phone about a day. I can turn the phone off when I don't have service but as long as I do my wife tracks my progress through Google Latitude.

    Yes they do, but I write a blog of my trips and every night I write about the days events. Doing that with out a physical keyboard and a lantern is almost impossible.

    Alas, I have had 40 degree rainy days in July and glad I had long underwear and warm dry gloves.
  5. pirate gonzo

    pirate gonzo Weirdo

    Jul 26, 2011
    West Bend WI
    I sometimes carry a quart of oil, mostly because I ride a KLR and always remember that I didn't check my oil 5 miles after I left the gas station.
  6. 568V8

    568V8 Ontario Vstrommer

    Jun 20, 2008
    Kingston, Ontario
    Save the space and just use a stuff bag with some of your clothes.
  7. pirate gonzo

    pirate gonzo Weirdo

    Jul 26, 2011
    West Bend WI
    It's in the same dry bag as my sleeping bag. It's a camping pillow and really wouldn't save any space if I took it out.

    I do actually use it along with my stuff sack of clothes as I like sleeping with two pillows at home.
  8. Cerberus83

    Cerberus83 The Wingman

    Feb 4, 2010
    Cleveland, OH
    I thought about carrying a gal of oil (full synt) on my 5.5K mile trip to NL, but I would imagine that there are places on the way where I can buy full synt motorcycle oil (Adv Autoparts, for example) and just change it on the road....

    The list looks nice, but if it's for quite a long time. For a wkend / 4-5 day trip, I would cut it down to essentials.
  9. OrangeYZ

    OrangeYZ Long timer

    Feb 11, 2008
    Southern Oregon
    If I break my case it's because I was doing dumb off road things. And I only do dumb off road things on the 450, and a quart is just about a full change out on the 450 :D

    But really:
    Gas stations don't usually carry motorcycle specific oil
    And if I'm low on oil, it's only by about a cup and I usually discover it when I'm stopped in the middle of nowhere. It wouldn't make much sense to buy a quart of oil at a gas station, use a cup and throw the rest of it away. So I'll be carrying a quart container anyway, so I might as well carry the oil that I want from the beginning.

    For an oil change I figure on doing it in a town with a motorcycle shop. Buy a quart, use that and 0.2 quarts from the one I've been carrying, leave town with 0.8 quarts, minus whatever I've burned or leaked up until then.

    I KNEW IT!
  10. Moto Mikey

    Moto Mikey Been here awhile

    Jun 28, 2008
    Charlottesville, VA
  11. pirate gonzo

    pirate gonzo Weirdo

    Jul 26, 2011
    West Bend WI
    That is a very detailed packing list.

    I just bookmarked your site and look forward to your travels.
  12. OrangeYZ

    OrangeYZ Long timer

    Feb 11, 2008
    Southern Oregon
    Continuing from above:
    Forgot Leatherman with the tools, always on my belt

    Tent, sleeping bag.
    Pad and pillow if I'm on the KLR, but not the KTM. Even if I had the space on the KTM, it would add too much bulk and ruin the off road fun.
    pair of shorts and T-shirt for sleeping
    1 spare pair of underwear and set of socks
    Liner from my Fieldsheer jacket as a jacket and pillow

    No food or cooking gear, I eat at gas stations.
    Water in a 2L camelback, plus a couple of liter bottles in back pack

    Breakdown saw strapped to head light
    Small hatchet in backpack which was completely worthless. I'll either take a bigger one next trip, or leave it.
    Binoculars are where I splurge on weight and bulk for something that I don't actually need.
    Flashlight, compass, lighter, SPOT, TP, bug spray, first aid kit in back pack.

    Camera could be in backpack, or Fieldsheer pocket, or pouch zip tied to chest protector.
    Pen and a map end up in the same place as the camera, rest of the maps in the backpack.

    Everything adds up.
    We all have different ideas of what is worth the price of weight and bulk, but "I wouldn't gain space if I left the pillow at home" is false. It's worth it because you want the pillow and have space for it, and you're probably not doing anything where the handling penalty matters, but it is there.

    I thought "It's just a map, they're only paper and it won't add too much weight," Until I bought 15 of them and they barely fit in my backpack. Then when I got them crammed in there my balance was thrown off enough that easy fun trails were dangerous trails, and I didn't even want to try dangerous trails :eek1
  13. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

    Apr 3, 2010
    Southwest England
    Here is what I am taking for a 6-12 month trip to Central and Southern Asia, I will post a full list when I have written one but as you can see it is quite minimal. I have made a few trips of this length and have found that less is more.


    All of that fits into here.


    To be carried on this.


    I also expect to have a small bag with food on it strapped on the rack.
  14. pirate gonzo

    pirate gonzo Weirdo

    Jul 26, 2011
    West Bend WI
    I am interested in seeing your list.

    I'll have to pull my gear out this weekend, photograph it, and pack it.
  15. LWRider

    LWRider Been here awhile

    Aug 4, 2011
    Lake Wales, Central Florida
    I like to carry spare bulbs for headlight and signals. Yeah, if they go out in the day, big deal and you can find them most small towns in the US, but if the headlamp goes on some dark road in east GA late at night you are going to have to camp right there, unless you have a spare.


  16. pirate gonzo

    pirate gonzo Weirdo

    Jul 26, 2011
    West Bend WI
    I had my low beam go out about an hour and a half from home after 12 hours on the road. It was dark out but I have a set of PIAA lights and those were good for getting through towns and then I just ran the high beam outside of town.

    If both my high and low went out I would have been cooked.

    How do you carry yours? I suppose I would have to find a hard case of some sort.
  17. LWRider

    LWRider Been here awhile

    Aug 4, 2011
    Lake Wales, Central Florida
    I keep them in a ziplock bag and try to cushion them among the luggage on my Bonnie. On my CB350 I have a small fork bag where all the bulbs, fuses, spare plugs, small screwdrivers, etc. are kept.

    First time I realized my headlight had gone out I was in the middle of a tunnel on the BRP!


  18. AdventurePoser

    AdventurePoser Long timer

    Nov 26, 2001
    in The Cloud
    Maybe see you on the road...departing for six months in October 2013

    Now, back to the topic on hand!

  19. Mrs.Murphy

    Mrs.Murphy n00b

    Mar 20, 2011
    Had to check and see if the old man had an alias. Same list we've used for thirty years - for 2 days or 2 weeks. Works for us.
  20. Moto Mikey

    Moto Mikey Been here awhile

    Jun 28, 2008
    Charlottesville, VA