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Critique My Packing List

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

  1. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

    Dec 10, 2005
    I don't carry a spare H4 bulb all the time, but when I do it's in a short section of black insulation for 1/2" plumbing. I put a bit of paper towel around the glass part first then put it in the insulation tube then put that all in a ziplock.

    I tried cases and medicine bottles, but any bottle large enough to take the H4 flange was pretty big.

    Comment on the original list. I take more gloves. Gloves for dry and gloves for wet and gloves for cold and gloves for . . . . Fewer underwear and socks (you replied to this idea earlier).
  2. Boston813

    Boston813 Been here awhile

    Sep 10, 2010
    I haven't done much bike touring but I have gone for week+ hiking trips in the back woods and I was able to get down to a really light pack. There are a few things that I would add / change. All of this of course is personal in the end so you will have to do what is right for you.

    +1 on ditching the pillow. You already have a fleece with you.
    Unless the Carhart pants are for riding I go for something lighter that will dry in a reasonable amount of time if they get wet.
    5 socks + a pair of wool seems overkill. With a bit of washing 3 pair of smart wool socks will keep you warm in the winter and wick away sweat in the summer with a minimum amount of washing.

    I know you posted a first aid kit but that is different things for different folks. Most people look at it as a few band aids and some antiseptic but if you are worried enough to carry a splint you may want to toss in some quick clot or something similar.
    You can also pick up single use surgical staplers for a few bucks depending on how far out you are going.
    I have found that regular baking soda works far better for me than tums and since its a power it packs anywhere and you don't have to worry about it getting crushed.
    I'm a fan of taking a small dropper bottle of bleach along as well. A few drops in a water bottle will make all but the sketchiest of water safe (safer) in a pinch.

    I'm still not sure I see what the lantern is for that you can't do with the head lamp but if nothing else it would be best if they all used the same battery.

    If you find the right charger you may be able to get a single charger with multiple tips/cords for the things you need to charge.

    While ziplock bags are great you may want to add a few trash bags to that list as well. They pack down to almost nothing and will cover things, hold things and replace a ground tarp in a pinch.
  3. reinoud

    reinoud ntvblue

    Jun 23, 2010
    I always carry a spare clutch and brake lever with me on a trip.(bought it for little money at Hein Gericke) Whenever you're bike will fall( riding or on a parking lot) , you' ll be able to continue your trip.
  4. Witold

    Witold Been here awhile

    Jul 21, 2004
    If you've been doing this for years, you're in a great position to evaluate your packing list.

    Look at your bags and see what things you never use, and what things annoy you. Then replace with alternatives and do more testing. :evil

    I wouldn't switch around things to much. If it works for you, it works for you.
  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

    Feb 19, 2011
    July 22, 2012 start RTW from Vancouver, B.C.
    After ten months on the road we have dumped stuff twice. Take items that have dual purpose. Take the headlamp , but forget the flashlight and lantern. I never used my Swiss Army knife and only used the leatherman. I sent the shovel home. I never wished I had more stuff.

    Socks and underware are not luxury items so don't skimp there. To do laundry take a rubber flat disc sink stopper from a dollar store many sinks have no plugs in Latin America.

    Being cold and wet are the worst so take more gear for that.

    Driving from Inuvik to Panama City we found you can buy anything you need almost everywhere. Chain lube is not easy to find south of the US border. Oil was easy to find everywhere.

    Good luck.

  6. catweasel67

    catweasel67 Honda XRV 750 RD04

    Aug 18, 2009
    Vienna, Austria
    I'd add (or +1) one thing that's been hinted at..

    Don't be afraid to pack stuff up in a box and ship it home (or make arrangements to ship to a friend). I've done that on almost every trip I've made - it allows me to ship home stuff (souvenirs etc) that I've purchased along the way, plus those things that I thought I'd need but simply don't - that third pair of socks for example.
  7. gregsfrontporch

    gregsfrontporch B00b

    Sep 8, 2012
    Having lived out of a storage unit for the last 9 years, one would think that I've mastered the art of packing. I haven't. I think the best advice I can add is to look at the stuff you took with you at the end of the trip and identify the things you did not use. Don't pack those items the next time. Obviously that doesn't take into account things like a rain jacket you didn't wear because it didn't rain etc. You'll typically always want that.

    Basically I look at what space I have, take out all the things I think I want to take, then scale it down to what will actually fit. For air travel this should fit into a checked bag (25 to 30#'s max) a very light weight duffel and a laptop bag. I should be able to carry all without having to make multiple trips.

    Each trip is different and you need to identify what you expect to do.
    Generally, most of my trips are 4 weeks+, and for these I typically pack two pair pants (plus what I'm wearing) or two shorts and one pants (season/destination dependent), one long sleeve and two short sleeve shirts, about 5 sets of socks/scivvies. Toiletries, and we can't forget the bulking bag of electronics.

    That is pretty much it. OK, I know this is a motorcycle thread and I am referring to airline travel, but the same list fits cleanly into my panniers and top box, and is basically the same, If I intend to camp, a hennessey hammock, pad, sleeping bag, stove and bike tools, and the bulky riding gear are the only difference, and they all still fit cleanly with a couple of rox straps on the pillion.
  8. Ducati7444

    Ducati7444 Adventurer

    Feb 6, 2012
    I'm happy I read yours because I forgot toilet paper :deal
  9. atravlr

    atravlr Been here awhile

    Sep 22, 2010
    Arizona Desert
    :clapEmpty a small visine bottle or use a similar sized container and add liquid Benadryl. It saves a lot of down time scratching that skeeter or bug bite that will bother you all night or during the days ride where your gear comes into contact with it. Since you wrote down ear plugs, bring a extra handful they are cheap and you can stash them everywhere. I guarantee you will lose one if you only bring 1 set. Eye shades! If you are sick, hung over or just need an extra hour of sleep but that ray of sunlight is fighting you those eyeshades can buy some important snooze time and like the other 2 items they hardly take up any room. Good luck
  10. AdventurePoser

    AdventurePoser Long timer

    Nov 26, 2001
    in The Cloud
    Thanks for the camping list tips. I am going to SA for six months and I'm finding the knowledge of those who've gone before me to be invaluable.

    I am not a novice when it comes to packing my GSA, especially for two up camping. And I agree, less is more. For my upcoming California to Buenos Aires ride I'll have tons of room as I'm not riding two up.:rofl

    Thanks again for the great information!
  11. atravlr

    atravlr Been here awhile

    Sep 22, 2010
    Arizona Desert
    3 weeks of living in 2 bags

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    It all packed in these with tons of room to spare.

  12. AdventurePoser

    AdventurePoser Long timer

    Nov 26, 2001
    in The Cloud
    Looks good...less is more. I take pretty much the same kit whether I am gone for 5 days or a month. Since I do not cook on the road, deleting stove, utensils, cooking pot, etc, etc makes for easy packing.
  13. klous-1

    klous-1 RTW on a 125cc

    Dec 12, 2009
    Looks pretty good! SaraLous gives some good tips too.

    I'd ditch a few tools, though I agree that 3 tire spoons is a must, I've had a LOT of punctures!

    I'd ditch the CO2 and compressor (on a long trip at least) and take a more reliable (though harder work) bicycle pump.

    Perhaps Add:
    -rim-tapes (if necessary).
    - a valve core remover (metal).
    - If your bike doesn't have a side stand you might want to take a second stand, I use a metal thingy - that's on my website page (sorry for the plug I hate to spam).... http://www.talesfromthesaddle.com/about/gear.shtml
    - Electrical tester, has saved my bacon.

    You have spark plug listed, but I can't see the plug socket!

    Do you have anything bigger than 13mm, except the grips? I don't have grips but instead an adjustable. I also carry a 14mm, 17mm and 24mm as these are for my wheels (rear wheel adjustment) and oil plug.

    If it's a long trip you might want to add:

    feeler gauges to check the valves, check spark plug gap (just the gauges you need).
    A folding funnel for oil changes.
    A small carb jet for altitude (maybe).

    Clothing is very personal take solid waterproofing (over the motorcycle suit, inside waterproof liners aren't very good).

    Fleeces pack pretty big, I personally use a Rab Generator pull on, packs small is windproof and works well inside riding jacket too, and is warmer.

    Make sure you're sleeping pad is a super comfy 3" Exped mat, pack small, is warm and a lot mor ecomfortable than Thermarest types.

    I'd ditch the bear bag, shovel and flashlight. Use A bag, a rock and your headtorch (for this consider a charger and rechargeable AAAs or whatver).

    - a coffee "sock" or filter (MSR make a nice one)....especially if you are hitting up Colombia!
    - a well-sealed and small bottle for cooking oil.
    - a water filter (if you like camping). Some are cheap, steripens are garbage and the king is the Katadyn Pocket filter.

    -No bowls (to eat from), you have a pot.
    - I'd do away with the matches and lighter and take a firelighter (flint thingy)....that's just personal choice, I still have mine after 5 years of very regular use.


    I carry superglue, liquid gasket and a very much used PVC glue. Also a repair kit for the stove and for the matress. (sadly all used!).
    I also carry levers (brake, clutch in case of a break in a fall),
    -gear shifter (likewise),
    -clutch and throttle cables.
    - spare chain quick links.

    Engine Oil, you'll find that nearer the time.
    The rain cover.

    I'd recommend taking a kindle ebook. Good for rainy days in the tent....or ten rainy days.

    And a compass.

    But ditch the (Un)lonely planet guidebooks, good paper maps instead (but you have them listed).