My Alaska Trip Packing List

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by RoyB, Jun 18, 2006.

  1. RoyB

    RoyB Dartmouth, Massacusetts

    Aug 3, 2004
    Dartmouth, MA
    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.......

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    6 Wicking T Shirts<o:p></o:p>
    2 Pairs Jeans<o:p></o:p>
    6 pair wicking undershorts<o:p></o:p>
    12 pair wicking socks<o:p></o:p>
    1 polar fleece sweater<o:p></o:p>
    1 long johns<o:p></o:p>
    1 Hat<o:p></o:p>
    1 Bug Net Hat<o:p></o:p>
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    Bathing Suit<o:p></o:p>
    Electric Jacket<o:p></o:p>
    Jacket Cord
    Ditty Bag for dirty clothes
    Ground Cloth<o:p></o:p>
    Sleep Pad<o:p></o:p>
    Sleeping Bag<o:p></o:p>
    Collapsible pillow<o:p></o:p>
    Wash Cloth<o:p></o:p>
    Toilet Bag<o:p></o:p>
    Unscented Soap<o:p></o:p>
    Unscented deodorant<o:p></o:p>
    Unscented toothpaste<o:p></o:p>
    Hair brush<o:p></o:p>
    Coffee Pot<o:p></o:p>
    Coffee Cup<o:p></o:p>
    Cook Pan<o:p></o:p>
    Portable Radio<o:p></o:p>
    Collapsible Cooler (optional)<o:p></o:p>
    Tire Repair Kit<o:p></o:p>
    Tire Irons<o:p></o:p>
    Tool Kit<o:p></o:p>
    First Aid Kit<o:p></o:p>
    Motorcycle Cover<o:p></o:p>
    Various Nuts and Bolts<o:p></o:p>
    Wire Ties<o:p></o:p>
    Duct Tape<o:p></o:p>
    Multi Tool<o:p></o:p>
    Face Shield cleaner<o:p></o:p>
    Security Cable<o:p></o:p>
    Gas Cans<o:p></o:p>
    Rope (25’)<o:p></o:p>
    RIDING GEAR:<o:p></o:p>
    Three season Jacket<o:p></o:p>
    Air Pants<o:p></o:p>
    Over Pants Rain Pants<o:p></o:p>
    Riding Boots<o:p></o:p>
    Air Gloves<o:p></o:p>
    Three Season Gloves<o:p></o:p>
    Extra Face Shield (optional)<o:p></o:p>
    PERSONAL GEAR:<o:p></o:p>
    Extra Eye Glasses<o:p></o:p>
    Sun Glasses<o:p></o:p>
    Ear Plugs<o:p></o:p>
    <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Canada</st1:place></st1:country-region> Insurance Certificate
    Passport or "Stamped" birth certificate<o:p></o:p>
    Drivers License<o:p></o:p>
    Medical Cards (Med Jet & BCBS)<o:p></o:p>
    Various Credit Cards<o:p></o:p>
    AAA Card<o:p></o:p>
    Point and shoot camera<o:p></o:p>
    Nikon D70 SLR / Lens<o:p></o:p>
    Movie Camera<o:p></o:p>
    Fishing gear (two sets)<o:p></o:p>
    Cell Phone<o:p></o:p>
    Cell Phone Cord<o:p></o:p>
    Lap Top<o:p></o:p>
    Lap Top Cord<o:p></o:p>
    <st1:place w:st="on">Battery</st1:place> charger (AA Rechargeable)<o:p></o:p>
    <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Alaska</st1:place></st1:State> Books<o:p></o:p>
    Toilet Paper<o:p></o:p>
  2. MisterBuckeye

    MisterBuckeye Go Bucks!

    Sep 20, 2005
    Surprise, AZ
    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.
  3. bemiiten

    bemiiten League of Adventures

    Jul 10, 2003
    Hamilton NJ.
    You may want to add some bottled water to your list. :1drink
  4. RoyB

    RoyB Dartmouth, Massacusetts

    Aug 3, 2004
    Dartmouth, MA
    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........
  5. RoyB

    RoyB Dartmouth, Massacusetts

    Aug 3, 2004
    Dartmouth, MA
    You do not need a passport for entrance into Canada until 2007
  6. BUBB

    BUBB lynch not Zimmerman

    Apr 29, 2003
    I'm here because I'm not all there.
    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?
  7. ghostdncr

    ghostdncr Burnin' daylight...

    Apr 8, 2006
    Louisville, KY
  8. waorgany

    waorgany Adventurer

    Oct 28, 2005
    Northern NY
    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 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.
  9. deepcdiver

    deepcdiver Nobody Special

    Jan 19, 2004
    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...

  10. RoyB

    RoyB Dartmouth, Massacusetts

    Aug 3, 2004
    Dartmouth, MA
    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....[​IMG]


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

    BARB Long timer

    Sep 30, 2003
    Call your local insurer, they can hand write the little yellow Canada card while you wait. I've never had to order one or wait for one. Maybe it's just easier in Alaska because it's the only way out. Barb
  12. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

    Mar 13, 2004
    My insurance co. got me my card within a week. For every bike I had on their policy :D

    The Milepost was an OK reference but I got more use out of the lonely planet guide to alaska.

    5 weeks is good. That's what I did in the summer of 2004 and there was plenty of time. We had to adjust our schedule because of the fires that year and I was glad we had the extra time. If you have the chance to take the ferry for part of the way do it. There's scenery there that you won't see any other way.

    Everything strapped to the outside of your bike should be in a dry bag. You will be riding in the rain. I found the head net useful a few times. The bugs will get to you anyway but the net kept them out of my mouth.

    Have fun.
  13. Faustus

    Faustus Been here awhile

    Oct 31, 2005
    PNW...Motorcycle Nirvana
    What kind of dry bags are those and what size? Are those rok straps that you are using for tiedowns? Somebody has to ask the stupid questions:D. I'm leaving to Alaska next month on my klr and have not quite figured what type and size of rear seat bag I want/need to use to hold my camping gear....tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and what not. I've been looking at the helen twowheel gear and the stich duffel.

    Looking forward to your reports, ride safe! :ricky
  14. RoyB

    RoyB Dartmouth, Massacusetts

    Aug 3, 2004
    Dartmouth, MA
    Those bags are Ortlib, made in Germany and I've been using them for years. They come in three sizes with a long opening. The yellow one you see on my bike is the largest size. They've been thrown out of airplanes on hunting trips, been in capsized canoes in Canada and been tied to the back of various bikes for many multi week touring trips. Never an issue and never a drop of water inside. They simply can not be beat. Do a searchy for availability, but I believe I bought them from Aerostitch.

    The Helen Two Wheels stuff is also excellent. I have many friends using it without an issue.

    Everything I need in the tent, and want to stay dry goes in the Ortlib bqag. Clothing, towels, pillow, sleeping bag. In this way, once the tent is set up, this bag is put under the vestibule and serves well without taking up space in the tent.

    The only thing needed in the tent and not in the bag is the sleeping pad. It just won't fit. Too long.

    The straps are of my own design. I do not like, and won't use a hook or a strap made of any type of bungie material. Pictures to follow.

    I drilled and taped my luggage rack for 1/4 - 20 bolts and screwed these little 'Eye Bolts" in. I believe I also got them from Riders Warehouse (Aerostitch)

    BOHUNTR Character and Honor Count

    Sep 22, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    I'd put a good quality hunting knife in there somewhere.

    You don't have to spend a lot of cash to get one, Gerber makes a few and so does buck. You won't regret it.
  16. RoyB

    RoyB Dartmouth, Massacusetts

    Aug 3, 2004
    Dartmouth, MA
    These are the straps I made..........



    These are the screw in Eyes.......


  17. jkam

    jkam Nomadic Man

    Jul 8, 2001
    Somewhere out there
    12 pairs of socks!:eek1 Roy, you got a foot fetish or something?
  18. RoyB

    RoyB Dartmouth, Massacusetts

    Aug 3, 2004
    Dartmouth, MA
    There are very few things in life that feel as good as dry socks!

    And I don't want to spend every third or fourth day at the laundermat
  19. LewisNClark

    LewisNClark Long timer

    Apr 12, 2004
    North GA and Atlanta
    A MUST: A professionally done sign with your name like "John Doe was here July 2006- Atlanta Georgia) with two nail holes & two nails. A store there will let you rent a hammer. This is for Watson Lake signpost village.

    Rain-X for mirrors/wShield/faceshield/headlights/faceshield
    Duck Tape (only part of a roll flattened)
    Electric Tape (only part of a roll flattened)
    Small Sharp Knife
    3 or 4+ various sized plastic bags (it rains a lot there)
    Spare keys for everything securely hidden away on cables front of bars.
    Tire Pump-Electric (small BigLots $7.99, pretty essential)
    Spare fuses for bike
    Decent can opener
    1/2 bottle of Dawn Soap to wash pans & bike/windshield
    Pint of Detergent for clothes
    Matches/Cig Lighter
    Few small candles ($2 to $3.00)
    Small folding saw for firewood
    Small Binocular (or monocular)
    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.

    Also someone of this board suggested take all your luggage and make sure they weigh no more than about 40 lbs. (That may disqualify taking a Milepost; I took one and never opened it there)

    Also I have found I had rather take a day or 1/2 day rest day every 6 or 7 days and WASH CLOTHES, check bike fluids, tires, wash bike, etc. and rest so I can take less clothes. (Whitehorse and/or Watson Lake are perfect rest stops) Highly recommend the Coleman plastic bags for packing (sell at WalMart) will reduce size of clothes to about half by pressing out the air..great product. Also Walmart has the Mosquito head net for like $3.95....during July it is hard to breath due to the Mosquitoes.

    Final thought - I put less used stuff on the right side of bike bags. My Tank bags has a list of what is in each bag in case I forget. Also I bought two $15 small waterproof backpacks at Kmart attached two straps to top 1 on the bottom with those plastic push-in clips and made Tank Pantiers for less than $35. Keep all tools and RARELY used & indestructable stuff in the Tank Pantier bags. Helps not only balance weight of luggage but acts as a wind/rain barrier.

    Whitehorse's Public Library has hspeed internet access for like $2.00 an hour. Cedar Retail store in Tok also has it for $4.00 an hour.

    Thanks for your list it reminded me of 4 or 5 things I should pack.
  20. Lone Rider

    Lone Rider Registered User

    Jan 29, 2002
    out and about
    No sht.

    You're carrying way too much 'wicking' clothing. That stuff can be washed out and hung-to-dry in a motel room or on a tree limb.

    Max: 1 set on, 2 spare sets.
    Hardcore is one set, what you're wearing.

    Have fun, take a ton of pics. :thumb