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Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by charlw, May 18, 2011.
TP is a good idea.
But, moms/dads all know that once you use a baby wipe, you never carry TP again.
I've compiled what I saw so far, feel free to make additions.
well maintained bike
be prepared for conditions you will encounter
be able to fix your bike
standard tool kit and other essential tools specific to your bike
tire repair kit (patches, pump, etc)
extra bulbs, spark plugs
first aid kit
cell phone, satellite phone, spot, etc
paper and pen
dictionary for other language(s)
toilet paper, baby wipes
$1 bills, extra cash, credit card
water purification tablets or filtration system
quick weld putty (JB weld)
tape (duct, electrical, silicon)
stainless steel wire
extra clutch cable
extra clutch and brake levers
extra shifter and rear brake levers
extra fuel line/hose
extra chain link
spare glasses or contacts (if you wear them) and/or a copy of your prescription
reading material (possibly kindle or other e-reder)
service manual for your bike (paper or digital)
weapon or self defense tool
multi-tool (leatherman, gerber, etc)
fast dry underwear and socks
false bank statements (both rich/poor for when kidnapped)
lighter or other fire starter
warm coat for cold
bear spray or pepper spray
athelete's foot cream or antifungal cream
plastic grocery bags (for wet feet or whatever else you can think of)
boot drying device (www.dryguy.net)
spare key hidden on bike
basic camping gear
good luggage waterproof
computer or access to computer
cables and chargers for electronic devices (phone, camera, laptop, etc)
and every grocery store's produce department has lightweight plastic bags for when your ziplocks fail, you really don't want to coat your hands with grease, what i need is an ice pack, hey this waterproof pocket isn't...etc. stuff some in your white bags.
good stuff so far, thx ya'll
Take whatever it takes to keep you alive until help comes or you can ride or walk to help. And, whatever it takes to keep your bike in rideable shape to get you to that help. Everything else is fluff.....lol
Add or change anything above to this list that takes your fancy.......seriously!
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.
By the way i'm not a spy....
I find that difficult to believe, Mr. Smart.
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?! :huh Oh crap!
Another essential SOS tracker
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.
+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.
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 !!
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.
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.
That's exactly what a spy would say. Shoot him!
Love to hear more about your African adventures.
(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)
200 miles home on a Sunday, in the middle of nowhere.
I second the recommendation for electrical tape, duct tape, and vice grips.
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.
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.
:huhEarplugs, 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.