The items you shouldn't have left home without

Discussion in 'Americas' started by deucestaley11, Mar 5, 2013.

  1. HeyWhatever

    HeyWhatever HTFU !

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    I was looking at the Quick Clot at REI. Is the only one they have in a pad form? From what I have read about combat applications, I thought it was a powder. Maybe I am confused?:scratch
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  2. warp9man

    warp9man Gravel in my Travel

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    Yup this stuff is amazing and I had to use it on a 2 friends so far. 1 He's hit his nose on the top of his ktm windshield. He was bleeding so bad I didn't think it would ever stop. but instantly this stuff did its job. He had to get a ton of stitches. 2nd friend ripped the top of his thumb nail off and it was bleeding like crazy and again this stuff saved the day. You can get it in powder form at walgreens, it comes 4 to a box and there small "crystal light" type packets

    P.S.....it stings

    My buddies nose
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  4. kantuckid

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    #20 is a great idea. I'll ad that a 2-3 day trip will be a starter only. What your doing, i.e., thinking ahead in the first place is great. Danger is too much stuff. Make certain to consider vibration when packing tools. If heavy or sharp edged they can vibrate their way through some tough materials!!! I pack many items like I'm shipping them far away but not in a box.
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  5. wbbnm

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    After going on several trips and wishing I had one, I now carry a small voltmeter. Electrical problems seem to be in a league with flat tires as common occurrances on a long trip, especially an off-road one.

    It is also good to have a wiring diagram for the bike for troubleshooting.

    BTW. I too really smashed up my nose on a tall windshield encounter on a rough trip in the Mojave a few years ago. I got rid of the windshield after that trip. My pic looked similar to the one above.
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  6. fetching

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    UPGRADED roadside assistance coverage....you want "Get me to the nearest dealership" AND "trip interruption reimbursement " coverages.
    Many times we assist a rider-on-tour and they have NO INSURANCE/Roadside assist so the total tow bill is on HIM, not his insurance or Roaside assist provider.
    Just search "motorcycle roadside assist" and see who pays best for the money. Get the best coverage you can afford and save your cash for more fun expendatures!! :deal
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  7. kantuckid

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    What, no ATGATT?:huh
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  8. Wlfman

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    I've had it happen to me. when you are stopping for gas every 200 miles it looks fishy to the CC companies. I've had my CC company call me (cell ph on file) as say they saw suspicious charges and wanted to verify it was in fact me using it. I'm THANKFUL they do this.
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  9. wbbnm

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    I was ATGATT'ed pretty well, but I ride with a motocross helmet and goggles. There is about half an inch of space between the face guard and the goggles. That's where I got hit.
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  10. kantuckid

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    Yuk! Reminds me of yrs ago when my FB helmet had the one plastic bar that was not so effective at protection like the masl like affairs of today.

    On the CC thing: we've had our share of problems as they go about protecting themselves from the part they have to cover when fraud occurs. Thats who they are out to protect-at least for the most part. Not appreciated when your gone overseas & no way to pay for food or lodging,huh?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We have it down to a one certain person that we cal prior to travel & we don't leave until we have talked to her personally, not even voice mail, ever again. In USA I also have started to pay for my meals in cash to avoid the carry away your card thing as ours has been stolen before & seemed to be when in a restaurant.
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  11. a2ronm

    a2ronm Been here awhile

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    (1) my good weatherproof winter gloves, didn't think I would need them with my heated grips, rain covers and spring weight gloves........my heated grips stuck on low setting first day, 3,000 miles from home. I ended up buying a $110 replacement set of winter gloves from a dealer. Now I have 2 pairs of winter gloves!

    (2) I too used the cable & lock for stops for my jacket and helmet. My policy was to lock up what I couldn't afford (not in $$'s but time and energy) to loose.

    (3) Bike lock and lightweight (Bike Bandit freebie) cover for parking at night. I usually left my cases on the bike at night with the cover it was out-of-sight-out-of-mind.

    (4) baby wipes!

    (5) Know your tires. Everyone can order tires in you size-"I can have them here on Monday".....finding a shop that has your needed size in stock can be problematic anymore. I ended up spending a Saturday looking for tires when my rear decided that too much tread was a bad thing......I was still 1,000 mile from home. I had replaced my normal pick of 8,000 mile+ tires before my trip with a different brand, they lasted less that 2/3's of what I was used to getting and the wear out caught me by surprise......poor planning on my part.

    (6) Pack as light/little as possible, you have to load and unload your "stuff" each day, there are better ways to spend your time.

    (7) Zip ties, 1 heavy weight ratchet strap, and a spare clutch cable, besides the normal tool and tire repair kit.

    (8) SPOT if you are a solo traveler.

    (9) Starbucks VIA instant coffee, (and a mircowave safe cup/bowl if not camping)............better than most motel coffee and keeps your pots, kettles and expresso makers (my first cross county trip companion!) at home.

    Did I say pack light.................see (6) above.
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  12. deucestaley11

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    "SPOT" meaning...???
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  13. a2ronm

    a2ronm Been here awhile

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  14. Travex

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    Living near the Canadian border I pretty much split my riding between there and the US. Having learned from experience I contact my CC company to advise them that I'll be in Canada so they don't suspect unauthorized CC use.

    That said, I STILL on occasion find my CC's being locked out for suspected illicit use. I carry two, but now I carry more cash and a few traveler's checks as backup.
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  15. gring0loc0

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    An extra pair of gloves. I thought I was ok with my fancy new waterproof gauntlets on my last trip, but I wish I had packed this:

    One set heavy waterproof touring gloves, and a pair of light, fabric motocross gloves. Especially when riding in and out of rain and mountains. You might actually prefer the lighter gloves in the rain, since they're less sticky and will dry quicker. It's nice to have the option.
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  16. Anciano

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    I took a Kermit Chair on the TAT. I didn't believe that it could be that comfortable (It should be as much as it cost). The young guys I rode with liked to see me go to bed early so they could use my chair.

    Wayne
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  17. Two Wheeled 'Tard

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    Let's be honest, 99% of the things that you might accidentally leave at home, you can easily buy on the road.

    I don't know what your plan is, but I wish I'd brought a water purifier on my first big road trip. I tend to seek out very remote places where potable water isn't easy to find, and having a little pump backpacking filter would have made my life much easier.
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  18. Two Wheeled 'Tard

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  19. deucestaley11

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  20. Witold

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    That's been my experience as well. I started of things that I wish I had and couldn't really think of anything. If something is really useful in some part o the world, there will be plenty of local sellers selling it. It might be overpriced and it might be very low quality, but it will be available.

    The one thing I did think about is the water bottle purifier you are talking about. I wish I had that in some more remote areas. If you did your research on this, please post as to what you think is decent. There seem to be many options.
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