Top 5 items to have for adventure?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by LEM, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. LEM

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    What are some of the item you would pack?
    Given we all define "adventure" differently, our items will vary, but i'm sure we'll all have one or two in common.

    Proper planning is essential for any adventure, but even then, one has to be ready for the unexpected and be as prepared as possible. Because one cannot foresee every problem ahead, I put together a small list of five things I make sure to have on me while travelling in adventure. This list, as anything, is not an absolute. There might be items on this list that have not been the most imperative to you, and would prefer to occupy that slot with something else. If so, I would like to hear what your list looks like.



    Zip ties: Never underestimate what a zip tie can do for you. These small, thin, yet durable strips of plastic are lightweight and very resistant. Depending on which size zip tie, they can hold a vast array of weights, not only that, but they are also reusable. On my motorcycle, I always have a handful of zip ties attached to the frame, covered by one of the side panels. On one occasion, I rigged a broken clutch lever with a zip tie, just enough to have it be functional and get back to civilization.

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    Tape: For all that which zip ties cannot hold together because of impracticality reasons, there is tape. There are endless types of tape, and although any kind is better than not having it at all, Gorilla tape (or duct tape, too) is tough stuff and will hold against the elements of adventure. Whether it is a broken tent pole, torn saddlebags, and even keeping dirt out of a small wound, tape is one of the most useful tools one can have. Gorilla tape held the rip in my motorcycle saddlebags until I was able to patch them properly, and could have held longer. For better storage, I usually wrap a decent amount of tape around another item I will be taking with me, such as a pen or pencil.

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    Knife: Whether you choose to wield a machete or a discrete pocketknife, it is important to keep a blade with an edge at all times. One can research and find many tutorials in selecting the right knife for the right job. The uses of this tool are countless, but can range from chopping up dinner, splitting wires, cutting that zip tie you can’t loosen, shaving a piece of wood for tinder, openning coconuts, and the list can continue indefinitely because that is how versatile a knife can be. Depending on the adventure, I will take my 8-inch knife or just a multi-tool that includes a blade.

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    Map: If your adventure requires a map, it already sounds like a great one. Many of us use a digital form of a map now, have it be on your smartphone or gps, it is more practical and covers more terrain in different scales, not to mention it keeps track of your current location. Because smartphones and gps are electronic devices, however, they could fall and break, run out of battery, or simply stop working for whatever reason. Due to that latent possibility, some may choose to carry paper maps as a backup. One can get excellent, waterproof maps, from a number of vendors.

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    Common sense: Although it is sometimes rare or forgotten, having just a little bit of this can go a long way. So stop and think about your next move.

    As I continue to go on day adventures, weekend trips, or longer travels, I continue to make small changes to my full, complete list; maybe an item I thought was important to have, has not been as useful, or I’ve been able to do without. Such was the case for me with paracord. I would always carry a few feet with me, however, I have not needed it or have been able to use another item on my list to fulfill its function. For the most part, it is these five items I take with me on most adventures.

    Travel Blog post: https://www.moreno-morena.com/5-items-to-always-have-for-advenure/
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  2. PedroCH

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    It all depends on where and what you are going to ride as you said at the beginning.

    Completely agree on Duct Tape and cable ties (in different size).

    For the knife, I always go for this one:
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    Maps, again it depends on where you are going, for having the same details as the virtual ones, you need to carry way too many and it ends up that they take more space than 2 spare gps (60csx in my case).

    Regarding common sense: Common sense is not so common!

    My last point: tools. Standard kits are useless, the rider has to select the right tools for his bike, otherwise don't take any at all.

    https://101nolimits.blogspot.ch/2018/01/what-is-needed-on-motorbike-trip.html
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  3. lifeofliberty

    lifeofliberty If you're bored, you're not living

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    Back before the last ice age, when I was a boy, I didn't have the good sense to engage in proper planning, but I sure had a lot of interesting adventures. I'd go off into the woods with nary a thing and have a grand old time.

    Since then, there have been fewer adventures and I now own a LOT more stuff like those gadgets above! Even the Boy Scout got their motto of "Be Prepared" drummed into my head. My packs got bigger, and heavier and the outdoor trips became more and more "work" then fun.

    So lighten your pockets, dump yer shit, and just go for it! And have a good time! Now THAT is adventure!
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  4. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    An open mind.
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    Awareness of your bikes mechanics.
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  6. Contevita

    Contevita Cigar Adventurer

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    In no particular order:
    Paper maps
    Water
    Multitool
    Cash
    Phone
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  7. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority

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    This is THE number one thing to have on a real positive "Adventure". The ability to remain flexible with your plans is important. When traveling out of your home country, meeting/greeting everyone with a big smile, positive attitude, and respect goes a long way.
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  8. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    +1
    I hope whenever I leave someplace, that I'm never referred to as 'that asshole American-Pennsylvanian-BMW-Honda rider or whatever label I can be hung with. Think of myself as a guest and try to act like it.
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  9. RVDan

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    I carry my favorite pair of wire cutters.
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    A multi Tools wire cutter doesn't work for cutting tie wraps, a wire in the middle of a bundle, or any place you can't slip the whole jaw through. My wire cutters grab cotter pins better than a Leathermans pliers, and do a multitude of things that pliers do, and cut a lot of things like they're meant to do, and fit in the hand properly.
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  10. hansen

    hansen airhead addict

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    "Adventure is just bad planning." Roald Amundsen ;)
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  11. nickguzzi

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    I sometimes have an idea of where I am going, but sometimes not. If the road away from where I am is not so interesting, I take another. There is always a turn off into the hills or down a valley. Maybe I'll look for vineyards, or gorges or empty roads.

    I used to carry a Michelin Red Guide, but now I can use ViaMichelin on my partners phone. It can also get other countries.
    The app also provides routes, zoomable maps and suggestions for hotels as well as restaurants as part of their POI, includes fuel, castles and monuments etc.
    Suggestions radiate out from where ever you are, posh to interesting. Lot$ to not much. Probably other stuff too.
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  12. fastring

    fastring Been here awhile

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    You know the one thing that always makes me smile when I use it on a motorcycle trip, regardless of a short day trip or a long road trip? My motorcycle specific coffee thermos. Its a clean canteen in a really odd red/pink color (cheapest) that has fallen and dented many times during camping. On long trips, I sip coffee out of it while gazing at the bike at a gas stop. If I forget to pack that thermos, the trip just isnt the same.

    Heres a pic on a cross country trip on the K bike where its mounted on a pannier for easy access.

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  13. scootac

    scootac Just a Traveler

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    I like the what to do with your cell phone sticker!!!
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  14. Anthiron

    Anthiron Adventurer

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    My 5 would be the below.

    Fire, Food, Cutting Tool (Axe or Knife), Shelter, Warmth

    The actual items would vary depending on the trip, mode of transport, location etc. But those are the 5 important things for me.
    Pretty well everything else is just a comfort or convenience.
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