What did you ship HOME? i.e., overpack...

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Whiteeyelashes, May 21, 2017.

  1. Whiteeyelashes

    Whiteeyelashes Adventurer

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    Lots of great threads on what to take moto camping, but curious as to what folks have found themselves shipping home after some time on the road, finding out that they could jettison some gear.
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  2. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

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    I have never shipped anything home but can tell you I regretted carrying a spare tyre half way around the world before finally fitting it in Malaysia because I fed up with carrying it.
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  3. Boricua

    Boricua Been here awhile

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    I don't remember. I shipped my wife back home once. Does that count?

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  4. Tall Man

    Tall Man Priest, Temple of Syrinx

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    Nothing, yet. I've certainly carried items I haven't needed -- e.g., tools and fluids -- but the peace of mind is worth the effort and space required to do so.

    I did discover during a multi-state ride several years ago that wearing a hydration-style backpack was a bit more trouble than it was worth, so I've not done so on subsequent moto tours. It wasn't missed.
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  5. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    Items we have shipped home:
    Winter Jackets X2
    Wool sweaters X2
    Shoes, 5 pairs in one shipment!
    A pair of antique oak saloon half swinging doors. (Bought them in Montana)
    Both my BMW systems side cases when my bike was stolen.
    A male dress suit/shoes/belt I wore at a wedding.
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  6. Unstable Rider

    Unstable Rider Farto Motografist

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    A couple days out on a ten day trip I shipped home some tenny shoes I did not seem to need, and a couple days dirty clothes.
    I would not have had to, but I was trying to create a little free space in my gear as I had packed to heavy.
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  7. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority

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    I've never shipped anything home. Before big trips I always do a "practice run" for at least a couple of days & nights with everything I plan on using during a big trip. It really helps sort your gear as well as get your "routine" down pat.
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  8. froger

    froger Been here awhile

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    Sent some book's I got home once. Threw in my electric shirt, since the first half of the trip had been a heat wave. Of course then I hit a day where the electric shirt would of been mighty nice.
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  9. jay547

    jay547 Long timer

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    I've never had to ship any overpacked things home but I did win a set of tires at a rally once and shipped them home.

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  10. Loomdog

    Loomdog Where's that trail again?

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    This definitely makes me think. From now on I'm going to take stuff along that I know I wont miss and toss them out. Lord knows I have some old underwear and xmas tee shirts that wont be missed!!
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  11. Izzo

    Izzo Been here awhile

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    Went to VBR with GF, and when we unpacked the tent we realized we hadn't brought the poles. Had to ship it back and buy a new one.
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  12. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    I set off from Los Angeles California to Ushuaia Argentina wearing underwear but had packed NONE! Good job there was a Walmart on the way.
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  13. wibornz

    wibornz Been here awhile

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    I pack old socks and old underwear. As they get dirty, I throw them away. There may be some hobo some where wearing my old underpants and socks......
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  14. bigphish

    bigphish Curiously Satisfying

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    Thought you might just gotten wibonz old underwear
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  15. OrangeYZ

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    Nothing I brought with me, but I once bought a bunch of maps at a USFS office on a trip and mailed them home after I passed through the area they were good for.
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  16. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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    I mailed 9 motorcycles back from Ushuaia to Los Angeles.
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  17. Disco Stu

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  18. Old_Crow

    Old_Crow Been here awhile

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    Left home after first long distance adventure ride:
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    * motocross jerseys to cover armor (unnecessary)
    * rain jacket/pants (just get wet and dry off while riding)
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  19. PackRat

    PackRat Huey Guns

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    On a trip from Texas to ride the trans-Labrador highway before it was finished, I did ship all my cold weather gear when I came back into Maine on the southbound leg.
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  20. mikegc

    mikegc Long timer

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    On a trip from NC to Alaska in '16, I sent all of my camping equipment back from Fairbanks. I'd made no hotel reservations and wanted the camping gear as a back up. Turned out motels weren't much of an issue. It was different in 2017, though. There were a lot more people on the road!

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