What to take.

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by JohnTM, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    Going somewhere? Did you remember to take pencils for the kids that hang around the border crossings in Central America? How about your own special brand of chewing gum? Bring enough for the entire class? :D

    Out of this thread we hope to build an all-encompassing :rolleyes article for the Halls of Wisdom. Let's have your suggestions!.
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  2. Trip

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    A T-55 torx comes in handy now and then. :augie


    So, John, is this supposed to be an all inclusive n00b edumacation or just some of the more esoteric stuff? I mean, we all know to carry TP and a tire repair kit, right? And no, not necessarily for the same emergency :D
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  3. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    Tube glue can cure Montezuma's Revenge. :uhoh

    This thread is a place for ideas. It's where you say "don't forget your toothbrush" or Don't forget your spare clutch cable".

    This will eventually boil down to a master list of what's necessary, and what you probably can't find in the flea market at the train station on the rim of the Copper Canyon.
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  4. Trip

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    I've got a list somewhere that I made years ago. I'll see if I can find it just to get things started. It will probably have the added benefit of raining down scorn and ridicule on me. That's OK. :D


    I carry a lot of stuff.
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  5. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    Thanks Trip! That's what's gonna make this forum work! :thumb
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  6. Trip

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    Yaknow what would be cool to kick this thing off would be to post pics of your kit laid out and then list the stuff in there.

    Come on people, I know there are those out there that have some very sano set-ups for tools, hydradation/sustenance, entertainment/navigation, first-aid/meds, comfort/camping, ect...

    Mine is not so neat, nor do I have pics handy. :D
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  7. jkam

    jkam Nomadic Man

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    I did that years ago when I had my GS, the laptop with all my older pics went tits up.

    I'll to do a new version with the wee all loaded up jkam style.
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  8. Trip

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    I'm guessing that is about as good as a kit can get. Lot's of miles/camps.
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  9. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    Unique tools that most MC shops won't have, but if you can't find it you will be SOL.

    Example: My Triumph uses a 46mm socket for the rear hub. That's 1 and 13/16" and it takes a 3/4" drive. That's an odd socket to find way out in nowhere's-ville, so I take one with me. Yes I can also take a VW flat-steel "wrench" that also works, but I prefer the socket, despite the weight or size. The front uses a 19mm (or 3/4") allen. Still odd. So, I had a metal shop to cut me a 2" long x 3/4" hex bar piece and I bring it along...just in case. Any mechanic will have a 3/4" socket, but not an allen, so I have the "adapter" for him.

    The point is, if you don't plan ahead for your bike's unique needs, you may wind up spending a few days in a place you don't want to be.
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  10. VelvtRide

    VelvtRide i can haz a motrsykle?

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    Platypus makes a 4 litre(and larger/smaller) collapsable water tank made from very durable plastic. It comes with handles and when filled, bungied to your gear for those times you get stuck without water. Packs very, very small(when empty) and you can get attachment hoses for a. shower b. drink tube c. trigger spray.

    A grease pencil works wonders on your map case to highlight your route over your map. Comes off clean with water or just a wipe of your finger.

    Honda makes their Spray Cleaner and Polish in small, easy to pack 5oz cans. This stuff takes off engine grease, cleans bugs off your helmet/face sheild/wind screen and is a general use to clean almost anything. It will repel water on items that are treated. Absolutely great for face shields. :thumb

    You can use your iPod video as a HD for pics while on the road. If you run out of room on your memory card, Apple made a small device so you can connect your camera to it and dump the pics onto the iPod. It's fast, the device fits in the dock slot and has a USB port for the camera. Works great in a pinch if you don't want to delete images.

    Tide & Fast Orange make single use packets.

    Tide: comes in a packet of 3 for .99 at Wallyworld. 1 Sink pack will wash a coupla pairs of underroos or socks or a shirt or a pair of pants. They're about the size of a Chicklet pack.

    Fast Orange: 2 for .99 - these are very handy and over sized - purchased at Auto Zone or somewhere similar. They dry out as quickly as baby buttwipes but do a good job of cleaning very mucky hands. Pack as small as the Tide.

    Hefty makes Handy Saks - 10 four gallon sized plastic bags (similar to grocery store bags) neatly packed about the size of the Tide Packets.

    A gun lock (free) makes for a great helmet or jacket lock to your bike.
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  11. Bender

    Bender I can pass this guy..

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    Don't forget your toothbrush.
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  12. McB

    McB Joe 40 ouncer

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    loaves and fishes
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  13. JohnTM

    JohnTM I suck toes

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    And your towel. Always have a towel. :nod
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  14. SR1

    SR1 Back in S. Korea

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    Yup. My last tour I intentionally took a small towel with me, just in case some FF asked me if I knew where my towel was. :thumbup
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  15. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    Less is more....very important.

    :D

    Personal stuff.
    Take fleece layers, very versatile.
    Underpants and socks.
    Beanie and or cap.
    Lightweight trail shoes.
    Cargo pants where the legs zip off and become shorts. Lite, durable, and dry fast.
    Wet wipes.
    Trail mix and other nibblies.
    A light 'suede' backpacking towel.
    Business/personal cards for when you meet folks.
    Ziplock bags (various).
    Thermals (if appropriate).
    Sun cream.
    Anti bug cream.
    Wash kit.

    Essentials.
    Backpacking tent and groundsheet.
    Tire repair kit with lotsa spares.
    Jump leads.
    Electric inflator.
    Oil.
    Spare bulbs.
    A leatherman.
    Rock straps (google them - they are fantastic).
    Bungee web (for strapping on the cold beer).
    Ear plugs.
    Maps.
    KFS and mug.
    Stove and gas.
    Cooking pots.
    Matches.
    Camelpack.
    Riding jacket and pants.
    Riding boots.
    Waterproof oversuit.
    Good quality mummy sleeping bag (man made best imho - in case it gets wet).
    A sleeping bag inner.
    Thermarest inflating mat.

    Other 'nice to take' stuff.
    A reading light.
    A book.
    Bottle of liquer :evil
    Cigars.
    Compact digital camera (and charger).
    Foldable chair or stool.
    GPS.
    Portable solar panel...
    Collapsable fishing pole and reel etc...
    iPod and remote device
    Earphones
    Cellphone and charger.
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  16. swjohnsey

    swjohnsey Banned

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    A towel is one of those unncecssary pieces of kit I eliminated from what I carry years ago. The Platypus collapseable containers are great.
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  17. RPD1

    RPD1 We don't

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    I carry about a foot of rebar wire. A habit that I picked up from driving a '72 Chey pick up in high school. Coil it around a pencil and it is about as big as a Quarter and a 1/2 inch thick. Comes in handy when things break and you need something more substantial or heat resistant than a zip tie.

    I have a D ring in my tank bag with a mini mag light, a small multi tool, digital air pressure gauge and a locking blade razor knife all attached to it. Makes it easy to find when you are groping around in the dark.

    One thing that I find useful is a pencil with a couple of feet of electrical and duct tape wrapped aound it.

    Thanks,
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  18. tvbh40a

    tvbh40a PSUViking

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    Nice line of easy threads to help the new riders get up to speed.
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  19. pilot

    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    I usually take the whole roll of electrical tape. It doesn't take up any more room than rerolling it. I also take a soldering iron and small VOM. I've used them in Chiapas, too. And the wiring diagram. :evil

    I also take my shop manuals for the KLR. I figure I can find a mechanic lots easier than the manuals. With them, a mech can figure out what is needed.
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  20. tricepilot

    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    On my two recent trips to Mexico, I hid duplicate essentials on the bike.

    An emergency stash

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    Spare tarjeta on a separate account

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    And one of these, wrapped in a plastic bag and electrical taped on the frame. I was more paranoid about losing the key than I was the money or the credit card.

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    Also hidden on the bike are second copies of my passport, vehicle title, Mexican insurance, etc. I also made digital copies of those and emailed them to myself as attachments.

    Culled most of these ideas from many threads around advrider
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