Luxury items vs weight & space

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by BluegrassPicker, May 13, 2016.

  1. TUCKERS

    TUCKERS the famous james

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  2. Tim Graichen

    Tim Graichen Been here awhile

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    For me, it's a travel humidor, a handful of Liga Pravada #9 cigars and good coffee. Not great for the breathe every morning inside the Schuberth.
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  3. Tim Graichen

    Tim Graichen Been here awhile

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    That cost you $90.00 / Lb. :-)
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  4. juno

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    My favorite luxury item as others stated is my Best Rest camp chair. It fits in the back sleeve of my Recless 80 and is truly a luxury. The other two are a wide sleeping pad and a 10 degree enlightened equipment quilt.
    I realized my camping equipment takes up about 1/2 my space and 1/4 of my weight. I never seem to camp as much as I like so I may look into reducing the volume and weight if I camp less than 40% of the trip. The chair will stay though.
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  5. PlainClothesHippy

    PlainClothesHippy Caution: NO humans before coffee.

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    It had been my Cabelas "Turkey Lounger" folding chair but it was too bulky to be practical. I was going to get a Helinox chair until I tried one and found it very uncomfortable for me. I finally ended up with a cheap imitation that feels great but is steel so, though small, weighs a lot. I will put up with that.
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  6. GJUNKY

    GJUNKY Been here awhile

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    Mine is an ice chest with a 12 pack of beer.
    Everyone gives me hell all day long for carrying all that extra weight and they are the first crying and begging for one of those beers at the end of the day in camp.
    Its nice to have a nice cold one before setting up the tent.
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  7. mriderking

    mriderking Adventurer

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    I come from a hiking background before motorbikes. After doing many multi day hikes you figure out what you need and what you dont. My gear is very light and very small and generaly for a 14 day hike i can do it in around 20Kg with a 65 lt packs. That includes all food but no water. I live comfortable and warm but simple.

    After moving to bikes im amazed at how much extra room i have and feel like when i take a hiking chair its a massive luxury but only adds 400 grams and a little space. Luxury for me is coffee , music , scotch , seating and a clean set of clothes. But i can still pack for two people in 60 litre panniers for a couple of nights. If i strap on an extra bag its like wow i can even bring cheese and crackers...

    I keep my other equipment light and small so the odd bit of luxury doesnt blow the space or weight! Boy does it feel like a treat to bake a fresh cake when your on the trail...
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  8. Gham

    Gham What's for lunch?

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    This summer my wife and I packed for a trip to Tennessee,since we were going to be in Nashville I hauled along a pair of cowboy boots.They were in the way the whole trip :lol3.I bought a video camera (Wasp) that I never use and a Sena bluetooth that I never turn on.

    We didn't camp but I still brought a stove and pot for us to have a romantic coffee in some glamorous setting.....never happened.I plan pretty good but my execution kinda sucks.
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  9. WindBlast

    WindBlast Recalculating........

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    I just got an Exped MegaMat 10 which rolled up is way bigger than my tent or sleeping bag. But after trying it out at home I am desperately searching for a way to fit this monstrosity in my gear just because it is SO comfy.
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  10. Don03st

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    My Eureka tentragon 9 tent. At first I thought I made a big mistake because its so much more then what I "need" for moto camping. But now I won't go without. Everything fits inside its wonderfully roomy interior. Raining out? PPhhfft. Windy? Couldnt even tell. I think I could live in it indefinitely if I had too.
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  11. BluegrassPicker

    BluegrassPicker Been here awhile

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    Well Played. Makes me feel much better about my medium sized cookset .
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  12. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Scottsdale

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    I have an old Kermit chair but it packs pretty big. Now I use a Co-op Flexlite chair from REI. It packs 4.5 inches X 15 inches. That is small enough to strap on anywhere or even stuff in a pannier. https://www.rei.com/product/102413/rei-co-op-flexlite-chair

    My other fave is my JetBoil. It is about 15 years old. I like to stop every few hours and boil up some water for a cup of tea. It boils the water in a flash.
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  13. HickOnACrick

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    Empty the contents and the oxygen absorber into a zip lock. Save one of the Mylar bags for reconstituting the food with the water, then wash that bag after use. This is how I save space when taking a lot of dehydrated food.
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  14. FlatFifthFury

    FlatFifthFury Adventurer

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    Personally, I'm not worried about weight when traveling by motorcycle so much as bulk. My standard load out is essentially what I take when I'm backpacking only I can afford the space/weight to bring a few beers along to the campsite. If I want luxury, which I really don't care for, then I'll take the car and stay in a hotel. I bought an "Adventure" bike so that I can have adventures. A very real part of adventuring is in having moments where you are not comfortable but it gets you a deeper and more interesting experience than being pampered the whole time. That's me. And yes I'm nuts.
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  15. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Been here awhile

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    My luxury is coffee with cream. I use a a foldable pour over drip coffee maker. Since cream requires refrigeration I switched to Baileys Irish Cream (miniatures). Evening have a little Irish coffee by adding some good Irish whisky from a small flask. They have been making whisky in Ireland for over 400 years and have gotten pretty good at it.
    The rest is my backpacking gear lite and fits in 50 liters of space. Plus a REI camp chair.
    The real luxury is the beautiful places you can stay!
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  17. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority

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    Use real Half & Half that doesn't require refrigeration:

    https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&k...71667:kwd-300604486787&ref=pd_sl_1m2qidahmw_b
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  18. phreakingeek

    phreakingeek adventurer

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    couple of my luxury items...in addition to the stuff that i'd consider required (down sleeping bag, exped mattress, coffee kit...etc)

    portable and rechargeable fan:
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    (that weird pink tube is the battery...just in case you were wondering)

    bungie clothesline
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    After years trying out different chairs...the tall version of the aluminum tube type chairs are my new favorite for comfort:
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  19. Mai54

    Mai54 Adventurer

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    Have the same chair and love it. I can even sleep in that chair.
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  20. jettech01

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    My Helinox is similar, I put cane tips on the legs for more "purchase" and less digging in. Works wonders and packs small.

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