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Old 06-18-2006, 03:50 AM   #1
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My Alaska Trip Packing List

I thought some of you might find this interesting (shows you how boring my life it!). I packed the DL650 V Strom this weekend and did a two day trip up to New Hampshire. Wanted to see how the bike packed and unpacked and handled with all the gear I'll be taking to Alaska.
Below is a list of gear. It all fit easily with lots of room to spare.......



CLOTHING:
6 Wicking T Shirts
2 Pairs Jeans
6 pair wicking undershorts
12 pair wicking socks
1 polar fleece sweater
1 long johns
1 Hat
1 Bug Net Hat
Camp Shoes
Bathing Suit
Electric Jacket
Jacket Cord
Ditty Bag for dirty clothes

CAMPING:
Tent
Ground Cloth
Sleep Pad
Sleeping Bag
Collapsible pillow
Towel
Wash Cloth
Toilet Bag
Unscented Soap
Unscented deodorant
Unscented toothpaste
Razor
Toothbrush
Hair brush
Flashlight
Headlight
Stove
Coffee Pot
Coffee Cup
Bowl
Cook Pan
Utensils
Portable Radio
Tarp
Collapsible Cooler (optional)


MOTORCYCLE SUPPLIES:
Tire Repair Kit
Tire Irons
Compressor
Tool Kit
First Aid Kit
Motorcycle Cover
Wire
Various Nuts and Bolts
Wire Ties
Duct Tape
Multi Tool
Face Shield cleaner
Rags
Security Cable
Gas Cans
Rope (25)


RIDING GEAR:
Three season Jacket
Air Pants
Over Pants Rain Pants
Riding Boots
Air Gloves
Three Season Gloves
Helmet
Extra Face Shield (optional)


PERSONAL GEAR:
Extra Eye Glasses
Sun Glasses
Ear Plugs
Canada Insurance Certificate
Passport or "Stamped" birth certificate
Registration
Drivers License
Medical Cards (Med Jet & BCBS)
Various Credit Cards
AAA Card
Point and shoot camera
Nikon D70 SLR / Lens
Movie Camera
Fishing gear (two sets)
Cell Phone
Cell Phone Cord
Lap Top
Lap Top Cord
Battery charger (AA Rechargeable)
Maps
Alaska Books
Toilet Paper
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Old 06-18-2006, 04:36 AM   #2
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What's a Canada Insurance Certificate? Why is it needed and how does one get one?

Also, I believe you need a passport for Canada as of a few months ago.

You're bringing a laptop to Alaska?

Any garbage bags to keep the dirty clothes separate? Just a thought.
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Old 06-18-2006, 04:46 AM   #3
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You may want to add some bottled water to your list.
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Old 06-18-2006, 05:17 AM   #4
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If you have an accident or get stopped for a traffic violation the RCMP will ask you for a "proof of Insurance" card that you can easily obtain from your insurance company in the states. This card proves that you have insurance on your bike. If you don't have this card your bike will be impounded until you can prove insurance.................

I have a cloth "Ditty-bag" in the pack for dirty cloths

Bottles water and other consumables are bought along the way........
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Old 06-18-2006, 05:17 AM   #5
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You do not need a passport for entrance into Canada until 2007
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Old 06-18-2006, 05:43 AM   #6
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I'd like to see a pix with your bike loaded. My hopes of an Alaska trip are dimming but I appreciate you posting your list. Have you done this before? What route are you taking and how many days are you allowing for?
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Old 06-18-2006, 05:48 AM   #7
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[quote=BUBB]I'd like to see a pix with your bike loaded. quote]

+1

Also, you mention "various nuts and bolts". Are these bike specific or just a random collection of hardware that might prove handy along the way?
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Old 06-18-2006, 08:27 AM   #8
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1 Bug Net Hat


Unscented Soap

Unscented deodorant
Unscented toothpaste


Alaska Books
No need for the BUG NET!!! The Mosquitoes will get you no matter what!!! What you need is 100% DET...they sell it in AK not sure about the lower 48, forget teh best brand, red cap w/ yellow can, worth the $5!!! Trust me...lived up there for a few years it will save your life. As far as the unscented products, not sure if it is neccisary, if the bear is going to eat you he doesnt care what you smell like...food now thats another story. I hope the Alaska book is a Milepost..IT is the ONLY must have for any trip to and from AK. It marks out every inch of the Alaska Hwy and what is where. Awesome book...if you dont have one get one. You might want to add a rescue/safety whistle, can be used to scare away the bears, since you cant travle with Bear Away in Canada. Yes you need the Candian Insurance card and a Birth Cert. or Passport. Be prepared to unload everything at the border, some days they are very fussy about what comes in and out. I had to unload over 1/2 of the bed of my truck two trips ago...its was full too, last time just drove through no problems. Good Luck and have a safe trip you will love it.
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Old 06-18-2006, 09:03 AM   #9
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My Canadian insurance cert did not arrive in time for my trip last year, it was a bit of a hassle to get. I though I was gonna be screwed when the RCMP pulled me for for 80+ on the Stewart-Cassier. I gave him my US insurance card w/ the other stuff, no worries, he wroye me a ticket and warned me about hitting a moose at speed.

I would still try to get the Cnadian insurance dopcument but it looks like the officer has some discretion...


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If you have an accident or get stopped for a traffic violation the RCMP will ask you for a "proof of Insurance" card that you can easily obtain from your insurance company in the states. This card proves that you have insurance on your bike. If you don't have this card your bike will be impounded until you can prove insurance.................

I have a cloth "Ditty-bag" in the pack for dirty cloths

Bottles water and other consumables are bought along the way........
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Old 06-18-2006, 09:12 AM   #10
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Random nuts and bolts and a few specific V Strom bolts (fairing screws, brake caliper bolts, etc)

I have a copy of the Mile Post and have memorized it cover to cover...:-)

We are going for 5 weeks.....

Route is up through Montana, glacier park, Banff, Jasper, Alcan, etc, etc, etc,,,,

Here is a picture of the bike loaded....



You can follow along on our trip here....

www.motoalaska.blogspot.com
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Old 06-18-2006, 11:43 AM   #11
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Call your local insurer, they can hand write the little yellow Canada card while you wait. I've never had to order one or wait for one. Maybe it's just easier in Alaska because it's the only way out. Barb
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Old 06-18-2006, 11:58 AM   #12
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My insurance co. got me my card within a week. For every bike I had on their policy

The Milepost was an OK reference but I got more use out of the lonely planet guide to alaska.

5 weeks is good. That's what I did in the summer of 2004 and there was plenty of time. We had to adjust our schedule because of the fires that year and I was glad we had the extra time. If you have the chance to take the ferry for part of the way do it. There's scenery there that you won't see any other way.

Everything strapped to the outside of your bike should be in a dry bag. You will be riding in the rain. I found the head net useful a few times. The bugs will get to you anyway but the net kept them out of my mouth.

Have fun.
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Old 06-18-2006, 12:02 PM   #13
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What kind of dry bags are those and what size? Are those rok straps that you are using for tiedowns? Somebody has to ask the stupid questions. I'm leaving to Alaska next month on my klr and have not quite figured what type and size of rear seat bag I want/need to use to hold my camping gear....tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad and what not. I've been looking at the helen twowheel gear and the stich duffel.

Looking forward to your reports, ride safe!
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Old 06-18-2006, 12:48 PM   #14
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Those bags are Ortlib, made in Germany and I've been using them for years. They come in three sizes with a long opening. The yellow one you see on my bike is the largest size. They've been thrown out of airplanes on hunting trips, been in capsized canoes in Canada and been tied to the back of various bikes for many multi week touring trips. Never an issue and never a drop of water inside. They simply can not be beat. Do a searchy for availability, but I believe I bought them from Aerostitch.

The Helen Two Wheels stuff is also excellent. I have many friends using it without an issue.

Everything I need in the tent, and want to stay dry goes in the Ortlib bqag. Clothing, towels, pillow, sleeping bag. In this way, once the tent is set up, this bag is put under the vestibule and serves well without taking up space in the tent.

The only thing needed in the tent and not in the bag is the sleeping pad. It just won't fit. Too long.

The straps are of my own design. I do not like, and won't use a hook or a strap made of any type of bungie material. Pictures to follow.

I drilled and taped my luggage rack for 1/4 - 20 bolts and screwed these little 'Eye Bolts" in. I believe I also got them from Riders Warehouse (Aerostitch)
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Old 06-18-2006, 01:07 PM   #15
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I'd put a good quality hunting knife in there somewhere.

You don't have to spend a lot of cash to get one, Gerber makes a few and so does buck. You won't regret it.
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