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Old 09-12-2013, 02:13 PM   #1
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What am I Forgetting?

Welcome to my world. As a chronic over thinker and soon departing for Central and South America, I've read,researched and planned. I have packed Bikeopotamus, my 2011 GSA based on a checklist that has undergone several revisions...

I am carrying:
Compact digital camera, Kindle, and Mac Book air
GSM phone
Chargers for all electronics
Paper maps of all countries I'm visiting
RX medicines
Atm and ccard
Cash
Clothes
copies of all important documents
immunizations and records of them
Bike freshly serviced and new Heidi K60s
moto gear
cash
flat repair kit
spare tube
Misc stuff, ie, flashlight, extra eye glasses, etc, etc

So what am I missing? Maybe I just need to get on the motorcycle and stop worrying about it...
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:17 PM   #2
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not sure that you will need such, but, are you taking a way of carrying extra fuel ?
regarless , have a safe an most excellent trip ! :
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:42 PM   #3
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Fortunately, Bikeopotamus carries about 8 gallons of gas... :)
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Old 09-12-2013, 03:43 PM   #4
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The MOST IMPORTANT THING to carry in Central America is pocket packages of kleenex or other tissues. It is rare to find a public bathroom with toilet paper.

For some borders, a copy of your registration is not sufficient, you will need the original.

Do you need both the Kindle and the Mac Book? Sometimes less is better.
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Old 09-12-2013, 05:40 PM   #5
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How about something to disinfect water (Steri Pen, filter, or chemical)?
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Old 09-12-2013, 05:48 PM   #6
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The MOST IMPORTANT THING to carry in Central America is pocket packages of kleenex or other tissues. It is rare to find a public bathroom with toilet paper.

For some borders, a copy of your registration is not sufficient, you will need the original.

Do you need both the Kindle and the Mac Book? Sometimes less is better.
I debated this. The Mac will be essentially for the RR. Storage of video and pix, uploading to SmugMug and working on the RR. My Kindle is loaded with books; while I can access the internet on it, it will be pretty much for reading.

Thanks for the TP trip...I'll throw a half roll in my personal kit, just in case. :)

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Old 09-12-2013, 05:48 PM   #7
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Hadn't thought about a Steri Pen....
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Old 09-13-2013, 05:41 AM   #8
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what to bring

when i travel overseas i bring a laminated
copy of my passport or visa with the original.
the laminated color copy goes with while the
original stays in the safe at hotel etc.

i didnt notice an air pump for that flat tire
equiment. small electric one easy to carry

noticed your electronics were first on your
list. if adapter plugs are necessary in the
region you are traveling dont forget them.

as the other rider said, multiple small packs
of the moist wipes. multiple because where
you will be (heat) wipes will dry out quick even with
resealable packs.

cliff bars while on the road.

almost ever place takes usa currency
so that is not as hard an issue but
a known place to exchange if necessary.

hope this isnt too elementary
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:20 AM   #9
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So what am I missing? Maybe I just need to get on the motorcycle and stop worrying about it...
Overthinking a bit, but that's normal. Once you get on the road for 6 months or so you will laugh at all the planning and worrying you did. But hey, planning out everything for a big trip is part of the fun too.

Basically you need to leave home with your passport, bike paperwork, a way to get money, a backup way to get money, and some of your favorite bits of kit and riding gear. The rest is really just fluff and can be bought in many large cities if you feel that you really need it.

As far as clothes go, you dont need much. Besides my riding gear, I took 2 good quality shirts, 2 pair of socks, one pair of pants, surf trunks, flip flops, 2 pair underwear. Worked well for me for 2 years. If you need another item of clothing for the situation you can usually buy it just about anywhere.

Your kit will evolve over time and according to your needs at the time. I acquired different items at different times, and I gave some of that same stuff away at different times. I was traveling fairly light by most advrider standards and I still came home with about half the crap that I originally left with.

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Old 09-13-2013, 08:26 AM   #10
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Are you taking any camping gear? If you aren't planning on camping I'd consider throwing in some type of emergency shelter in case you get stuck somewhere out in the middle of nowhere without a place to stay. A high end space blanket or some type of thermal bag at a minimum.
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:36 AM   #11
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Baby wipes pack smaller than TP and have a lot more uses
They are my choice for travel

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I debated this. The Mac will be essentially for the RR. Storage of video and pix, uploading to SmugMug and working on the RR. My Kindle is loaded with books; while I can access the internet on it, it will be pretty much for reading.

Thanks for the TP trip...I'll throw a half roll in my personal kit, just in case. :)

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Old 09-13-2013, 10:42 AM   #12
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Spare key for bike and luggage.
Work gloves. I use a simple leather glove. use as a change for riding. Changing tires, Breaking down camp when it is cool or damp. Keep riding gloves dry and clean.
Wet wipes.
Silk scarf
Note pad and good pens. I use spiral bound 4x4 cards, very durable.
Important papers, addresses, repair manual, copied on zip drives or sd cards.
shower shoes, flip flops, if you are fussy.
fits all drain plug for sinks, those flat disc type.
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:05 AM   #13
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Hey all, thanks for the great tips...

Crash, I met you at Motoport a while back. Like you I travel light when it comes to clothes...since my apparel is poly, it washes out and dries easily in hotel rooms.

I have my passport, copies of all my "important" papers, atm card and back up, credit card, and money in the bank. Time to stop thinking, and go!

Thetourist: Love your idea of a flat disk to stop up a sink. Always carry a pair of cheap flip flops I bought in Vietnam. Two bucks and they are the most comfortable sandals I own. A silk scarf? Why? Also carry a journal for daily writing, keeping track of expenses, etc. I scanned my docs and put them in drop box....I'll down load them onto a little zip drive as well....

JM: Yes, am doing a little camping and am carrying a full camping kit.

Tmfaulk: Nope, not too elementary at all...thanks for your input. I am carrying an air compressor. In fact, after 260,000 miles I finally had to use mine a few weeks ago. Didn't help because the tire had delaminated from the inside. And I thought it was a nail...

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Old 09-14-2013, 12:51 PM   #14
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There probably is nothing you may have overlooked that you can't buy en route.

We always hide a spare key zip tied to the bike.

We also like a bike cover even though we try to pack light.
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Old 09-14-2013, 06:42 PM   #15
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Don't think I saw a med-jet policy above. I've no first hand experience with it but I see it mentioned often.
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