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Old 03-19-2013, 09:46 AM   #1
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Critique My Packing List

I thought it would be nice to have a place to post your packing list and let others give their opinion on what you should have or lose. Plus get ideas from other packing lists.

Here is my packing list that I have been using for a few years. I never have used hotel rooms when traveling by motorcycle so I carry everything for camping always. This list is good for me if I'm going for a weekend or a month.

I am always open for suggestions, what do you think?


Bedroom
  • Ground Tarp
  • Pillow
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping Pad
  • Tent
  • Tent Poles
  • Tent Rain Fly
  • Tent Stakes

Clothes
  • 2 Shirts
  • Carhart Pants
  • 5 Underwear
  • 5 Socks
  • Camp Shoes
  • Riding Boots
  • Hat
  • Riding Jacket
  • Riding Pants
  • Fleece
  • Helmet
  • Belt
  • Riding Gloves
  • Long Underwear
  • Camp Pants
  • Sweater
  • Wool Socks/Liners
  • Heavy Gloves
  • Jacket Liner
  • Waterproof Gloves

Bathroom
  • First Aid Kit
  • Advil
  • Deodorant
  • Gas X
  • Imodium
  • Pepcid
  • Toilet Paper
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wet Naps
  • Towel
  • Tooth Brush/Paste
  • Tums
  • Q-Tips
  • Icy Hot
  • Soap
  • Splint
  • Gold Bond

Kitchen
  • Stove
  • Stove Fuel
  • Waterbottle
  • Food
  • Sponge
  • Pots/Handle
  • Bowls
  • Matches
  • Lighter
  • Utensils
  • Salt & Pepper

Bike
  • Straps
  • Pack Rain Cover
  • Stuff Sacks
  • Dry Bags
  • Spare Keys
  • Ear Plugs

Camp
  • Flashlight
  • Lantern
  • Headlamp
  • Bug Spray
  • Shovel
  • Bear Bag

Tools
  • 10, 12, 13 Wrenches
  • 8, 10, 12, 13 Socket
  • Ratchet
  • Allen Wrenches
  • CO2 Tire Kit
  • Compressor (Air Pump)
  • Crescent Wrench
  • Duct Tape
  • Electrical Tape
  • Fuses
  • Jumper Cables
  • Multi Screwdriver
  • Multi-Tool (Leatherman)
  • Spark Plug
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • Tire Gauge
  • Tire Spoons (3)
  • Tubes
  • Vice Grip
  • Zip Ties
  • Side Cutters
  • Cotter Pins
  • Valve Stems

Electronics
  • Batteries
  • Camera
  • Camera Case
  • 4 SD Card
  • 2 Go Pro
  • 2 Go Pro Mount
  • 2 Go Pro Case
  • 4 Go Pro SD Card
  • Go Pro Charger
  • Phone
  • Phone Charger
  • GPS
  • GPS Charger
  • Small Flex Tripod
  • Tablet w/keyboard

General
  • Plastic Bags
  • Wallet
  • Maps
  • Cash
  • Pen & Notepad
  • Copies of Paperwork (emailed to self)
  • Driver's License
  • Insurance Card
  • Registration
  • Non-Resident Insurance
  • Passport
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:18 PM   #2
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When you take off for a trip, do you know whether it will be a weekend or a month, or do you decide that sort of thing on the third day? The way you wrote it, it looks like you take all of that stuff regardless of how long you'll be going or what season.

Do you really need or want 5 pairs of socks and underwear and 3 sets of pants and gloves for a weekend trip?

Jacket/Fleece/Sweater/Jacket Liner +
Riding pants Carhart pants Heavy pants +
Riding Gloves Waterproof Gloves Heavy Gloves = Damn dude

I used to carry a ton of tools too. For all of your tools, evaluate what you will actually use it for, and if it will actually work for that.
What does a Swiss Army Knife do that a Leatherman can't?
Practice tire changing and get down to 2 tire spoons
What do you need side cutters for that the Leatherman can't do?
Is the crescent wrench just for your axles and nothing else? Get smaller lighter wrenches of the correct size.
Your spare tubes probably include valve stems.
Your jumper cables and shovel are miniature versions right?
I bet a spare fastener kit would be more useful than cotter pins
Do you really think you will need that spare spark plug? If you do, do you have a spark plug wrench or socket for it?

Flashlight and a lantern and a headlamp?
Soap and Hand sanitizer?
What does a sponge and wet naps do that toilet paper can't?

I can see all of the chargers and spare batteries for a month trip, but is a weekend trip long enough for any of your batteries to need recharging?
Don't tablets have a keyboard on the screen?


Having a list of everything to remember, and then deciding what stuff to leave at home before you leave is good. Otherwise, your weekend in July list should probably not be the same as your Alaska in April list.


Edit to add my list(s), for some reason I've been posting in a lot of "What to take" threads lately
To cover everything from a day trip on a 2-stroke dirt bike, to riding to Alaska on a KLR

Tools:
6,8,10,12mm sockets, plus 1/4" ratchet and 6" extension
8,10,12,13mm wrenches. I used to carry stubby wrenches for 12 and 13, but they weren't long enough to get an oil plug out without kicking and screaming
2 tire spoons, bicycle pump, couple of patch kits (get these from a bicycle shop, not a hardware store), Tiny can of WD40, pressure gauge and a 21" tube
KTM axle wrench if I'm on a KTM, goddamn crescent wrench on the KLR
Allen wrench set
zip ties, spare bolt set

Four stroke oil on either four stroke (450EXC or KLR)
regular can of chain lube on the Alaska trip, tiny can for the 450 Idaho trip
Oiled air filters for trips longer than a couple of days

Gotta go pretend to work, to be continued
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:36 PM   #3
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Four stroke oil on either four stroke (450EXC or KLR)
regular can of chain lube on the Alaska trip, tiny can for the 450 Idaho trip
Oiled air filters for trips longer than a couple of days

Gotta go pretend to work, to be continued
Is there a need to carry oil? All gas stations have a ton. If you break your case, then you will need a full change out and not just 1 quart.
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Old 03-19-2013, 12:59 PM   #4
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Do you really need or want 5 pairs of socks and underwear and 3 sets of pants and gloves for a weekend trip?

Jacket/Fleece/Sweater/Jacket Liner +
Riding pants Carhart pants Heavy pants +
Riding Gloves Waterproof Gloves Heavy Gloves = Damn dude
As far as the socks and underwear go, I know I over pack them. I have a thing for clean socks and underwear at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day.

The pants I wear the Carhart pants and the riding pants at the same time all the time. That is my safety gear. The camp pants are backpacking pants that I wear at the end of the day. So technically I am carrying 3 pairs but I wear 2 of them while riding the bike so I am really only packing one pair of pants.

Yep, I carry 3 pairs of gloves. I like having warm dry hands.

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What does a Swiss Army Knife do that a Leatherman can't?
I carry the Swiss on me in my pants pocket all the time. The leatherman is packed away. I am used to having my Swiss with me everywhere so that is why I have both.

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Practice tire changing and get down to 2 tire spoons
The spoons I have lock together as a three pack so I always just threw them in as one.

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What do you need side cutters for that the Leatherman can't do?
True, I'll toss it.

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Is the crescent wrench just for your axles and nothing else? Get smaller lighter wrenches of the correct size.
It also saved a guy that had his front sprocket come loose and I happened upon him. It isn't a heavy wrench, about 8" long. I'm sure it weighs the same as two proper size wrenches but more versatile.

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Your spare tubes probably include valve stems.
My spare tubes don't, they are my old tubes and I pull the valves out to make it easier to compress them. My valve stem kit is wrapped up in my tire changing kit and doesn't take up much room.

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Your jumper cables and shovel are miniature versions right?
Yes, the shovel is a folding shovel for burying your own waste in the woods. I mostly use it for digging fire pits so it really is a novelty item. The jumper cables are made from spare accessories to a couple of battery tenders I purchased. They pack really small and actually saved me once.

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I bet a spare fastener kit would be more useful than cotter pins
Probably, I only carry a couple of cotters for when the rear axle one gets weak.

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Do you really think you will need that spare spark plug? If you do, do you have a spark plug wrench or socket for it?
No, I don't. I haven't ever needed it. It is just one of those things that sits next to my spare fuses and is always on the bike. Yes, I do have the factory tool kit on the bike.

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Flashlight and a lantern and a headlamp?
To be fair it is over kill but the lantern is real small, not like a full size one. The flashlight stays on the bike and the headlamp is in my camping gear/

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Soap and Hand sanitizer?
Soap for washing dishes and myself in the shower. Hand sanitizer I keep on the bike for gas stops etc.

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What does a sponge and wet naps do that toilet paper can't?
Sponge cleans my pots and pans. The wet naps wash my back side after the toilet paper is done. I like having a clean back side on the road.

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I can see all of the chargers and spare batteries for a month trip, but is a weekend trip long enough for any of your batteries to need recharging?
Average battery on a GoPro is about 2.5 hours, My camera is good for about 500 pictures, and my phone about a day. I can turn the phone off when I don't have service but as long as I do my wife tracks my progress through Google Latitude.

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Don't tablets have a keyboard on the screen?
Yes they do, but I write a blog of my trips and every night I write about the days events. Doing that with out a physical keyboard and a lantern is almost impossible.

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Having a list of everything to remember, and then deciding what stuff to leave at home before you leave is good. Otherwise, your weekend in July list should probably not be the same as your Alaska in April list.
Alas, I have had 40 degree rainy days in July and glad I had long underwear and warm dry gloves.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:08 PM   #5
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Is there a need to carry oil? All gas stations have a ton. If you break your case, then you will need a full change out and not just 1 quart.
I sometimes carry a quart of oil, mostly because I ride a KLR and always remember that I didn't check my oil 5 miles after I left the gas station.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:14 PM   #6
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pillow ?

Save the space and just use a stuff bag with some of your clothes.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:26 PM   #7
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Save the space and just use a stuff bag with some of your clothes.
It's in the same dry bag as my sleeping bag. It's a camping pillow and really wouldn't save any space if I took it out.

I do actually use it along with my stuff sack of clothes as I like sleeping with two pillows at home.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:27 PM   #8
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I thought about carrying a gal of oil (full synt) on my 5.5K mile trip to NL, but I would imagine that there are places on the way where I can buy full synt motorcycle oil (Adv Autoparts, for example) and just change it on the road....

The list looks nice, but if it's for quite a long time. For a wkend / 4-5 day trip, I would cut it down to essentials.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:31 PM   #9
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Is there a need to carry oil? All gas stations have a ton. If you break your case, then you will need a full change out and not just 1 quart.
If I break my case it's because I was doing dumb off road things. And I only do dumb off road things on the 450, and a quart is just about a full change out on the 450

But really:
Gas stations don't usually carry motorcycle specific oil
And if I'm low on oil, it's only by about a cup and I usually discover it when I'm stopped in the middle of nowhere. It wouldn't make much sense to buy a quart of oil at a gas station, use a cup and throw the rest of it away. So I'll be carrying a quart container anyway, so I might as well carry the oil that I want from the beginning.

For an oil change I figure on doing it in a town with a motorcycle shop. Buy a quart, use that and 0.2 quarts from the one I've been carrying, leave town with 0.8 quarts, minus whatever I've burned or leaked up until then.

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My packing list for my upcoming year+ ride around South America:

http://moto-mikey.com/the-moto-gear/the-gear/
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Old 03-19-2013, 02:03 PM   #11
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My packing list for my upcoming year+ ride around South America:

http://moto-mikey.com/the-moto-gear/the-gear/
That is a very detailed packing list.

I just bookmarked your site and look forward to your travels.
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Continuing from above:
Forgot Leatherman with the tools, always on my belt

Camping:
Tent, sleeping bag.
Pad and pillow if I'm on the KLR, but not the KTM. Even if I had the space on the KTM, it would add too much bulk and ruin the off road fun.
pair of shorts and T-shirt for sleeping
1 spare pair of underwear and set of socks
Liner from my Fieldsheer jacket as a jacket and pillow

No food or cooking gear, I eat at gas stations.
Water in a 2L camelback, plus a couple of liter bottles in back pack

Breakdown saw strapped to head light
Small hatchet in backpack which was completely worthless. I'll either take a bigger one next trip, or leave it.
Binoculars are where I splurge on weight and bulk for something that I don't actually need.
Flashlight, compass, lighter, SPOT, TP, bug spray, first aid kit in back pack.

Camera could be in backpack, or Fieldsheer pocket, or pouch zip tied to chest protector.
Pen and a map end up in the same place as the camera, rest of the maps in the backpack.


Everything adds up.
We all have different ideas of what is worth the price of weight and bulk, but "I wouldn't gain space if I left the pillow at home" is false. It's worth it because you want the pillow and have space for it, and you're probably not doing anything where the handling penalty matters, but it is there.

I thought "It's just a map, they're only paper and it won't add too much weight," Until I bought 15 of them and they barely fit in my backpack. Then when I got them crammed in there my balance was thrown off enough that easy fun trails were dangerous trails, and I didn't even want to try dangerous trails
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Old 03-19-2013, 11:17 PM   #13
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Here is what I am taking for a 6-12 month trip to Central and Southern Asia, I will post a full list when I have written one but as you can see it is quite minimal. I have made a few trips of this length and have found that less is more.



All of that fits into here.



To be carried on this.



I also expect to have a small bag with food on it strapped on the rack.
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Old 03-20-2013, 09:36 AM   #14
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Here is what I am taking for a 6-12 month trip to Central and Southern Asia, I will post a full list when I have written one but as you can see it is quite minimal. I have made a few trips of this length and have found that less is more.
I am interested in seeing your list.

I'll have to pull my gear out this weekend, photograph it, and pack it.
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I like to carry spare bulbs for headlight and signals. Yeah, if they go out in the day, big deal and you can find them most small towns in the US, but if the headlamp goes on some dark road in east GA late at night you are going to have to camp right there, unless you have a spare.

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