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    Camping Gota Have Gota Leave

    Okay, I'm just trying out this motorcycle camping stuff. Looking to ride and camp across country on my way to BMW Oregon Rally. So far I've got a tent, comfortable pad, just-okay sleeping bag. I'm also packing a small heating pad for those cold nights. I'll eat most meals on the road, ride a bit, eat breakfast, ride, eat lunch, ride, eat dinner, ride some more, camp, repeat.

    What's on your list of "man I wish I had....?"
    or "why did I carry bleep all this way"?


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    Credit card and cell phone are at the top of the list. They can get you out of a lot of jams.

    A pair of walking around shoes if your riding boots aren't comfortable to walk in. You never know when you may want to stop and hike, or be forced to hike. A comfortable pair of walking shoes is something I'll never leave behind again.
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    A real sleeping bag just OK don't work.

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    A good flashlight, bug spray.

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    Gotta have coffee

    I bought a Jet Boil to make instant coffee while packing up the tent. Starbucks's instant is very good.
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    80 bucks for a military modular sleep system on ebay. Includes patrol bag good down to 45 intermediate bag down to 10. combine them both for -15 I think. Also comes with a Goretex bivy sack if you don't want to use a tent. I own a tent and still use my MSS bivy often during cooler months when I want to sleep directly under the stars.

    Water, Shelter, Food. Those are the biggies, bring stuff to make those happen then everything else past that is gravy.

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    Hands-free lighting, either a headlamp or one of those gorilla grip tripods. Definitely a good sleeping bag. Firestarters if you want a campfire; most places won't let you bring it in for fear of invasive parasites, and in my experience it's usually either green or at best lightly seasoned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisSkor View Post
    What's on your list of "man I wish I had....?
    Hotel room
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    I might practice setting up the tent once or twice prior to the rally trip. Maybe do a weekend trip someplace local to work out the bugs if you have never camped before. Figuring out a secure packing system might be at the top of my list.

    Jet boil is a great addition, with instant coffee, oatmeal, ramen noodles, minute rice, and soups. Allows for Arriving late to a campsite in the dark and or threatening weather and still having a quick meal without having to go back out.

    State park info, reservations at national parks, and KOA campgrounds.
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    My camping and cooking gear goes in large waterproof duffle on the rear seat- held in place by 4 Rok Straps criss cossed through the handles. Leaves the bike luggage cases for clolthes, riding gear, tools, etc

    Make your lights LED and fit them with lithium batteries so they will have both long storage and long use life. Not much fun in the pitch black with no light sources so have 3 or 4 different ones.


    It is wise to stop and set up plenty early so you can finsih a meal before dark. Dak sert up can be a real pita for newbies.-- that's where you might want a simple bivvy..

    Guerilla camping is still possible in some places....

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    Already mentioned .. but a "comfortable" sleeping bag, not just an OK one. The best tech spec bag on the market may or may not be comfortable for you so get in some before buying. A slight difference in girth makes a HUGE difference when you're zipped up.

    My addition - a good pillow. Make the room for it. Neck fatigue and stiff muscles will not be your friend on an extended trip. I prefer the "Fillo" by Nemo in size medium. This blows up and has a memory-type foam covering that is comfy. Like an airhawk pad... less air is best but you can adjust to your hearts content. Packs small - like 1/2 the size of a nalgene bottle. Worth every ounce and inch of space.

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    Don't forget a good fixed blade knife. Also maybe a good backpacking hatchet (Gerber or similar). Add the Jet Boil for coffee and quick soup like meals and you should be covered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patch View Post
    Already mentioned .. but a "comfortable" sleeping bag, not just an OK one. The best tech spec bag on the market may or may not be comfortable for you so get in some before buying. A slight difference in girth makes a HUGE difference when you're zipped up.

    My addition - a good pillow. Make the room for it. Neck fatigue and stiff muscles will not be your friend on an extended trip. I prefer the "Fillo" by Nemo in size medium. This blows up and has a memory-type foam covering that is comfy. Like an airhawk pad... less air is best but you can adjust to your hearts content. Packs small - like 1/2 the size of a nalgene bottle. Worth every ounce and inch of space.
    Yes & yes to the get a good bag. Making certain it has enough wiggle room matters for many-I for one, dislike the small foot area that many cold weather rated bags provide. Also, I find that "how much is enough pad" increases with my age.

    OP: Heating pad??????????????????????????????????????????????? ?????? Did you say heating pad????????????????????????????
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    I second the shake-down trip

    Quote Originally Posted by AKThumper View Post
    I might practice setting up the tent once or twice prior to the rally trip....
    Do this well before the start of your big trip. It will give you a much better idea of how to pack your stuff on your bike, how well or badly the stuff you've got works, what's missing, what's extraneous and how long it will take you to make and break camp.

    An LED headlamp is almost essential.

    Note that there is no standard between companies for sleeping bag ratings. Ratings assume that you are within a tent or other shelter and are on top of a sleeping pad. Many people are "cold" or "warm" sleepers, meaning they need more or less insulation than the average person. Knowing which you are will help in the choice of a bag. Down is lighter, packs smaller and will last longer than synthetic for a given rating. It will also cost you more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stanley83 View Post
    Note that there is no standard between companies for sleeping bag ratings. Ratings assume that you are within a tent or other shelter and are on top of a sleeping pad. Many people are "cold" or "warm" sleepers, meaning they need more or less insulation than the average person. Knowing which you are will help in the choice of a bag. Down is lighter, packs smaller and will last longer than synthetic for a given rating. It will also cost you more.

    Let's take this a step farther. We will use a +40 degree rated sleeping bag as an example. Normally, a bag rated at plus forty degrees will allow you to survive in a forty degree environment, but you will not be happy or comfortable. Most experienced adventurers will carry a bag that is rated colder than their conditions call for. For example, I try to get in a little snow camping every year with a good friend of mine. I like to be warm so my bag is rated at +5 degrees. My camping buddy uses a 20 degree bag(He's nuts), with a 40 degree bag for the summer months. If I had to use one bag year-round, it would be rated at +20. FWIW, lots of my friends use 20 degree bags year round and are very happy with them.

    Sleeping bag construction can also make a big difference in your comfort level. A little time and research into the different fabrics, fillers, and design features can pay off big, giving you a lighter, smaller, and warmer bag by a simple change in design or assembly techniques. REI is a good place to start looking for sleeping bags. Ask questions. They have great employees that know their stuff. REI will also rent bags for a small fee.

    Stanley is 100% correct about down sleeping bags. They normally are lighter and pack smaller than synthetics, but, unlike some synthetics, they are not worth a cr*p if they get wet.

    Just my 2 cents.
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