Have a good cross USA trip, starting on a good day. We all tend to pack way too much stuff, always thinking "I need that" and rarely using it(if at all) along the way! Mine are tools, cooking stuff and usually too much clothing. I like my tools along, mostly NOT using them, cook out maybe 3-4 times in a several week journey and always carry too many clothes! Can I learn? Probably not after a lifetime of this. Bigger saddlebags, more seems better(NOT) Randy
Use/wear underwear that's easy to wash out-many brands that are good.Same for other clothes-many trips later I actually get fairly close to not packing too many clothes & not forgetting the important ones. Good luck!
Another neat idea is to hide an extra key on your bike. Believe it or not: I did this a year ago when I got on a combo of "make your wallet smaller" & "how to hide a key on your bike in an ideal spot" & last time bike was in my shop- I CANNOT FIND THE KEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After taking apart every light and the list goes on, I gave in & ordered a spare blank on ebay from Hong Kong for $2.55 pstg pd this week.
You might want to add these to your list:
* spare eyeglasses
* cell phone
* small flashlight
* packable hat, i.e. Tilley
* something to clean faceshield
My fleet: 2015 R1200GS, 2017 Toyota Prius Prime (plug-in hybrid)
been thinking about weather... starting from hot Oklahoma heading through mountains in Colorado then the Utah Backcountry Discovery Route... If i bring a bunch of cold weather gear is is all going to stay in storage?
Have a good (warm) trip.
Retired and riding my RTs, the '87 K100 & the '98 R1100 !
Knights of the Roundel #333
Here's my list for a Toronto to Calgary via Missoula ride.. 3 weeks on the road goofing about.. Sorry, no camping.
- 2 pairs sink-washable underwear (merino wool)
- 2 pairs Nike riding socks (synthetic, anti-stink)
- 1 synthetic Under-armor riding shirt, again sink washable
- 1 pair mid-weight Helly Hansen long undies
- 1 North Face wind proof jogging / hiking jacket
- 1 Widder heated vest
- 1 pair zip off Columbia pants/ shorts
- 1 pair swim trunks
- 1 long sleeve Under-armor flats - fishing shirt for casual dining etc.
- 1 Tilley hat
- 1 pair pj's
- Klim goretex riding gear, goretex boots, helmet, cool and hot weather gloves
- toiletries ( don't forget sunscreen, Advil yada yada)
- a bunch of Tide sink washing packets
- iPad, loaded with trip advisor, hotel booking apps, etc.
- camel back 2 ltr
I'm pretty sure I could fit this all in 20ltr backpack, except for the riding stuff. I used to travel a lot heavier, but this makes life way better . Just do a sink wash at the end of the day, ring out in the hotel provided towel (fold, roll, and step on it to squeeze all the water out of the clothing and into the towel) hang up in the hotel, usually everything's dry by the morning.
as it is about the destination. If I'm mostly on the road, i wont worry as much about flat tire repairs, or a water filter, etc. But if my destination is WAAAYY off of the beaten path, then i do take those precautions.
Enjoying the ride, but always on the alert for a rally.......
A small bag filled with quarters and a small plastic bottle filled with laundry powder or pods
will save a lot of room in clothing. May not be as practical if you're staying in complete wilderness every night, but for me finding a washer and dryer once every four or five days does the trick.
I agree with many here that it is what NOT to bring. Weight is your enemy.
I bring two pair of light underwear and two light T shirts (both of these the quick dry microfiber kind like Patagonia, etc.). Each night I was the dirty ones in the hotel sink and they are dry by morning. I bring one pair of light pants. LIGHT pants.
I also keep various packing lists for various kinds of trips, and this is a very useful habit.
I back pack and so I have learned to be frugal and light. But you are on the road. If you forget something, you just stop by a store and pick up the item you need.
Rob C. , Raleigh, NC
'10 R12RT, R90/6
2007 CBR600RR & 09 V-Star
Suzuki DR 350