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Photo by Igor Djokovic, camping above San Juan river, Arizona USA

I haven't been everywhere...
but it's on my list!


Photo by Igor Djokovic,
camping above San Juan river,
Arizona USA



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Spectacles, testicles, wallet & watch...well, that's only 4, and in fact I only pack "one" of these items.
You leave the testicles, wallet and watch?? ;-)

Cash, credit card, puncture kit, mobile and map.
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'Jetboil'
Water filter
Water carrier (collapsable)
Dry food (porridge/noodles)
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Apart from the obvious (bike, tent, sleeping bag, etc..)

1. Mobile phone (mine has built in SatNav) and charger
2. Credit cards
3. Self inflating roll mat (you'll have a much better night's sleep)
4. Torch (I use a wind up one, £8 from Millets)
5. Sunglasses.

Tip - get one of those straps that attaches to the arms of your sunglasses to keep them round your neck, except fasten it to chin strap or somewhere inside your helmet. Saves you dropping them then squashing them under your tyres when you wheel the bike back to look where they fell. No prizes for guessing how I know this
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1. Leatherman
2. Water
3. Fire starter
4. Cash & Credit Cards
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1. MP3 player with small speakers (brings atmosphere to any gathering)
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I just want to add a 6th item to my list which is a mini inverter together with a cigar lighter socket (and recoil extension lead) fitted to your bike.

Mini Inverter - Portable Power > 12v Inverters > 12v Inverters

Forget car chargers for phones, mp3 players, battery chargers, etc, this will charge it in half the time.

I bought one of the above inverters from Halfords (£15 I think) earlier this year as my in-car phone charger could only prolong battery life, not actually replenish the battery, which is a problem if you're using a phone for GPS. I put it mine inside my tankbag with the zip slightly open for ventilation.
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1. A Honda, any type will do.
2 .Digital camera...to take pics of broken Beemers.
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4. Doctor Costa.
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1. Headlamp
2. Kikoyu (or similar piece of cloth) which becomes my towel, bedsheet or night attire
3. Savon d'Alep - no need for shampoo or shower gel!
4. Elasticated double washing line - great to dry clothes & hang mossie net
5. My 1euro knife, that's still going strong & peels the husk from coconuts!
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I used to love electronic gadgets and pricey kit, but now I avoid them as much as possible. I like to keep things simple with my packing, but five things I wouldn't do without are:

1. Knife
2. Flint & striker
3. Compass
4. Survival kit (this has lots in it, but I count it as one item)
5. To be honest, the first four are my main things. Five and onwards are luxuries.

Of course, travelling by motorcycle means you need more kit (like tools etc) but I missed out the obvious.
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I used to love electronic gadgets and pricey kit, but now I avoid them as much as possible. I like to keep things simple with my packing, but five things I wouldn't do without are:

1. Knife
2. Flint & striker
3. Compass
4. Survival kit (this has lots in it, but I count it as one item)
5. To be honest, the first four are my main things. Five and onwards are luxuries.

Of course, travelling by motorcycle means you need more kit (like tools etc) but I missed out the obvious.
Cops or Border guys will take your knife if too large, hide it.
Flint & Striker? a simple throw away lighter is much better mate.


My list is pretty long but five favorites would be:
Tools
Money / Credit Card
small Headlamp
Maps
Camera
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Cops or Border guys will take your knife if too large, hide it.
Flint & Striker? a simple throw away lighter is much better mate.
I didn't mention how big my knife was - really big knives aren't as useful as people think, just a small fixed blade, full tang general purpose knife will do, and I've never had any issues at borders (obviously it goes into checked luggage at airports). Whenever I've been caught with it, my justification of it being a traveling tool has always sufficed - I've never had it taken from me and no eyebrows have been raised.

As for a lighter instead of a flint & striker? Hell, no! Flints work in very cold, wet and windy conditions, they last years, don't leak, break or explode and they're much cheaper than lighters over the same length of life. And depending on what you are lighting, they are just as easy to use. They are the most fool proof way of lighting a fire. Lighters and matches are no more convenient and have many more drawbacks. I'll be sticking with the flint.
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1) Credit card
2) Cash
3) Breakdown cover
4) SatNav
5) Mobile phone

Anything else you can buy along the way.

My list makes it look like I travel light. Anyone who has ever seen my bike at a rally will know different.
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1) Interpreter
2) Mechanic
3) Medic
4) Security Guard
5) Camera Crew

oops sorry that wasnt me,

1) Leatherman
2) Gaffa/Duct Tape
3) Cable/Zip Ties
4) Fire Flint Lighter
5) Wet Wipes

That list has helped me through most things especially the wet wipes !
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Meds, fold up chairs & table, coffee pot and mugs. licorice candy, big flashlight, tools
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