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    Camping Gear List

    Let?s start off with what is needed on a basic MotoCamp ride. Most riders that camp will find saddlebags and a soft bag (waterproof) on the rear rack or seat will carry all the necessities.

    New riders to the camping world can become overwhelmed with all the camping equipment available today. One of the most difficult parts of a camping trip is deciding what to take.

    After deciding what you want, or need, on a particular ride the next concern is where will it all fit? Don?t panic, it will all come together and with each trip your packing and decision making will improve. No mater how long a rider camps they find it a challenge to balance the size, weight, position and packaging of all their equipment, to reach their desired level of comfort and necessity. In the list below you will find what many campers consider necessities, comfort and luxury items:


    Bare Essentials
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    1. ___ First aid kit
    2. ___ Knife
    3. ___ Maps
    4. ___ Money/ID/credit card/ATM
    5. ___ Rain gear
    6. ___ Sleeping bag
    7. ___ Tent
    8. ___ Lighter/Matches
    9. ___ Basic tools
    10. ___ Flashlight
    11. ___ Hat
    12. ___ Medical insurance
    13. ___ Tarp - sometimes used in place of a tent

      Toiletries Tote-bag
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    14. ___ Small flashlight
    15. ___ Compass
    16. ___ Antiperspirant
    17. ___ Aspirin, Tylenol, or some other pain receiver
    18. ___ Antacids
    19. ___ Comb/brush
    20. ___ Bug Repellent
    21. ___ Finger nail clippers or nail file
    22. ___ Lip balm - some come with U.V. protection
    23. ___ Metal Mirror
    24. ___ Mouthwash
    25. ___ Personal medications--take extra
    26. ___ Quarters for the Showers
    27. ___ Shampoo
    28. ___ Shaving Accessories
    29. ___ Skin lotion
    30. ___ Small-diameter nylon rope
    31. ___ Sun screen
    32. ___ Toothbrushes
    33. ___ Toothpaste
    34. ___ Travel alarm clock
    35. ___ Tweezers
    36. ___ Watch
    37. ___ Whistle
      Good Idea
      (Makes camping a Little Better)
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    38. ___ Duffel/Utility bags (Clothes)
    39. ___ Air mattress/sleeping pad/cot
    40. ___ Air pump (If bring air mattress)
    41. ___ Camp towel
    42. ___ Compression sacks
    43. ___ Shower shoes/flip flops
    44. ___ Bike insurance information
    45. ___ Bungi cords/straps
    46. ___ Cell phone/charger
    47. ___ Extra batteries/bulbs
    48. ___ Extra stakes
    49. ___ Firestarter
    50. ___ Motorcycle maintenance basic list
    51. ___ Repair kit for air mattress
    52. ___ Sunglasses
    53. ___ Water bottles (Collapsible)
      Comfort
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    54. ___ Duct tape/electrical tape
    55. ___ Notepad/pen
    56. ___ Sewing kit- scissors, thread, a few needles and safety pins will do it.
    57. ___ Waterproof Storage Bags
    58. ___ Camera/battery/film/video
    59. ___ Axe
    60. ___ Lantern with fuel/mantles
    61. ___ Laundry bag
    62. ___ Plastic mallet for tent pegs Rock works if you can find one
    63. ___ Cup
    64. ___ Multimeters
    65. ___ Reservations info./confirmation
    66. ___ Ziplock bags
    67. ___ Bandana
    68. ___ 2-way radios/walkie talkies
    69. ___ Battery powered radio (with batteries of course)
    70. ___ Board for your kickstand.
    71. ___ Long Underwear
    72. ___ Shovel/scoop
    73. ___ Small roll of surveyor's tape
    74. ___ Stoves (I use a dual-fuel stove)
    75. ___ Sweatshirt/jacket
    76. ___ Swim suit/towel
      Luxury
      (Extra stuff for those with the extra room)
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    77. ___ Clothes Personal
    78. ___ Travelers check receipts
    79. ___ Water filters/purification/treatment
    80. ___ Windbreakers
    81. ___ Aluminum foil
    82. ___ Backpack/fanny pack
    83. ___ Binoculars
    84. ___ Blankets
    85. ___ Bug Head Net
    86. ___ Can opener/bottle opener
    87. ___ Fleece Sleeping Bag Liner
    88. ___ Guidebooks/trail maps
    89. ___ Hand wipes
    90. ___ Pillow
    91. ___ Scissors
    92. ___ Trash bags
    93. ___ Books/magazines
    94. ___ Camp chairs
    95. ___ Campfire grill/BBQ grill
    96. ___ Cards/games/toys
    97. ___ Clothes pins
    98. ___ Coffee
    99. ___ Collapsible buckets
    100. ___ Collapsible cooler
    101. ___ Disinfectant
    102. ___ Fishing gear/license/bait
    103. ___ Hammock
    104. ___ Waterproof marker
    105. ___ Work gloves
    106. ___ Compact camp chair (Thermachair
    107. ___ Containers for food storage
    108. ___ Cook utensils-spatula, knife, spoon
    109. ___ Cooking oil/Pam spray
    110. ___ Cooking pot
    111. ___ Cooking Utensils
    112. ___ Dish pan
    113. ___ Dish rags/towels
    114. ___ Dish soap
    115. ___ Drinks/snacks
    116. ___ Mat for tent entrance
    117. ___ Measuring cups
    118. ___ Musical instruments/song books
    119. ___ Napkins or paper towels
    120. ___ Popcorn
    121. ___ Scrub pad/brillo
    122. ___ Seasonings/sugar/condiments
    123. ___ Silverware/plastic silverware
    124. ___ Single serving coffee bags or tea bags
    125. ___ Thermos
    126. ___ Tissues
    127. ___ Tongs
    128. ___ Cup-O-Noodles
    129. ___ Cutting board
    130. ___ Freeze-dried food
    131. ___ Granola Bars
    132. ___ Hot chocolate/tea bags/coffee
    133. ___ Potato peeler
    134. ___ Potholders/ovenmitts
    135. ___ Footstool
    The attachment in the left column is a spreadsheet version of this list for printing.

    This list covers most everything you might need or want while out MotoCamping. However there could be a few things we missed or overlooked. If you know of any other item please let us know so we can add them.
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    Last edited by Trailace; 06-17-2009 at 12:49 PM.

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    Something to add to the bare essentials list.

    An "ICE" card. In Case of Emergency. Phone numbers (who to notify), allergies, meds, etc. What ever else information you need for your individual situation.

    Chalk. Draw a line around the legs of any table you have food on and it will keep the ants away. The chalk clogs up there antenna's (spelling?) up so they can't pass thru it.

    Pack of mint gum (your preference). Put a stick of mint gum on your plate and it will keep the flies off your plate. Get enough potted mint plates on your porch or in your yard and it'll do the same thing.

    Six 12" bungie cords. If you get caught in a spring storm or wet cold snap at any time of the year without your leathers.
    Go to any gas station and ask for two old innertubes from flats they have fixed and cut them about 6" from the valve stem. Pull them up over your legs and put the valve stems in your front pocket and using anything you have put a hole on the back side and hook the bungie cord around your butt to hold it in place 'til you get home.

    If you need something for your upper body see if the guy working at the gas station has any trash bags and cut a hole in the middle of the bottom for your head and two at the upper corners for your arms and put two or three thrifty nichols or what ever free press that is on hand put it under your jacket (if you have one) tuck it into your pants and get two more innertubes, cut the valve stems out and put a 12" bungee in front and in back to get you home. Use the duct tape you already have to close up the wrist and ankles. Trim as necessary for length and screw what it looks like. It beats catching pneumonia.
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    Re: Motorcycle Camping - The Basic Checklist

    Several quart or gallon size Ziploc bags would also be good.

    Fill'em with water, hang'em up near the food area & the flies will stay away.
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    Re: Motorcycle Camping - The Basic Checklist

    Quote Originally Posted by msscull
    Several quart or gallon size Ziploc bags would also be good.

    Fill'em with water, hang'em up near the food area & the flies will stay away.
    Never heard that one before, I'll have to give it a try.

    As far as the checklist. This one is pretty good, just needs some juggling of catagories/items for each individual rider/camper.

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    Re: Motorcycle Camping - The Basic Checklist

    This method is used here in Texas quite a bit, at least in the southern part.

    When 1st saw the water filled Ziploc bags hanging I was outside under a pavillion eating lunch. I was wondering why in the world would anyone hang up all these bags of water.

    So at the risk of sounding "not to bright" I asked someone. They said it keeps the flies away.

    Until then I had not paid attention, but then I looked around & to my suprise, not a fly anywhere to be found.

    I asked how/why it worked. The only explanation I got was "It has something to do with their eyes."

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    Re: Motorcycle Camping - The Basic Checklist

    Quote Originally Posted by msscull
    This method is used here in Texas quite a bit, at least in the southern part.

    When 1st saw the water filled Ziploc bags hanging I was outside under a pavillion eating lunch. I was wondering why in the world would anyone hang up all these bags of water.

    So at the risk of sounding "not to bright" I asked someone. They said it keeps the flies away.

    Until then I had not paid attention, but then I looked around & to my suprise, not a fly anywhere to be found.

    I asked how/why it worked. The only explanation I got was "It has something to do with their eyes."
    Ok, I'm going to risk sounding "not to bright" also and ask; are the bags zipped closed, and how are they hung?

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    You can use 1 or 2 bags, I usually see 2 bags used.

    Fill the 1st bag about 1/2 to 3/4 full of water & then insert into the 2nd bag. Run some sort hook throught he 2nd bag & hang up around the area of the food.

    You may have to hang several bags, depending on the size of the area.

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    Hi Joe,

    I noticed that tarp isn't on your check list. I prefer a tarp to a tent in the heat of summer. You get a nice breeze that just is not possible with a tent. This is probably a hold over from my backpacking days. I use this tarp.

    http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/st...0226&langId=-1

    More than enough room and packs much smaller than a tent. If the weather looks nice I don't even bother to put it up. Sleeping under the stars has always been my favorite.

    Thanks, Guy
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    Re: Motorcycle Camping - The Basic Checklist

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Guy
    Hi Joe,

    I noticed that tarp isn't on your check list. I prefer a tarp to a tent in the heat of summer. You get a nice breeze that just is not possible with a tent. This is probably a hold over from my backpacking days. I use this tarp.

    http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/st...0226&langId=-1

    More than enough room and packs much smaller than a tent. If the weather looks nice I don't even bother to put it up. Sleeping under the stars has always been my favorite.

    Thanks, Guy
    Yeah, for me, a tarp is an extra item that I might use but probably won't.

    I see a lot of dual sport guys take them.

    We might need to adjust how we do this check list because if you are on or off the road, somethings have a higher priority than others.
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    Re: Motorcycle Camping - The Basic Checklist

    Not a complete rework, maybe just add it in with shelters somewhere. Or maybe a heavy pack list and light pack list. When I use a list I usually just read through it and circle the ones I want, then check them off as I pack, so one list maybe best with two check columns: stuff to take, stuff is packed. What does everyone think?

    Thanks, Guy

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