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    Attached is my version of a checklist of gear to pack for a Moto-camping trip. I took liberties with one that Mellow had posted, reviewed other lists, and took notes on my latest trip. I removed items I didn't need or use, and left some that may still need to come off the list. These lists should always be "living documents", subject to constant review and revision.

    One way to save lots of packing space is to leave out all the cooking gear & related food. Eating in restaurants can cost a bit more, but it means less gear to pack and more time on the road. Ready to eat snacks can still supplement your diet.

    What I've found to be the toughest items to pack are tent poles and other long objects. A tent can be packed into a saddle bag and kept dry or separate from other items, but tent poles tend to be too long. Almost always the poles get strapped across the rear seat. For some that obstructs the view in the mirrors. I'm still working out where to strap on the pole bag to keep my view un-obstructed.

    My last ride I took too much in clothes. Riding from snowy conditions to low 70's I was certian I would need a large variety of clothes to keep me comfortable. I was wrong! Future rides I will be more deliberate in packing just enough to keep me from smelling too bad.
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    Last edited by Trekker; 02-21-2008, 01:53 PM.
    Dave
    <<<< Willville in April

    '99 ST1100

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    Re: Moto-Camping Check List

    I can never get those files to open. That's probably why I always leave something in the Bunkhouse when I'm in the tent, or leave something on the ST when I'm in the Bunkhouse.

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    • #3
      Re: Moto-Camping Check List

      Mac,

      You're probably missing the program Excel needed to open an .xls spreadsheet.

      Here's a site with checklist generators that let you create your own checklist and print it out.

      http://www.micapeak.com/checklists/

      Gordon
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      • #4
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        Gordon, Thank you verrrrrry much. I will still leave stuff, cause I'll forget which unit I'm supposed to be taking!!!!!!!

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        • #5
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          Mac,

          I resemble that remark!

          Senior moments can hit at the worst times, can't they?

          I thought the checklist generator would be a great asset when I first saw it, glad it works for you.


          Gordon
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          • #6
            Re: Moto-Camping Check List

            Mac- How about creating a specific list for each unit? My list for car camping with the wife is much different than a moto-camping or backpacking list. I know... I know... I'm suggesting more work for ya!
            Dave
            <<<< Willville in April

            '99 ST1100

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            • #7
              Re: Moto-Camping Check List

              You guys don't understand. I keep losing the lists!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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              • #8
                Re: Moto-Camping Check List

                I have the answer Mac! ........... Duct Tape !!!

                "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." - Red Green
                Dave
                <<<< Willville in April

                '99 ST1100

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                • #9
                  Re: Moto-Camping Check List

                  I also keep a packing list and it is a living document, updated each year from experience. One thing missing from your list is an entry showing where the item is packed. I don't use anything as fancy as a spreadsheet to maintain my list, just a standard mainframe ISPF editor. But on a PC you can easily use NotePad and a .txt document. Here is an example of my list:

                  __________________________________________________ __________
                  | | CELL PHONE PLUG CABLE | TANK BAG - CENTER
                  __________________________________________________ __________
                  | | CAMPING LANTERN | DUFFEL BAG
                  __________________________________________________ __________
                  | | CLIP-ON BOOK LIGHT | TANK BAG - CENTER
                  __________________________________________________ __________
                  | | COFFEE MAKER WITH FILTERS | DUFFEL BAG
                  __________________________________________________ __________
                  | | COFFEE | DUFFEL BAG


                  The small box to the left of each item is used to checkoff each item as its packed where it belongs. Listing where something is packed can make it easier to find something in the middle of the night when its really dark out.
                  Alan

                  IBA 20568
                  AMA 402014
                  2003 Honda ST1300
                  1969 Honda CB750

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                  • #10
                    Re: Moto-Camping Check List

                    Good point! I'm still working on that aspect. Since I came back from my latest trip I'm still thinking about packing differently.

                    Spreadsheets aren't fancy... They are easy list makers... ya don't even need to know what all though formulas thingys do!
                    Dave
                    <<<< Willville in April

                    '99 ST1100

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                    • #11
                      Re: Moto-Camping Check List

                      Originally posted by motomac
                      You guys don't understand. I keep losing the lists!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
                      here's a txt file for ya... even if you do loose it... I don't know why you don't just laminate one and tape it to the inside top of your trailers.
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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by Trekker
                        Spreadsheets aren't fancy... They are easy list makers... ya don't even need to know what all though formulas thingys do!
                        Thats true, but for the PC challenged, a spreadsheet probably looks like voodoo science!

                        I've been in the data processing industry since 1968 (ouch) so not much of this computer crap fazes me, but I know that some of the members of this site and other online sites don't have any computer background, so are somewhat intimidated by our systems.
                        Alan

                        IBA 20568
                        AMA 402014
                        2003 Honda ST1300
                        1969 Honda CB750

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                        • #13
                          Re: Moto-Camping Check List

                          One thing that would be easy to do is for me to put a page together with the lists... that is displayable as a post and you can print that.. then check IT off and not have to worry about other programs to open the files.

                          That is pretty much what we did HERE now that I look back.

                          The problem with lists is they are very subjective. If you have or don't have a trailer odds are you aren't going to pack the dutch oven for making biscuits in the morning. Sorry mac, you're just an easy target.

                          Our original list was a way to list the things that are most common and cover the majority of people. Maybe it's better if we adjust that one with changes. Or, maybe have one targeting 2-up, trailer, dual sport, etc type riders and each has different camping priorities?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Moto-Camping Check List

                            Hey, the beauty of using a PC is creating a simple list you can change for different applications. These lists can be created in spreadsheet, word documents of all flavors, or just copied from the screen to a legal pad using old technology pencils.

                            I would be more inclined to think that since home PC's have been bundled with Office programs for so long now, most internet & cell phone users could learn to use the simple programs.

                            And there are those that have "list aversion syndrome". There's no hope for them! Not even a pill!
                            Dave
                            <<<< Willville in April

                            '99 ST1100

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                            • #15
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                              Lots of us are technology junkies.. I meet people now and then that don't even have a computer.. heck, my parents don't.. I just got them a cell phone as they are making more trips to doctors and they need to ability to contact someone in case of emergency. Not to mention they are in OK and it would help to have a cell phone in case a tornado hits and they are stuck in a storm cellar, assuming the cell towers are still up.

                              They're having a hard time getting used to a cell phone and I'm sure there are others in the same situation.

                              Obviously, you have a computer if you are on this site. Some just aren't as application-experienced as those of us that do this for a living or have to use these as part of our jobs.

                              I wasn't trying to criticize the effort, far from it, just trying to offer alternatives that are much simpler as that would be easiest for most. Maybe, 3 or 4 formats for the same list will help everyone.

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