Hi, I’m Eric from rockymountainatvmc.com,
and today we’re going to do a quick video on how to pack for your next adventure ride. Ok, so what we have here today is…I’m using a bunch
of different stuff, and it just depends on the ride you’re gonna go on. So for this ride,
this is the combination of luggage that I’m choosing. Starting with, we’re gonna start
with these tank panniers up here. And there’s one on each side, of course. But inside here,
I have one of my water bottles. And you can see that’s seen some miles. I normally
carry three water bottles, but that’s just one of them. I have that one there for drinking
and close to me. But that’s pretty much everything that’s in this side, right here. You’ve got
my tool pack and this has…we have another video that we go over what to put in your
pack and what to carry. So all that stuff’s inside my pack. Okay, now moving to this other side. More
pieces in here. But the first thing coming out is my Tusk Portable Power and Jump Starter.
And with that is the jumper cables. So I’ve got tubes, I’ve got a front tube and a rear
tube. I’ve got a little pump, and then I have bag that has all the connectors for that pump.
So you’ve got your cigarette lighter adapter, just the other parts and pieces that go with
that. Just found a little bag that was about the right size. And then I also have a buddy
toe strap, and then some rock straps. So in case I’m wearing my jacket, I don’t wanna
wear it, it’s hot, I can strap it over the back of the machine. And then I have a Tusk
Tire Repair Kit. So this has patches, plugs, CO2, pretty much anything you need to fix
a flat tire, right there, in that pack. Next, we’re going to look and see what’s inside
my Enduro Tank Bag. There’s some things that I want to get to quick and easily. I’ve got
some things like some earplugs for those long highway sections. I’ve got some extra ziplocks
in here, some gallon-sized ziplocks, in case I get into some rain, and I need to hurry
up and get my phone dry. I’ve got an extra pair of gloves, I wear dirt gloves a lot.
And I like to have an extra set close at hand. One of my favorite items that I never knew
that I was gonna need is a headlamp. When you get camping and you need both hands to
cook dinner, or both hands to work on a machine, or whatever, these things are lifesavers.
I bring a pair of safety glasses, so not really safety glasses, but clear lenses. So, on our
adventure bikes, we can flip up or shield. And sometimes when the going gets tight, I
like my shield up, get a little more air flow. But at night, when the sun goes down, your
sunglasses don’t work to protect your eyes for that slow glowing. So I’ve got these.
I normally wear my sunglasses during the day and then as soon as it gets dark, I’ll throw
those in. I always carry a hard map. I run the GPS’s,
I’ve got the Garmin Zumo, I also have the inReach. So I pretty much know where I’m at
at all times using these two items, but I always like a hard map. Just some other things,
some charging cables to keep my phone charged, to keep even the little…the portable power
thing charged. Some more cables. Now onto shield care. I’ve got, right here, I’ve got
a small bottle of Plexus for the outside and I’ve got some anti-fog for the inside of my
shield. And I use it on my sunglasses as well. I also have a lighter, I have some waterproof
matches, an air gauge. I found that you always need an air gauge, always checking the air
pressure. So it’s nice to have that close at hand. I’ve got a little thing of DEET, bug repellent.
And then, of course, some snacks. I like to carry an assortment. You never know when you’re
going to need, and what kind of snacks. And then some gum. And that’s what I have inside
here. So this isn’t my main food, of course. This is just what I have close at hand, this
is what I’m gonna be using on the road. It’s kind of disorganized in here but I know what’s
in there. And it actually works pretty well for me. So moving on to the back of the bike, I have
the Enduro duffel. And it’s on there pretty securely. One thing that I do like about how
it’s mounted is I can always tighten it up. I can use different straps, I can use more
straps. I’ve not ever lost a soft bag off the back. I really like these soft bags back
here. So, yeah, we’ll just take it off so I can show you what’s inside this thing. I’m
guessing this is going to amaze you. Attached to the side of this, I do have the bottle
holders. They’re actually sold separately but I’ve got a little sitting there that’s
separate of the bag. All right, now moving on to our Rocky Mountain
saddle bags. So, come off pretty easy. It’s just another rolltop bag. And they have a
waterproof liner, so pretty simple just to pull that liner out. Ready to go. I’ve got
a couple more things in here I want to show you. One of them, I’ve got my Giant Loop bushwhackers,
and those are hand guards. So if the weather gets bad, if it gets cold, it’s one strap
that go on over the top of your existing hand guards. They’re pretty beat up, you can see.
I take these things everywhere. But I really do like how much water and cold they take
off…keep from your hands. Depending on the ride, so this ride, we’re
gonna do some miles. And so I’ve got an extra quart of oil. So moving on other side here,
it’s the same thing, just on the other side of the bike. These seem scary until you get
used to the system and how it works. They look like they might be a pain to work with,
but it’s actually pretty slick. All right, so here we are with the Enduro duffel. And
this basically has all of my tent, my sleeping bag, so all the actual camping stuff, I have
in here. So first thing out, I’ve got my tent stakes. The tent I use is Eureka! Midori,
takes five tent stakes. And I’ve set it up, so I know exactly what it takes. I’ve got the waterproof bag in here, so you’ve
got your waterproof liner. And inside that, I’ve got my Big Agnes 15-degree sleeping bag.
So it’s pretty compact but you could actually go bigger, I think you could get zero in here.
And with that, I’ve got the Q-Core insulated mat, that’s part of the Big Agnes sleep system.
And then I have the Eureka! Midori 2 tent. And this tent is just right for what we’re
doing. It’s actually a two-person tent, but by the time I get all my gear inside out of
the rain, this works really well. The vestibule is just the right size, put your boots underneath
it. I really dig this tent. All right, so then one of my favorite things,
we have the Joey chair. It’s the camp chair that, you could see that’s pretty small package.
And then underneath the waterproof liner, or separate, is my footprint. And this is
a footprint…this is just a homemade one we made out of Tyvek for this tent. So it’s
going to be dirty, it’s going to be wet. So I keep that separate. All right, now we’re
moving on to what I have in my saddle bags. You pack for the ride, and so this one, it
looks like we could get some weather, we’re probably gonna have some highs in the 60s.
So I’ve got some extra cold weather stuff that I normally wouldn’t carry this time of
year. But I’ve got things like a beanie, I’ve got a lite balaclava, I’ve got a big cold-weather
balaclava. I have my mid-layer. So I’ve got my jacket
and I have my pants. So these are both fairly thick mid-layers. You could see they’re pretty
bulky. And then I have my electric, my heated gear. So I have a jacket in here, and a controller.
And then also my heated gloves. I also have some heated pants, the heated pant liners,
but I don’t think you may encounter them on this trip. And then moving on to the food. And so inside
these bags…because I like to put things in different bags. And these are just things
that I found work. They’re not designed necessarily for this but I like to be able to get into
my bag and say, “Okay, I’m going to cook dinner, cook breakfast.” And I want everything, so
I know that if I got these two, I’ve got everything I need for my cooking. And inside here, I’ve
got my milk tea, I have some cup of noodles. I have coffee, I have…these are just chicken
bouillon cubes, instant oatmeal for breakfast, my creamer, and I’ve just got a little cheap
cup. And then I have my Jetboil. All of that fits into that little pack right there, quite
a bit going on. And then, over in this other one, I normally
do a couple dehydrated meals and I also do a cup of soup. So these are just some new
ones I’m trying. I’ve got some dehydrated meals, and then these cool little things.
So the fold’s flat, but it’s actually a plate. So most of the time I’m eating out of the
package. With the dehydrated stuff, you’d eat out of the package, and stew, you’d eat
it out of the can. But I don’t know, I picked this up and thought I’d give them a shot,
and see how much I like them. So also, with my food, I have more zip locks, the gallon-sized
zip locks. And these are primarily for garbage. That’s something that I didn’t…you don’t
anticipate the first couple of times. And you’re like, “Man, I wish I had a place for
my garbage.” So I carry that. I also have some plastic utensils. So that’s pretty much
it on my food kit. My clothes. I don’t know who to give credit
for this system, but someone told us about the gallon zip lock system. And I don’t know
if it was on a forum or what. What we’ve been using is, it’s a day. So each day is a zip
lock. So, four-day trip, I have three days worth of clothes here. So I have, inside here,
I didn’t put my underwear in here just for the sake of scaring you guys. But normally
I’d have my fresh set of underwear, I’ve got a fresh pair of socks, riding socks, I’ve
got a fresh jersey, riding jersey, like a wicking material, and whatever skins I’m using.
So I have some Moto-Skiveez in here, I have some more thermal in this one, and then some
slick, bike skins in this one, a vintage jersey instead of the base layer in this one, another
base layer in this one. But they’re pretty much…so what happens is you get to camp,
you set up your camp, you go in and you clean up, and change out into your leisure clothes.
And that’s what I have here. So I have a pair of shorts that can be a swimsuit
as well, and then some regular socks and a t-shirt, just for relaxing around the fire
or whatever I’m doing that night, even if we’re at a motel or whatever. I can pretty
much go out on the town in these clothes. So these clothes are separate. But when I
get ready to go, I change out everything, changing out my underwear, change out my socks.
And then the dirty stuff goes back into the same bag, and the bag goes back in you pannier
or your saddle bag. So everything is contained in this gallon-size. And we found this gallon-size
works perfect. The zip lock, of course, keeps things pretty dry. Moving on, something that I won’t go without
is baby wipes. Cleanup after the day, I’m a big fan of the baby wipes. And then I just
have a little bag of my toiletries. I’ve got some Ibuprofen in here, I have sunscreen,
toothpaste, underarm, just your basic stuff. So I have everything I need. But it’s not
luxurious by any means. You’re going to run into people out there that have less. They
like more the minimalist approach. They’re not going to have change of clothes everyday,
or fresh underwear everyday, or whatever. And their meals are going to be different.
I’ve done quite a bit of research on meals, and what you guys like out there as far as
meals go. And everybody is different. There’s some people out there that want to cook. I
like to ride on these things. I don’t like to spend…I don’t like to do a lot of work
in camp. And so anything that can be simpler and easier, I’m all for. I’m a pretty big
guy, I don’t use a ton of energy when I ride. So making sure I have enough calories everyday
isn’t a super big deal. If you have other needs, if you’re going on a long ride and
you need to sustain yourself for a long, long time, of course, your system, your setup is
going to be different. But for me, for the casual guy, that we’re just going on three,
four-day trips, maybe week-long trips, this works great for me. One thing I touched on a minute ago was water.
So, when I show up, as you can see, I’m going to use a lot of water. Every time I show up
at camp, I’ve got everything almost here needs some water. So I like to show up at camp with
three small bottles of water. I just know that that’s how much it takes, three of those
bottles. I need to show up at camp with three. And because you’ve got dinner, you’ve got
breakfast, you’ve got brushing your teeth, you’ve got a little bit of cleanup. And I’ve
tried to do it with two, and I was nervous the whole time I was going to run out, and
so I wasn’t using what I wanted to use. And I normally stash those wherever I can. One
thing we have learned is you don’t want to put these in with your clothes, especially
in a hard pannier. You’ll break them, you’ll get all you clothes wet. So that’s why I use
the bottle holders or I’ll stuff them in the tank pannier, or I’ll stuff them somewhere
else. I just don’t want to get everything wet. We’ve actually put this all back together
in some different luggage, just to show you the difference. What we have here is we have
the Expedition dry duffel, and then we have the Tusk panniers. So these are the large panniers,
not the mediums. So everything, we just laid out. Everything we talked about is on this
right now. And so, just looking inside here, you can see that there’s quite a bit of room.
There’s tons of extra room in here that, if you need to bring something else, or carry
extra luggage, just for a frame of reference, that’s how much more room there is. I would
use this setup, this is just a different setup. It’s bigger, there’s quite a bit more space
in there. So if I’m going to do a trip where I’m doing lots of street, I’m using hotels
a lot, maybe I’ve got my lovely wife with me, whatever it is, and I need more luggage
space, this is what I’m going to use. Essentially, it’s unlimited. You can have
any setup you want on your bikes. And you see it all the time, You’ve got guys with
duffel bags, regular duffel bags, or street saddlebags that are tied on these things,
and they seem totally happy with it. So there’s a lot of different options. One more option, we talked about going big.
This one’s more going small. So these bags, the Enduro series, you don’t even need pannier
racks or anything to hug on your bike. They basically just go over the top of the rear
of your seat. And I actually, the last time we went out, I used these bags. And I was
able to get everything that we talked about in our kit, besides the cold weather stuff.
So I didn’t have my cold weather balaclava, I didn’t have my heated gloves, and I didn’t
have my heated jacket, my heated liner. But everything else went into these saddlebags
and that Enduro duffel. And so it just depends how you want to do it. And it seems like the
longer I do this, the smaller I try to make my kit, and the smaller I try to be lighter.
Lighter is always better especially when you got the weight back at the back, and it’s
high up. So this is a good option. And there’s other bags that are about this size, that,
I think, would work fine as well. Whatever way you decide to go, I want to basically
tell you guys thanks for spending the time and getting to know what’s inside my camping
gear, inside my kit, inside my bags. I hope you guys get out there and get on an adventure.
And when you do need things, make sure you check us out at rockymountainatvmc.com