I am currently packing for another travel adventure. This time I am meeting some friends – and scooter hobbyists – in Big Bend NP the last week in October – about an 8 hour drive from Austin. I am not meeting them until I get to Marfa, which means I will be riding out there on my own. Which is both thrilling and slightly nerve wracking.
To add to the excitement, I intend to camp in the park. Which means I intend to pack all my camping gear, clothes, and emergency supplies on the bike. I pride myself on being an awesome packer. So here is my solution, and packing list.
|Tent||Tire plug kit + bike tire pump|
|Tent stakes (outside)||Jumper cables|
|Camp pillow||Turtle fur balaclava|
|Pillow case||Camera Bag|
|Thermarest camp matress||Camera +2 lenses|
|Camp towel||Manfrotto small tripod|
|Alight Monarch camp chair||Armadillo armor jacket (hoody)|
|Sleeping back (outside)|
|Water bottles (x2) (outside)||Rear case:|
|Camp stove||Clothing (in a green shopping bag):|
|Propane||Wool hiking socks (x2)|
|Headlight||Sock liners (x2)|
|Coffee cup||Wool hat|
|Snacks (trail mix, pro bars)||Regular socks (x2)|
|Starbucks via||Navy sweatshirt + sweatpants|
|Tent fan||Lightweight cargo pants|
|Pipe + pipe tobacco||Lightweight pajama pants|
|Backpack rain cover||3 tank tops|
|Emergency camp whistle||2 long sleeved shirts|
|Extra D batteries||Undies and bras|
|Space blanket||Sun hat|
|Slip on camp sandals|
|Hiking boots (doubles as safe riding shoes)||Toiletries:|
|Extra gas can||Shampoo + Conditioner|
|iPhone + charging cable||Sunscreen|
|Extra bungee cables||Lotion|
|Bug bite stuff + bug spray|
I’m kinda a diva when I sleep, so you’ll notice “luxury” items on there, like a little fan (if it’s hot at night) and a space blanket (if it’s cold at night). Hey, it fits, so why not. Also, my clothes are all packed in a green reusable shopping bag. It fit better in the rear case than actual luggage, and it gets the job done.
Here’s how it all fits together:
Urban Moto Shop in Austin hooked me up with a USB port connected to my electrical system. I grabbed an old phone holder from my bicycle and strapped it to the headset. The charger cable reaches across to the phone, which will allow me to have maps up and music playing all the way.
I also decided to add a windshield. I got the large Givi windscreen for Vespa GT/GTS. Having the wind smack straight into my body gets tiring after a while, plus I am remembering all the bugs that collect on my car windshield when I head out to west Texas, so I’m thinking this was a good purchase.
I just took this rig for a spin around town, and everything seemed good to go. It throws off the weight a bit, sort of like when you have a passenger on the back, and the sleeping bag hits my helmet, sort of like a backrest. But, overall I think this will work.
Stay tuned for pics from the trip.